City Attorney

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The City Attorney's Office serves as legal counsel to the City of Helena and as a legal adviser to the Helena City Commission, city departments, and advisory boards appointed by the City Commission.

The City Attorney's Office is also responsible for:

  • prosecuting misdemeanors and City Code violations committed within the city limits;
  • providing outreach, support, information, and advocacy services to victims of violent crime;
  • representing the City in litigation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings;
  • preparing and reviewing ordinances, resolutions, agreements, deeds, easements, and other legal documents; and
  • rendering legal interpretations and opinions as requested by the Helena City Commission and City Manager.

The City Attorney's Office does not provide legal advice to members of the public. Any member of the public seeking legal advice with respect to City laws, rules, or regulations should contact private counsel.

Discovery Requests

If you are a defendant in a criminal case in Helena Municipal Court and are not represented by an attorney, to request the discovery for your case please Click Here to Submit the Online Discovery Form.

For any other types of requests, please contact the Support Services Division at the Helena Police Department at 406-447-8469,, or by visiting the Law and Justice Center at 406 Fuller Ave.

Victim Services

We are a prosecutor-based victim assistance program. Our primary responsibility is to provide outreach, support, information, and advocacy services to victims of violent crime at the misdemeanor level. We work with the prosecutors, law enforcement, and community resources and act as a liaison between all involved. All work together to get the best outcome for the case with the best interests of the victim as a priority.

The criminal justice system can be confusing and hard to understand. You do not need to face this alone. A professional victim services specialist is available to assist you through the process and is committed until the case is resolved - no matter how long it takes.

The Victim Specialist can help you in the following ways:

  • Guidance through the justice system
  • Case status and disposition updates
  • Referrals to local agencies and resources
  • Guidance and emotional support during court proceedings
  • Information about Crime Victim Rights
  • Assistance applying for Crime Victim Compensation

We will make every attempt to meet any special needs you many have. There is no charge for our services.

The Friendship Center*

1430 Sanders Street
Helena, MT 59601

*The Friendship Center is a private non-profit organization servicing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Contact Us

Rebecca Dockter - City Attorney -

Aimee Hawkaluk - Assistant City Attorney -

Todd D. Baker - Deputy City Attorney -

Matthew Petesch - Deputy City Attorney -

John Hall - Deputy City Attorney -

Nicole Doyle - Victim Services Specialist -

Jennifer Berry - Paralegal -

Taylyr Rohwer - Legal Administrative Assistant II -

Monta Biddle - Legal Administrative Assistant III -