There were 4,240 DUI arrests in the State of Montana in 2013.

Have you been charged with DUI? Are you scared and confused? You should be.

DUI charges can be life-altering. Not only can you go to jail for your mistake, you can lose your driver’s license and even worse, you can carry the conviction with you for the rest of your life. In addition, you can be fined a great deal of money and your insurance rates are all but guaranteed to shoot through the roof!

The penalties for DUI (driving under the influence) and DWI (driving while intoxicated) offenses can be very serious. If you’ve been arrested for DUI or DWI and want to fight the charge, you should understand all of the defenses that may be available to you. By mounting a viable defense, you might help persuade the prosecution to drop or reduce the charges, prevent the suspension of your driver’s license, or even get an acquittal after a trial.

In a DUI or DWI case, the prosecution must prove two main things: 1) the person being charged (the “defendant”) drove a vehicle and 2) at the same time, the defendant was “under the influence” — meaning that the person’s ability to drive safely was affected to an appreciable degree by drinking alcohol, taking a drug, or a combination of alcohol and drugs.

In a DUI or DWI case, a defense can be anything that proves one of these two elements wrong, and thus prevents the prosecution from proving its case. A defense might also prevent the prosecution from introducing evidence at trial, which reduces the prosecution’s ability to prove its case.

Conveniently located in both Kalispell, Montana and Libby, Montana, The Law Offices of Scott G. Hilderman, P.C., understands the seriousness of these kinds of charges. We have extensive experience and have enjoyed overwhelming success over the last 15 years defending DUI charges.

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Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (“DUI”)………………§ 61-8-401, Montana Code Annotated(MCA) https://www.mdt.mt.gov/visionzero/docs/dui_penalties.pdf

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