A Montana Judge in charge of overseeing the DUI Court has been charged with a misdemeanor count of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs.
Charges were filed this week by the Office of the Montana Attorney General against Robert E. Lee, a retired Butte police officer and current Justice of the Peace.
Mr. Lee was charged with Driving Under the Influence of methadone, a synthetic narcotic used as a painkiller or to prevent painful withdrawal symptoms from addiction to drugs such as heroin.
Lee allegedly went to the local police station on a Saturday morning and asked that the officers there unlock the Butte-Silver Bow County Courthouse because he had a wedding to perform. The officers said Lee appeared confused, was sweating profusely, and seemed under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Lee admitted driving to the courthouse where officers found his vehicle parked in a handicapped zone. He alledgedly performed poorly on a field sobriety test, and a
blood test came back positive for methadone. According to law enforcement, Lee told them he was taking lorazepam, an anti-anxiety medication, to get off of the methadone. The case is pending.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs cases are becoming more and more common today. See my earlier post here. A DUI / Drugs case that might have been overlooked a few years ago is now as likely to be aggressively prosecuted as a
Driving While Intoxicated charge. A case like this shows that an accusation of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs can happen to anyone, even a Judge whose job it is to oversee the administration of a DUI Court. If you or someone you know has been charged, or you have questions regarding this offense,
contact us today.