by Ivan Foley
A DWI charge against a well-known attorney was reduced to a charge of excessive blood alcohol content in Platte County Circuit Court Division V.
James Montee, an attorney whose practice is well known in Platte and Buchanan counties and whose face can often be seen on billboard and phone directory advertisements, pled guilty to the amended charge Nov. 9 in front of Judge Dennis Eckold.
Montee, 58, lives in Parkville. His law practice specializes in personal injury cases. The Montee Law Firm has offices in St. Joseph, Kansas City and Maryville.
Under terms of the plea, Montee is placed on probation for one year with the court. He is to complete 80 hours of community service within the next nine months.
Montee must also complete the Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP).
Two traffic tickets issued to Montee the night of his DWI arrest were also reduced. He was originally ticketed for failure to drive on the right half of the roadway and failure to dim headlights. Both those charges were amended to failure to register.
Montee was arrested for DWI by Platte County Sheriff’s Deputy William Beeler at 1:24 a.m. on Sept. 24. The stop was made on Interstate 29 near Old Pike Road in northern Platte County.
He posted a $1,000 cash bond on the DWI charge and was released the same day of his arrest. After paying fines and fees associated with his three amended charges, $640.50 of that $1,000 was returned to Montee by the court.
Montee did not return a message left by The Landmark seeking comment.