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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Montana

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Montana. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Montana, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in Montana. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
Herman "Chuck" Watson III
Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes Lawyer
Bozeman, MT
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Briana E. Kottke
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Missoula, MT
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Penelope S Strong
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Billings, MT
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Herman A. Watson IV
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Bozeman, MT
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Katy Stack
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Missoula, MT
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Nick Owens
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Billings, MT
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Greg Beebe
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Helena, MT
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Nicholas Zotti
Real Estate Law and Contracts Lawyer
Kalispell, MT
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Montana Legal Resources

Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MTACDL) - The Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MTACDL) was established in 1997 and supports private practitioners, full time public defenders, court appointed attorneys, and tribal court advocates in Montana. Its members are to uphold the practice of law and advocate for the rights of the accused. Members must certify that they are criminal defense attorneys in Montana who are not currently employed as a prosecutor in any local, state, tribal, or federal office.

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Defense

Criminal Trial Law - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

Montana Government and Court Resources

Montana Judicial Branch

Montana Judicial Branch - The Montana Judicial Branch plays a crucial role in upholding justice. Established upon Montana's statehood in 1889, its duties include interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, protecting individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters such as divorce and child custody. Montana's judiciary also addresses unique legal challenges, including those related to its vast rural landscapes and Native American communities.

Montana State Legislature

Montana State Legislature - The Montana State Legislature operates as a bicameral body, consisting of the Montana Senate and the Montana House of Representatives. The Senate comprises 50 members serving four-year terms, while the House has 100 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and natural resources management.

Montana State Public Defender's Office

Montana State Public Defender's Office - The Montana State Public Defender's Office is dedicated to providing legal representation for individuals who lack the financial means to hire private attorneys. Established to uphold constitutional rights, the office offers defense services, legal counsel, and advocacy for those facing criminal charges or legal proceedings. By ensuring equal access to legal defense, the Montana State Public Defender's Office plays a vital role in promoting fairness and justice within the state's legal system.

Montana Supreme Court

Montana Supreme Court - The Montana Supreme Court acts as the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting and upholding the law. Its primary duty involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the correct application and interpretation of state laws and the constitution. The court hears various cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout Montana. Additionally, the Montana Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

Office of the Attorney General of Montana

Office of the Attorney General of Montana - The Office of the Attorney General of Montana, led by the Attorney General elected by the people, serves as the chief legal advisor for the state. This office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Montana in legal matters, and overseeing law enforcement. The Attorney General plays a crucial role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a diverse array of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

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