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United States 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 […]

Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Client Acquitted of Kidnapping – Receives No Jail Time

Grand Rapids, Michigan – This past July, Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law criminal defense lawyer, Michael Bartish obtained a not guilty verdict in a very bizarre kidnapping case in the 17th Circuit Court in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The bizarre nature of the case attracted a great deal of attention in the Grand Rapids Press, which devoted almost a […]

Assault and Battery: A Misunderstood Crime

An assault is the placing of a person in fear of imminent bodily harm; the harm is referred to as the battery (an unwanted physical touching). These cases often arise as one would ordinarily envision, an all-out brawl. However, instances of heated arguments among family or friends can also be considered an assault and battery. […]

Drunk Driving (OWI, DUI, OUIL) in Grand Rapids, MI: What to Do If you are Pulled Over (A Guide to Handling a Stop by the Police)

Downtown Grand Rapids will be hosting a number of fun and exciting events in the next couple of weeks.  The Arena District will host it’s 9th annual Mardi Gras celebration this Thursday, March 4.  Laughfest runs March 6 though March 16 and has an even better lineup of comedians than last year.   Irish on […]

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 […]

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, […]