Montana ACT Program Providers

Almost every DUI I handle that doesn’t result in a not-guilty verdict or an outright dismissal includes a requirement that the defendant complete an approved ACT Program and complete any suggested follow-up treatment.

Currently in Kalispell, there is only one approved ACT Provider: Flathead Valley Chemical Dependency Clinic. As of today, they are charging $375 for the program. They can be reached by calling 756-6453 for the Kalispell office. They also have offices in Eureka, Libby, and Thompson Falls.

The next closest alternative for those of us in the Flathead is Western Montana Addiction Services, with offices in Missoula and Polson. In Missoula, they can be reached at 406-532-9800 and in Polson their number is 406-883-7310.

As a reminder, completing the ACT class is often a condition of a plea deal. If you have plead in a DUI case (or to reckless driving where the original charges were DUI) and agreed to enroll in the ACT program within a certain amount of time: MAKE SURE YOU DO IT. The last thing you want is to jeopardize your freedom because you didn’t get moving and make a phone call to take a class.

If you have any questions about the ACT Class or ACT Providers, please call me at 406-752-6373. I offer a free first meeting with people accused of DUI so you’ve really got nothing to lose.

Barkus Pleads No Contest to Boating Under the Influence

Under a recently reached plea agreement, Kalispell state Sen. Greg Barkus will plead no contest to felony criminal endangerment for his part in the August 2009 boat crash on Flathead Lake that injured five people.

The plea agreement sets a 3 year deferred sentence and dismisses the other two felony charges of negligent vehicular assault. Before it becomes final Judge John McKeon of Malta must approve it.

Tthe deferred sentence could end in18 months if there are no violations. Also, Barkus will be required to pay the state $4,000 in restitution.

The agreement is signed by Barkus, Glazier and Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan. The original charges against Barkus, stemming from allegations that he was Boating Under the Influence of Alcohol, carried a possible sentence of 30 years in prison.