DUI in Flathead Justice Court

In Montana, a person’s first, second, and third conviction for DUI are misdemeanor offenses. This means that your case will generally be held in Justice Court. In Flathead County, the Justice Court is located on the second floor of the Justice Center.

The fourth and subsequent convictions are felonies, meaning that they must be heard in District Court, and not in Justice in Court. Justice Court is a County Court, with jurisdiction over whatever happens in the County. That means that if you are arrested for DUI in Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, or Bigfork – you may end up in Flathead County Justice Court.

Make no mistake, Justice Court is a very real court with very real judges who can sentence you to very real jail time. Some people have the mistaken impression that Justices of the Peace only marry people. But as many DUI offenders in Flathead County can attest, a Justice of the Peace can also sentence offenders to jail time. As we’ve discussed before, even a first offense for DUI can carry up to six months in prison. That is why it is so important you protect yourself when accused of DUI in Flathead County. If you, or someone you know, has been charged with Drunk Driving, please call me today for a free consultation.

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