The Criminal Division is responsible for the prosecution of all felony offenses which occur anywhere within Missoula County and all misdemeanor offenses which occur outside the city limits of the City of Missoula. These primarily include referrals from the Missoula County Sheriff, the Missoula City Police Department and the Montana Highway Patrol but also include numerous other law enforcement agencies. In addition, the division handles the prosecution of all persons under the age of 18 in Youth Court.
Included within the Criminal Division is the Special Victims’ Unit (SVU), which is made up of 4 full-time prosecutors who are dedicated to handling cases involving victims of sexual assault, family violence and child abuse and exploitation. We are working closely with Attorney General Tim Fox in an effort to become the flagship model for prosecuting cases of sexual assault and have developed a comprehensive Policy and Procedure Manual for implementing best practices in this area of law.
Also included within the Criminal Division is the Bad Checks Department. This program handles the collection of non-sufficient funds (NSF) and closed account checks which have been returned by a financial institution to the payee. Please see our office policy regarding bad checks. If you have received a bad check and would like our office to prosecute, you must first send a letter to the bad check writer requesting that the check be made good. We also require that you provide us with some information regarding the incident. Note: checks which have been forged must be referred to an appropriate law enforcement agency for an investigation before any action can be taken by this office.