The City Attorney’s Office provides legal counsel for the City of Helena and serves as legal adviser to the Mayor, City Commission, City staff, boards, and commissions.

The City Attorney’s Office is also responsible for: 

• prosecuting misdemeanors and City Code violations committed within the city limits;
• representing the City in litigation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings;
• preparing and reviewing ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, easements, and other legal documents;
• rendering legal interpretations and opinions as requested by the City Manager and City Commission.

The City Attorney’s Office is located in the City-County Building at 316 North Park Avenue, Room 203, Helena, Montana 59623. The telephone number is (406) 457-8595. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Helena City Code
The Helena City Code is the
codification of ordinances passed
by the City Commission.

Municipal Court
Information on Municipal Court.


County Attorney’s Office
Information on felonies and other
criminal offenses committed
outside city limits.

Pro Bono (Free) Legal Assistance
Montana Legal Services Association.

Hire an Attorney
State Bar of  Montana

NSF Checks
For information contact the Helena
Police Department Evidence Technician
at (406) 447-8468.

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.  We do not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, disability, race, national origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.  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.

Helpful Resources






Received a Citation from a Police Officer:

If a police officer for the City of Helena has issued you a citation and you would like a copy of the police report associated with the incident, you can request a copy from the City Attorney’s Office by clicking on the following link or visit the City Attorney’s Office to complete the Discovery Requests form in person. If you have an attorney, contact him or her to obtain a copy of the police report.

Involved in an Accident:

If you were the driver, vehicle owner, or property owner involved in an automobile accident, you can obtain a copy of the Crash Investigator’s Report from the Law Enforcement Center at 221 Breckenridge Street, Helena. You will be required to provide a photo ID and may be assessed a fee in accordance with City Resolution No. 20244. Fees will need to be paid in exact change or a check made payable to the City of Helena. There is usually a 2 to 4-day waiting period for the report to be available.

Victim of a Crime:

If you are the victim of a crime that occurred within the City of Helena, you can request a copy of the police report from the City Attorney’s Office by clicking on the following link or visit the City Attorney’s Office to submit a request in writing. Dissemination of the police report will depend on whether a person received a citation for the conduct and whether the case has been completed with Municipal Court.

City Attorney Contact Information:

Thomas J. Jodoin   --  City Attorney
Erik Coate               --  Deputy City Attorney
Todd D. Baker        --  Deputy City Attorney
Iryna O'Connor
      --  Deputy City Attorney
Nicole Doyle           --  Victim Services Specialist
Carey Kaufman      --  Paralegal
Jennifer Berry        --  Legal Admin. Asst. II
Dawn Cowan          --  Legal Admin Clerk