City of Helena v. BroadwaterAnnotate this Case
In 2011, Defendant was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and disorderly conduct. Defendant pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial. The trial court later informed Defendant that his scheduled trial was rescheduled because an older case had been set for trial on the same day. Before his rescheduled trial, Defendant moved to have his case dismissed for lack of a speedy trial. The municipal court granted the motion. The district court reversed. On remand, Defendant was convicted of DUI and acquitted of disorder conduct. The Supreme Court reversed the district court ruling reversing the municipal court’s dismissal of the charges, holding that the City failed to meet its burden of showing “good cause” for the delay in bringing Defendant to trial.