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Supreme Court Reverses Conviction in Drug Overdose Case

The tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman has drawn a lot of attention recently to the dangers of heroin (see attached article on the subsequent investigation of his death), but a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court makes it much more difficult for the prosecution to impose harsh mandatory minimum sentences (20 years – […]

Feds Increasing Prosecutions for Undocumented Immigrants

Criminal prosecutions for undocumented immigrants are up 10% since 2012 and more than 50% since 2008, according to analysis of deportation statistics by WoodTV.

What is a No Contest Plea?

Occasionally, a client will ask about the option of pleading “no contest” to a criminal offense rather than entering a guilty plea.  Sometimes, this question is prompted by the misguided assumption that “no contest” plea will result in a different outcome to your criminal case than a guilty plea.  Mlive.com recently ran an article where […]

Transporting Medical Marijuana Law Can Trip Up Medical Marijuana Users

Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law has recently handled a number of cases where medical marijuana users were charged with violating the state of Michigan’s new Improper Transportation of Marijuana Law.  The new law, called “Transporting or Possession of Usable Marihuana” took effect on April 1st of 2013.  This marijuana law  impacts the rights of medical marijuana patients […]

Latest on Legal Dispute Over Site of Electric Forest Festival

Hit the link below for the latest on the legal dispute over the site of  the Electric Forest Festival.  Hard to believe anybody or anything could stand in the way of the millions of dollars this festival generates.  Hope it works out quickly so fans don’t get cold feet about attending this year.  #electricforest http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/muskegon/index.ssf/2014/02/electric_forest_a_breakdown_of.html#incart_river_default […]

United State’s Sentencing Commission Proposing Reduction in ALL Federal Drug Offenses

The United States Sentencing Commission voted on January 9, 2014 to publish proposed guideline amendments that would lower by two levels the base offense level for all federal drug trafficking crimes.  This proposed change would like lower sentences by an average of 11 months and reduce the number of federal prisoners by an estimated 6,550 […]

How Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Help Me?

Located in Grand Rapids and Fremont, attorneys at Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law P.L.L.C. have impressive resumes in criminal law. Former Judge Advocate General (J.A.G.) and FBI agents, we know the criminal justice system inside out. We put our extensive knowledge of how the government prosecutes cases to work for you. Skilled negotiators and litigators, […]