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Billings DUI Defense Attorney

There are a variety of reasons you may find yourself being pulled over by a Montana police officer for DUI. If you make an overly wide turn, are swerving or wavering from your own lane, braking erratically, driving too fast or too slow or almost hit another vehicle or object, the police officer may immediately assume you are driving under the influence.

Current Penalties for a Billings DUI

You could find yourself behind bars following a Montana DUI conviction—two days to six months for a first offense, seven days to six months for a second offense, thirty days to one year for a third offense, and up to five years for a fourth or subsequent offense. Your fines could range from $300 to $10,000, depending on whether it is a first, second, third, fourth or subsequent offense.

You could have your driver’s license revoked for a period of six months to a year—if you refuse a chemical or breathalyzer test, under Montana’s implied consent laws, you could face a license suspension from six months to a year with no possibility of a probationary license. You will also have to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle at your expense for a second, third, fourth or subsequent DUI conviction, and potentially even for a first.

Current Penalties for a Billings DUI

You could find yourself behind bars following a Montana DUI conviction—two days to six months for a first offense, seven days to six months for a second offense, thirty days to one year for a third offense, and up to five years for a fourth or subsequent offense. Your fines could range from $300 to $10,000, depending on whether it is a first, second, third, fourth or subsequent offense.

You could have your driver’s license revoked for a period of six months to a year—if you refuse a chemical or breathalyzer test, under Montana’s implied consent laws, you could face a license suspension from six months to a year with no possibility of a probationary license. You will also have to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle at your expense for a second, third, fourth or subsequent DUI conviction, and potentially even for a first.

OUR ATTORNEYS

Mathew B. Gallinger

Matt’s area of expertise spans a wide range of civil and criminal areas, including, family law, personal injury, accident litigation, DUI defense, minor criminal charges, and moving violations.

Steven L. Stockdale

Steven’s area of expertise span civil and criminal areas, including family law, personal injury, corporate law, contract law, minor criminal charges, and moving violations.ing, family law, personal injury, accident litigation, DUI defense, minor criminal charges, and moving violations.

Tyler T. Dugger

Tyler’s area of expertise cross all realms of civil litigation with extensive work with DUI defense.

OUR ATTORNEYS

Mathew B. Gallinger

Matt’s area of expertise spans a wide range of civil and criminal areas, including, family law, personal injury, accident litigation, DUI defense, minor criminal charges, and moving violations.

Steven L. Stockdale

Steven’s area of expertise span civil and criminal areas, including family law, personal injury, corporate law, contract law, minor criminal charges, and moving violations.ing, family law, personal injury, accident litigation, DUI defense, minor criminal charges, and moving violations.

Tyler T. Dugger

Tyler’s area of expertise cross all realms of civil litigation with extensive work with DUI defense.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Could I Potentially Be Arrested for DUI Even if My Vehicle Was Stopped?

The answer to this question is an unequivocal “yes.” All a police officer must prove is that you had actual physical control over the vehicle. This means if you pull off the road to “sleep it off,” but your keys remain in the ignition, or even in the front seat, close to the ignition, you are considered to be in actual physical control of the vehicle and can be cited for DUI if your BAC is over the limit.

Can I Speak to an Attorney Before Submitting to a Chemical Test?

Under Montana law, a request to submit to a blood or urine test is not considered a “custodial interrogation,” therefore you are not entitled to legal representation. While you are not legally obligated to submit to a chemical test, there are penalties for not doing so.

Am I Required to Take a Breathalyzer Test?

Like a chemical test, you are not legally required to submit to a breathalyzer test, however you can be penalized for refusing to do so through the loss of your driver’s license.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Could I Potentially Be Arrested for DUI Even if My Vehicle Was Stopped?

The answer to this question is an unequivocal “yes.” All a police officer must prove is that you had actual physical control over the vehicle. This means if you pull off the road to “sleep it off,” but your keys remain in the ignition, or even in the front seat, close to the ignition, you are considered to be in actual physical control of the vehicle and can be cited for DUI if your BAC is over the limit.

Can I Speak to an Attorney Before Submitting to a Chemical Test?

Under Montana law, a request to submit to a blood or urine test is not considered a “custodial interrogation,” therefore you are not entitled to legal representation. While you are not legally obligated to submit to a chemical test, there are penalties for not doing so.

Am I Required to Take a Breathalyzer Test?

Like a chemical test, you are not legally required to submit to a breathalyzer test, however you can be penalized for refusing to do so through the loss of your driver’s license.