State v. Hancock, 2016 MT 21 (Jan. 26, 2016) (McGrath, C.J.) (5-0, aff’d)
Issue: (1) Whether the district court erred by denying Hancock’s motion to dismiss a DUI conviction based on his claim that his 1999 DUI conviction, used to support the felony charge, was constitutionally infirm, and (2) whether the district court erred by stating Hancock was convicted of a DUI rather than a DUI per se.
Short Answer: (1) No, and (2) yes.
Affirmed and remanded for correction of the judgment
Facts: The state charged Hancock with a fourth DUI offense, a felony, based on his having been convicted of one DUI in 1999 and two DUIs in 2004. Hancock moved to dismiss the 1999 conviction, alleging his constitutional right to counsel had been violated in that proceeding.…