Charged with DUI? Possessing or manufacturing drugs? More serious crimes? Were your rights violated? Do you have a legal issue to be brought before a judge? We can help. Unless you have extensive knowledge of the legal system in Montana, these are situations in which expert advice can make all the difference. We at Judnich Law have been practicing criminal law for nearly 15 years and, as former prosecutors, we know the challenges and opportunities in preparing a successful, rock-solid defense.
Why Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer?
Criminal defense law covers everything from representing individuals before they are charged, though the sentencing and appeals stages. Criminal charges can range from minor traffic offenses up to deliberate homicide. Our firm represents people in need of help from all ranges of seriousness. Retaining an attorney when someone knows that criminal charges against them are being reviewed can often result in beneficial results in many areas such as pre-arranging bail, pre-arranging appearing in court as opposed to being arrested, as well as discussion of the charges being reviewed. If you know criminal charges are being considered against you or someone you know, call us for a free consultation to discuss the options.
Being charged with a criminal offense is often a new and confusing experience. Most people have no idea what to expect when they are charged or what to do. Our firm will explain the process to you and navigate you through the legal process so that the best possible outcome can result in your case. Above all – do not speak to anyone without an attorney present.
What We Do
In Missoula, criminal defense representation includes assistance in reducing bail, arranging court appearances and scheduling, and potential referrals for expert analysis such as chemical dependency. First, we will accompany you to court for your arraignment, the initial meeting where you enter your plea. Then our attorneys enter the investigation phase, advising you about what to expect, gathering information, and negotiating with the prosecution.
Part of our investigation includes researching the legal procedures surrounding your case to determine if law enforcement followed the law or violated an accused’s rights. Police officers are not above the law; we at Judnich Law ensure they didn’t overstep their bounds in their treatment of you and your property. Our Missoula criminal defense attorneys defend your rights every step of the way.
Our initial legal consultations are free of charge but can help you greatly. Here are some of the criminal defense areas we specialize in.
A Montana DUI charge is a serious one, as first-time offenders could spend up to six months in jail and pay up to $1,000 in fines — not to mention having your driver’s license revoked for six months. We at Judnich Law will investigate whether the police officer(s) involved followed proper procedure and ask whether you took field sobriety tests. Keep in mind that if you’re suspected of a DUI, you have to give the officer your license, registration, and insurance, but after that, you should look straight ahead and politely decline to take any field sobriety tests.
Even if you take field sobriety tests, our DUI lawyers can still help with your case, advise you how to plead, and help you prepare for court. If you’re worried about having an interlock device put on your car, having your license taken away, or having a DUI charge on your record, it’s essential that you call an experienced DUI attorney in Missoula as soon as you’re charged. We have the experience and legal knowledge to help you get the best results.
Read more about our Missoula DUI laywers here.
Did an officer pull you over for a traffic violation, only to discover a controlled substance on your passenger seat? Were you caught growing marijuana in your home? With your future, criminal record, and job prospects at stake, a drug charge is not something to shrug off. At Judnich Law, we look into whether police had proper authorization to search your home or vehicle (such as a search warrant) or if they relied on threats and intimidation.
The important thing to remember is no drugs or alcohol from the time you were charged until you appear in court, as you’ll have to take a drug test when you arrive. If you do have a drug problem, the criminal defense attorneys at Judnich Law can help direct you to an effective treatment program so you can get the help you need. Don’t let a drug charge dictate the rest of your life.
Read more about our Missoula drug attorneys here.
Offender Registry Delisting
After having registered on Montana’s sexual or violent offender list to comply with our state’s Sexual or Violent Offender Registration Act, some people in specific cases are eligible to be removed. This means you can move forward in pursuing the job and apartment you want without the stigma that has followed you. However, these cases have a number of requirements, and our attorneys will need to do a phone intake and free in-person consultation to assess whether you’re eligible.
Read more about our sexual and violent offender registry delisting here.
Criminal Defense Legal Process
Every case and every charge is unique, and as a result, every client that we represent has a case that is handled differently than any other. Our firm takes the time to evaluate what the best course of action is for you and what strategies we may take to accomplish that goal. In criminal defense, you get what you pay for, so investing in a Missoula criminal defense attorney retainer is an investment in your liberty and your future. We strive to maintain consistent client contact and answer any questions you may have. Our attorneys are always available via email for questions or in-office consultations.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a serious criminal offense, take the time to explore your options to make sure you are confident and comfortable with the serious choices you may have to face. Our years of experience in the criminal justice field and our history with law enforcement often lead to excellent results for our clients.