DUIs and Other Traffic Offenses
If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or received a ticket for reckless driving or another traffic offense in Montana, it is important to understand the consequences of your situation. If you pay the ticket (which amounts to pleading guilty to the alleged offense), it does not simply go away. In fact, in Montana, traffic tickets remain on your record permanently. If you get stopped again, you could lose your license in addition to facing enhanced fines and other penalties.
We provide defense representation for individuals charged with DUI and other traffic offenses in Shelby and all of Montana. In order to maximize your chances of avoiding costly penalties, it is important that you contact us promptly. To discuss your DUI or traffic ticket in confidence, call us at 406-434-5244 or tell us how to reach you online today.
DUI Defense Attorneys in Shelby, MT
In Montana, a first-time DUI can lead to fines, insurance surcharges and even jail time. Montana’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for non-commercial drivers over the age of 21 is 0.08 percent, while this drops to 0.04 percent for commercial drivers and 0.02 percent for underage drivers. If you blew 0.16 percent or above, you can be charged with “aggravated DUI.” Having minors in your vehicle, driving on a suspended license and various other aggravating factors can increase your potential penalties, too.
If this is your second or third DUI arrest, the penalties you are facing have now increased substantially. You could be facing up to one year of jail time, as well as fines of anywhere from $1,200 to $5,000. This, again, is for a “standard” repeat offense. If aggravating factors are involved, the penalties that are on the table are even more significant. A fourth DUI in Montana is a felony offense.
Additional penalties for a DUI conviction in Montana include:
- 10 “conviction points” on your driving record
- Driver’s license suspension
- Probationary driving privileges with use of an ignition interlock device
- Participation in assessment, course and treatment programs (at your expense)
- Enrollment in a 24/7 sobriety program
Experienced Legal Representation for All Montana Traffic Offenses
In addition to representing individuals charged with DUI, we provide representation for individuals who have received tickets for other Montana traffic offenses as well. Our attorneys can help you fight to avoid conviction or minimize the consequences of a ticket for:
- Driving on a suspended license
- Driving without a license
- Illegal drag racing
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Reckless driving
- Running a stop sign or traffic light
- Any other Montana traffic offense
For more information on the legal and practical consequences of a traffic offense conviction in Montana, you can read: Understanding the Montana Driving Record.