Bozeman Criminal Defense Attorneys
Angel, Coil & Bartlett, PLLP – Bozeman, Montana Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving Citizens in the State of Montana
Below are some common frequently asked questions (FAQs) we receive from our clients regarding Montana criminal law and criminal defense.
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What Our Clients Say
I had the unfortunate experience of being arrested in Bozeman, MT shortly after I moved to the town. It was a very stressful and intimidating process to have to deal with, especially by myself. I knew that if I wanted to fight the charge I would need to employ the help of a private attorney. After nearly 2 weeks of searching for an attorney I was fortunate enough to have Angel, Coil & Bartlett suggested to me by another attorney in the area.
My attorney was smart, courteous, and sympathetic to my situation, which really made me feel comfortable, and in my opinion was my biggest reason for choosing their services. While a client, he was always willing to take my phone call or call me back after contacting the office. He kept me calm during the stressful process and was a great outlet to express my concerns. He was always professional, yet was not a corporate robot with no personality, he was able to relate to me and make me feel comfortable.
I am very happy that I employed his services and as so pleased with the result of my case and would highly suggest the firm’s services to anyone who needs proper representation and is unsure of who to trust in their time of need.
What are some examples of the types of cases your firm handles?
We represent clients accused of crimes ranging from DUI cases to complex homicide cases. Regardless of the type of crime you have been charged with, we can help.
Montana crimes are generally classified as misdemeanors or felonies. Misdemeanor penalties are generally limited to a year of jail time or less. Felonies, on the other hand, are subject to much higher fines and prison sentences. The lawyers at Angel, Coil & Bartlett have defended individuals in a vast variety of cases, which include, but are not limited to, traffic offenses, DUI, theft, issuing bad checks, forgery, burglary, intimidation, assault, partner and family member assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession or distribution of dangerous drugs, negligent homicide, vehicular homicide while under the influence, attempted homicide, and deliberate homicide.
Below are some links to our website addressing cases we commonly handle in our firm:
- Alcohol Related Offenses
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol
- DUI Defense
- DUI Per Se (Alcohol)
- DUI Per Se (THC – Marijuana / Cannabis)
- Aggravated DUI
- Aggravated Assault
- Assault With a Weapon
- Domestic Disputes
- Partner or Family Member Assault
- Vehicular Homicide While Under the Influence
- Negligent Vehicular Assault
- Criminal Child Endangerment
- Drug Offenses
- Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Paraphernalia
- Firearms Violations
- Burglary / Theft / Trespassing
- Property Crimes / Embezzlement
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Intercourse Without Consent
- Accusations of Rape
- Statutory Rape
- Felony Murder
- Negligent Homicide
- Deliberate Homicide / Murder
- Federal and State Felonies
- Misdemeanor Offenses
- Driver’s License Suspensions
- Jury and Judge Trials
- Probation Violations
- Protective Orders
What Experience Does Your Firm Have Defending Criminal Cases?
Montana criminal law is a specialized area of law involving complicated legal issues. At Angel, Coil & Bartlett, our Bozeman attorneys have decades of experience representing clients in their Montana criminal cases and keep up on the most recent legal arguments and trial techniques. As a client of our firm, you will benefit from our attorneys’ experience in bringing Montana criminal cases to trial, challenging unlawful police procedures and practices, analyzing and scrutinizing criminal cases for strengths and weaknesses in preparation for trial, and negotiating favorable resolutions to your case with the prosecuting attorney. Our lawyers practice in both state and federal courts.
What Rights do I Have as a Resident or Visitor of the State of Montana?
As a citizen of the United States and as a resident or visitor of the State of Montana, you have certain constitutional rights under the United States Constitution and the Montana Constitution. Under the Montana Constitution, you have an explicit right to privacy under Article II, Section 10 of the Montana Constitution as well as the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article II, Section 11 of the Montana Constitution. Citizens in the State of Montana benefit from heightened privacy protections not enjoyed in most other U.S. states and these principles apply to Montana criminal defense cases. Our attorneys will scrutinize your case for constitutional violations and ensure that law enforcement respected your rights during your involvement with police. Montana criminal cases can often be resolved in favor of the defendant by establishing that the police violated the defendant’s constitutional rights.
Most people have heard legal buzzwords on T.V. such as Miranda rights, illegal searches and seizures, the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, wrongfully accused, wrongful convictions, false identifications, DNA evidence, exonerations, and the like. However, most people, understandably, don’t have the faintest idea what they mean or how they are important to their case. Our attorneys deal with these concepts in everyday practice and will explain to you how these terms relate to your case.
Why is it Important to Retain an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney?
Being accused of a crime in Montana is no small matter. The penalties can include, but are by no means limited to: incarceration, incarceration fees, loss of your Montana or other state driver’s license(s) and privileges, fines, mandatory substance abuse classes, sentencing conditions that limit your ability to frequent establishments where alcohol is served, a prohibition against the use of alcohol for a period of time, a requirement that any vehicle you drive be equipped with an interlock device, points on your driving record, an increase in insurance premiums, the stigma associated with a criminal conviction, forfeiture of your vehicle, probation and/or parole, and a criminal record.
I Have Been Charged with a Crime in Montana and I’ve Never had any Experience With the Justice System Before. How can Your Firm Help?
Our attorneys realize that the vast majority of clients arrested for crimes in Montana have little or no prior criminal history or involvement with police. Consequently, we understand the stress our clients endure when they are accused of a crime and our attorneys are committed to helping you through the process and serving as a strong advocate who is on your side. Considering that Montana criminal defense law is one of our specialty areas of practice, our attorneys are in an ideal position to look at your predicament with empathy and understanding. At Angel, Coil & Bartlett, we are committed to treating you with the respect and dignity that you deserve and look forward to serving you in your time of need.
If you are accused of committing a criminal offense in Montana, contact our firm to speak to one of our experienced Montana criminal defense attorneys. Angel, Coil & Bartlett is comprised of a dedicated team of Montana trial lawyers committed to protecting your constitutional and legal rights and helping you navigate the Montana criminal justice system.