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DUI Lawyer

Charged with a DUI? Refused a breath or blood test? Has your driver's license been suspended?

A DUI charge can have a devastating impact on all areas of your life. A DUI lawyer can help reduce or eliminate your penalties.

Our highly-trained DUI attorneys in Missoula, MT, are the legal team you need to help you through these life-changing criminal charges.

Risk-Free We Offer Free Initial Consultations


If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact our practice for your legal counsel. We offer free consultations for all our first-time clients to ensure we provide the best representation possible. We represent our clients from start to finish with professionalism, zealousness, and above all else, with your goals in mind. Contact our Missoula, MT, based practice today.

A DUI Charge Isn't a Guilty Verdict Let Our Missoula Attorneys Help You

A DUI charge can be overwhelming and drain you of hope. But being charged with DUI doesn't have to mean you'll serve jail time or pay exorbitant fines. Having resourceful DUI lawyers review your case and gather evidence on your behalf can be the deciding factor in retaining your freedom. Let our team investigate the details of your arrest while you move forward with your life.

Take advantage of our free consultations to find out if we are the right law firm for you. We will provide an honest assessment of your case, and if you hire us, you can expect personalized attention and regular communication.

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DUI Law Is Complex Understanding How Montana Views the Charges


In Montana, the basis for a DUI conviction is to show evidence you are unable to operate a vehicle safely due to being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drugs can include prescription, marijuana, illicit, and a combination of drugs and alcohol. 

Excessive BAC

In Montana, even if you show no signs of impairment, it is unlawful for you to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content higher than 0.08. Your BAC cannot be higher than 0.04 if you are operating a commercial vehicle, and it cannot be higher than 0.02 if you are under 21.

Aggravated DUI

Repeat offenders can be charged with an aggravated DUI, which typically involves harsher penalties. You can also be charged with aggravated DUI if you have a BAC greater than 0.16, if you are driving on a suspended or revoked license, if you have previously refused to provide BAC evidence, or if you have a pending charge. 

Another Important Fact About Montana State DUI Law


Even if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is below the legal limit of 0.08, you can still be charged with a DUI if there is sufficient evidence that you are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol while operating a vehicle.

"I am truly pleased." Clients Praise Our Missoula, MN, office 


James T


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My family and I are forever indebted to Ms. Lockwood. From consultation to resolution (dismissal without prejudice within two weeks of retainer) she remained professional, understanding, and resolute. She was consistently straightforward, held no punches.....

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Hotambek Nematjonov


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Ms. Lockwood is incredibly knowledgeable, respectful, professional and very dedicated attorney. I am truly pleased that we won the case, what she has done and cannot thank enough to her. I would highly recommend her service if one needs an attorney in Montana.

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Montana DUI Penalties Understanding Your DUI Charges

This chart only addresses DUI penalties that come from Montana law. It does not reflect other penalties like increased insurance rates, decreased employment opportunities, or penalties as a result of excessive BAC or Marijuana. It is also important to note that a DUI conviction stays on your driving record for life.

Penalty 1st Conviction 2nd Conviction 3rd Conviction
Jail Time 24 hours-6 months 7 days-1 year

30 days-1 year

Fine $600-$1,000 $1,200-$2,000


Drivers License 6-month suspension

1-year suspension

1-year suspension


**Based on the Montana Department of Transportation

A DUI Lawyer Can Reduce Your Penalties Contact Our Missoula, MT, Law Office Today

When you hire a Tipp Coburn & Associates PC DUI attorney to represent you, the state knows we are ready, willing, and more than able to go to trial. While many attorneys advise their clients to plead guilty at the first sign of trouble, we dig deeper, force the State to work, and try the DUI case with only one goal in mind; acquittal. 

DUI law in Montana is a highly complex area of practice. Our DUI lawyers have the education, training, and skills necessary to effectively defend you. Contact our Missoula, MT, law firm today to request your free consultation.

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We Are Passionate About Helping Our Community "I can’t speak more highly of their dedication and passion"


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Bryan Tipp, Sarah Lockwood, and all of the staff at Tipp Colburn & Associates are top quality and incredibly dedicated. I can’t speak more highly of their dedication and passion for helping those in need.

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James Trillsen


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...From consultation to resolution (dismissal without prejudice within two weeks of retainer) she remained professional, understanding, and resolute...In short, the best $ our family has ever spent.  We truly cannot thank Ms. Lockwood and her staff enough.

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Don't Settle for a Public Defender Trust Our Law Firm

You get what you pay for when it comes to legal defense. You'll probably be left at the mercy of a public defender's overbooked schedule if you choose not to hire your own counsel. Paying for DUI attorneys is well worth the price if you want to avoid suffering penalties you don't deserve.
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An Advocate For You

A court-appointed lawyer doesn't have time to get to know you personally and give your case close examination. Our lawyers treat you like a person and not just a case. Getting a DUI charge is not an automatic conviction. We'll make sure the truth comes to light so you don't suffer a miscarriage of justice.

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Tipp Coburn & Associates PC has spent over 130 combined years in practice. Rather than getting one potentially overworked public defender, our clients get a legal team that knows Montana's DUI laws well. We have more resources to build stronger defenses than court-appointed attorneys.

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Favorable Outcomes

A public attorney will likely be more inclined to make a plea agreement than go to court. Our Missoula DUI attorneys won't make a bargain with the prosecutors to simply move your case along. We'll collect as much evidence as necessary to present a compelling defense and get you the best possible outcome.

What You Should Do If You Have a DUI Arrest

Each of our defense lawyers is passionate about helping every client restore their lives after a devastating criminal charge like a DUI. Contacting our lawyers in Missoula, MT, should be your first step after you have been charged with this crime.
Our DUI lawyers will ensure your rights are protected, prevent you from answering self-incriminating questions, and work tirelessly to acquit the charges.
Our DUI lawyers will ensure your rights are protected, prevent you from answering self-incriminating questions, and work tirelessly to acquit the charges.

Contact Our DUI Lawyers

The first step in reducing jail time and other penalties after a DUI charge is to remain calm and contact our lawyers. We know being charged with any crime or being arrested is a scary situation, but by contacting an attorney, you can be sure you are taking the necessary steps to protect your rights.

Do Not Speak To the Police

You should not speak to the police without a defense lawyer present. You should, however, cooperate with the officer to prevent any additional charges while still invoking your right to remain silent. Our lawyers will help you answer any questions the officer may have so you can avoid self-incrimination.

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I am from Washington state and got in trouble in Montana I have been dealing with this situation for around 3 years and Bryan Tipp tackled the scenario I very tenaciously. I am very pleased to not be in jail or prison...

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...This is a great place with great people. If I could have afforded the services, I would have taken full time help from them. But even though I can't, that doesn't change the fact that they were willing to take the time out of their day to try and make my day a little better...

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Tipp Coburn & Associates

Our attorneys have been fighting for Montanans since 1959. Over the years, we have represented more than 7,500 clients and helped them recover millions of dollars in compensation. We are affiliated with renowned legal organizations, including The National Trial Lawyers and the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

To schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys, request a case review online or call us at (406) 549-5186

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