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Gallatin County attorney asks commissioners for assistant as crime rates rise

Posted: 3:16 PM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-11 13:27:05-04

BOZEMAN, Mont. – During a plea for help from Gallatin County Commissioners, the Gallatin County attorney says the area is looking at the highest crime rate in history.

County attorney Marty Lambert spoke with the commissioners on Tuesday.

Lambert says hundreds of felony cases have already been recorded in Gallatin County, overwhelming court staff.

He also added that the number of misdemeanor cases has also reached peak heights.

At this rate, Lambert says both could easily see record highs this year.

“I believe the all-time high is around 510 felony cases, district court cases filed,” Lambert says. “We will break that this year. Misdemeanor cases are also at a record high.”

Lambert asked commissioners to hire a full-time administrative assistant to help with the influx of cases going through the court system.

It is the second time he has asked the commissioners to consider, they turned it down last time.