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Felony/Misdemeanor Criminal Defense

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If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Montana, you need effective legal counsel immediately to proactively defend your case. At Stevenson Law Office, criminal defense is our mission. and we have defended thousands of accused individuals. Whether allegations involve property, drugs or alcohol or alleged assault we offer experienced and vigorous representation on all types of felony and misdemeanor cases.


Being involved in a criminal investigation is a serious matter that can completely disrupt your life, with long-term impacts affecting your career, your finances, and your personal freedom. You may feel stressed, scared, and uncertain. It’s important to remember that, by law, you are innocent unless proven guilty. During this time, you need a powerful advocate on your side who will work vigorously to ensure your rights are protected.

A felony conviction in Montana is very serious crime that is punishable by prison . It becomes part of your permanent criminal record, which can affect your job, professional licenses, or applying for loans. Basic civil rights, such as voting, can also be forfeited with a felony conviction. On top of that, conviction subjects you to potentially paying exorbitant restitution and court fines.

As knowledgeable and powerful advocates, we can guide you through the Montana criminal justice system with your best interests in mind. The personal attention you will receive and the effective courtroom approach we employ will help you avoid the devastating consequences of a felony conviction. We will thoroughly examine all evidence in your case to find any holes in the prosecution’s case or any grounds for dismissal. No matter how challenging your unique case may be, we will aggressively represent your case in court. If you have been charged with a felony crime in Montana, contact us today for experienced legal defense when you need it most.


Though misdemeanors are considered to be less serious than felony convictions, it is a costly misconception that they do not carry serious consequences. Too often, individuals charged with misdemeanors make the mistake of neglecting to seek legal counsel, believing that defense attorneys are only needed for felony charges. Many people facing misdemeanor charges are often first-time offenders for whom a conviction can be devastating.

Misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail and fines up to $1,500. Conviction of a misdemeanor will result in a permanent smear on your record. A conviction for even a minor crime can hurt your chances of finding a job, getting a loan, applying for a professional license, and can even bar you from ever receiving academic financial aid.

At Stevenson Law Office, we know that being arrested for a crime, no matter how serious it is, can be frightening and stressful. That is why we take a compassionate approach to protecting your rights and freedom. We believe that communication is the core of a successful defense, so we will work hard with you to answer any questions and build a strong case for you. An effective criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between jail time and a dismissal of charges. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor in Montana, please contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.

Partner Family Member Assault (PFMA)

In Montana, it is a crime to assault a partner or family member. A person commits the crime of partner or family member assault (also known as domestic
violence) by:
  • Causing bodily injury
  • Negligently causing bodily injury with a weapon, or
  • Creating reasonable apprehension of bodily injury against a partner or family member
If you are convicted of PFMA, you can be fined up to $1,000 and jailed for up to one year. You will also be required to pay for and complete a 40-hour counseling assessment, along with probation costs. If the use or attempted use of a deadly weapon occurred, you will also be stripped of your 2nd Amendment right to bear arms (per federal law). This has a substantial effect on your constitutional rights.

Protective Orders

A protective order requires the respondent to not contact and stay away from the petitioner. It is a crime in Montana to violate this order. A person can file for a protective order against a partner or family member who has committed a violent crime against the petitioner, including:
  • Assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Burglary
  • Arson
  • Kidnapping
  • Deliberate or Mitigated Deliberate Homicide
Violating a protective order could land you in jail for up to 6 months and require a fine of up to $500. A criminal conviction or protective order can have serious consequences. If you are charged with domestic violence or violating a protective order, it is advisable to contact an experienced Montana criminal defense attorney immediately to begin defending your case. At Stevenson Law Office, we have specialized in criminal defense for over 10 years, offering you the experience and tenacity needed to minimize any penalties or have your case dismissed. We will work tirelessly to protect your constitutional rights and navigate you through the Montana court system to obtain the best possible outcome for you. If you have been charged with domestic violence or violating a protective order, please contact us today to discuss your legal options.

Possession of Dangerous Drugs/Distribution

Drug crime charges range from simple possession of marijuana to possession of harder drugs, such as cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin, or unauthorized prescription drugs. A possession or distribution charge involving drugs can lead to life-altering consequences, depending on the case. Regardless of the type of drug, these charges are generally classified as felonies, which can result in hefty fines and lengthy jail time. First Offense Penalties for Illegal Possession of:
  • Marijuana—Fine up to $500 and up to 6 months in jail
  • Anabolic steroids—Fine of up to $500, up to 6 months in jail, or both
  • Opiates—Fine of up to $50,000, at least 2 years in prison, or both
  • Other controlled dangerous substances—Fine of up to $50,000, up to 5 years in prison, or both
If you are convicted of a drug crime, your future is at stake. Employers, academic institutions, or professional licensing agencies can perform a routine background check and see these charges are part of your permanent record. With such severe implications, we will work hard to tailor our approach to your individual needs and to bring legal attention to serious issues regarding your case, including: the nature of the drug possession, all circumstances surrounding your arrest, whether authorities had proper probable cause to search you, your vehicle or your home and if the search and seizure were performed legally. Exposing these weaknesses in the evidence against you can help you achieve the best possible outcome. We are dedicated to advocating for you. If you have been charged with a drug crime, contact us today for powerful legal representation.

Attempted Deliberate Homicide/Deliberate Homicide

If you are facing a deliberate homicide or attempted deliberate homicide charge in Montana, the penalties are severe. Not only can you be subjected to fines of up to $50,000, but the crimes each carry a potentially very lengthy prison sentence. A conviction will affect your life and freedom substantially. When your freedom is at risk, you need to contact an experienced and determined attorney as soon
as possible.

With over a decade of criminal defense experience and a highly successful track record, Stevenson Law Office possesses the skill and knowledge to create a compelling case for you in court. We know how to effectively investigate, research, prepare for pretrial, and cross examine witnesses. Our courtroom experience enables us to exercise a variety of tactics in order to obtain superior results for you if your case proceeds to trial.

Don’t waste precious time. By contacting us immediately, we can provide you with practical and valuable legal counsel to help you minimize jail time and other penalties. Let us help you protect your constitutional rights. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation.