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Emergency Release from Jails and Prisons during COVID-19 and Coronavirus

UPDATED December 30, 2020 Correctional facilities around the country are actively trying to figure out how to mitigate and contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in crowded, confined spaces where social distancing is virtually impossible. This article addresses the options for federal prisoners, Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) prisoners, and inmates in county jails to obtain […]

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Super Lawyers: Springstead and Bartish Two of 2017’s Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Grand Rapids

Attorneys Gary Springstead and Mike Bartish have been named Super Lawyers in 2017, by Super Lawyers magazine.   Attorneys are selected based on peer nominations, professional achievements, practice area, and peer reviews.  Less than 5% of attorneys in the State of Michigan earn this prestigious designation, according to Super Lawyers. Springstead and Bartish began practicing together […]

Ryan Lochte Unlikely to be Extradited to Brazil to Face Charges

United States Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is facing accusations, in Brazil, that he lied to the police about being robbed a gunpoint.  (See http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/19/sports/olympics/police-say-ryan-lochte-lied-about-gunpoint-assault.html). Having already returned to the United States from Brazil, this article discusses whether he could be extradited back to Brazil to face possible charges.  As the following argument demonstrates, it is unlikely Mr. […]

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5 Tips for Traveling to the 2016 Electric Forest Festival

Electric Forest Festival 2016 The 2016 Electric Forest Festival is almost here and tens of thousands of concertgoers are getting ready to head out to the Forest. Law enforcement also knows this. If you don’t want to be the stopped by the police on your way to the Forest, review these 5 tips: Tip #1 […]

Federal Criminal Charges in Grand Rapids Embezzlement | Credit Card Fraud Case

An Mlive article details an interesting new federal criminal case filed in Grand Rapid recently (click here to read the full story).  In the article, the federal prosecutor describes the alleged scheme.

Michigan Attorney Gary Springstead Elected to Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan board

Attorney Gary K. Springstead of Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law’s Fremont office was recently elected to the board of directors of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. 

What are My Miranda Rights?

Law enforcement officers are under pressure to get arrests and convictions for violent crimes. In the rush to judgment, innocent people’s rights can be trampled upon. There may be attempts at coercion or bullying. Even if you have been arrested for a violent crime, you still have rights under the law. Violent crimes defense lawyers […]

What Are My Rights if I Am Accused of a Federal Crime?

Having the weight of the federal government on your back is very frightening. If you don’t handle yourself right, you can find your future changed forever.  Just being charged with a federal crime carries a stigma, even though by U.S. law you are innocent until proven guilty. Federal criminal lawyers work to protect your rights […]

What Crimes Can Affect My Immigration Status?

Certain criminal convictions can lead to immigrants being deported from the United States. However, you don’t necessarily have to be convicted — just admitting to elements of a crime can affect your immigration status. Not just felonies are considered — a misdemeanor conviction may count against you as well. A knowledgeable immigration attorney can work […]

What are Drug Crimes?

United States laws make the possession, manufacture, distribution and abuse of controlled substances illegal. These drug crimes involve narcotics, marijuana and other illegal drugs — as well as the misuse of prescription drugs. A simple charge of possession can result in felony charges, jail time, the loss of your reputation and future employment opportunities. A […]