Flathead DUI

If you’ve been charged with DUI or DUI per se in Flathead County, your actual charges could be in a number of different courts depending on a few different factors. First off, it’s important to know whether you’re charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. Your first, second, and third DUIs are misdemeanors. This means that the maximum possible term of imprisonment is 6 months in the county jail. A fourth or subsequent DUI is a felony and punishable by imprisonment in the state prison. If you’ve been charged with felony DUI, the case will be handled by Flathead County District Court which is located at:

920 South Main, 3rd Floor
Kalispell, MT 59901

If you are charged with a felony DUI, your first Court appearance will actually be in Justice Court. This does not mean that Justice Court will preside over your entire case, only that hearing takes place there.

If you’re charged with misdemeanor DUI, your charges could take place in either the county court or in a city court, depending on where you were arrested. If you were arrested within Kalispell City limits by the Kalispell Police Department, then your charges will be in Kalispell Municipal Court presided over by the Honorable Lori Adams. Kalispell Municipal Court is located at:

312 1st Ave East
Kalispell, Mt 59901

All of the city courts can hear any misdemeanor DUI offense, so unless the charge is a felony a case that starts in city court will likely stay in city court. Whitefish also has a municipal court, and if you’re arrested for driving under the influence within Whitefish city limits, you’re case will be presided over by the Honorable Bradley Johnson at Whitefish Municipal Court, located at:

275 Flathead Ave
Whitefish, MT 59937

And finally, Columbia Falls also has a city court which is presided over by the Honorable Susan “Tina” Gordon. Columbia Falls City Court is located at:

Columbia Falls City Hall
130 6th Street West
Columbia Falls, MT 59912.

Again, if you’re arrested within city limits for Kalispell, Whitefish, or Columbia Falls, your DUI charges will be in the city (or municipal) court for that jurisdiction. However, a great deal of Flathead County contains unincorporated areas. So, if you’re in Bigfork, Somers, or anywhere outside the three major cities and arrested for DUI – your case will be handled by the Flathead Justice Court. Flathead County Justice Court is presided over by the Honorable Mark R. Sullivan and the Honorable Daniel R. Wilson. It is located at:

920 South Main, 2nd Floor
Kalispell, MT 59901

Flathead County Justice Court is in the same building as Flathead County District Court, which can lead to some confusion. But, they are entirely separate courts and handle different cases. Technically, Justice Court has jurisdiction over any misdemeanor DUI that occurs in Flathead County. Practically, only those that occur outside the city limits for Kalispell, Whitefish, and Columbia Falls are actually prosecuted there.

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