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Bjornson to receive public censure, license probation for DUI

Monday, May 21, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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Missoula attorney David H. Bjornson will receive a public censure and his license will be put on probationary status for 10 years after he was convicted of felony driving under the influence in November 2017.

It was the seventh DUI-related offense for Bjornson, 61.

The court imposed the discipline based on the recommendation of the Commission on Practice.

The commission said its recommendation was "reluctantly made by a slight majority of the members,” adding that all the commission members were concerned how the lenient discipline would be perceived by the public and other lawyers. The commission called Bjornson’s criminal history “deeply troubling.”

The commission said the “onerous conditions” Bjornson must comply with as a result of his criminal sentence factored into the recommendation it made. Bjornson was sentenced to five years with the Department of Corrections, all suspended. The commission noted that if Bjornson violates the terms of his probation, he will be incarcerated and will lose his license to practice law. He could also lose his license if he violates a term of his license probation.

Bjornson was ordered to appear for a public censure at 1 p.m. on June 12 in the Supreme Court’s courtroom in Helena.

The full disciplinary order below, including the terms of Bjornson’s license probation.

David H. Bjornson disciplinary order