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P.O. Box 1646

Livingston, MT 59047

Ph : (406)312-1495

Fax: (406)295-6884

A criminal defendant should not be treated as a “criminal .” Eric understands that most individuals who are charged with criminal offenses are good people in bad situations. Accordingly, Eric’s approach to criminal defense is to respectfully guide clients through the justice system while tenaciously exploring every possible defense in order to provide them the best possible outcome given their circumstance. Having represented clients through private practice and as a public defender, Eric has zealously represented clients in a broad spectrum of misdemeanor and felony charges, including:


  • Driving Under the Influence

  • Disorderly Conduct

  • Theft

  • Criminal Possession of Drugs and/or Paraphernalia

  • Assault

  • Partner Family Member Assault

  • Sexual Assault

  • Sexual Intercourse Without Consent

  • Criminal Endangerment 

  • Fish, wildlife & game violations

  • and more.


Eric's experience with criminal defense means that if there is a defense available, Eric will recognize and pursue that defense. Eric's grasp of criminal procedure also enables him to use the rules of the Court to his client's advantage. Eric's knowledge of criminal procedure and legal defenses has resulted in multiple dismissals of criminal charges and not-guilty verdicts for his clients.


Since being admitted to the State Bar of Montana in 2014, Eric has handled hundreds of cases in Park County, Gallatin County and the surrounding areas.


Today, Eric specializes in criminal defense, but has achieved favorable results for clients in numerous areas of law, including:


  • criminal defense

  • civil litigation

  • family law

  • guardianships & conservatorships

  • business & contracts 

  • protective orders

  • wills & estate planning 

  • real estate

  • fish, wildlife & game

  • and more.


Eric is an attorney who is not afraid to negotiate hard for his clients and, if that fails, fight for his clients at trial.


Whether this is the first time you’ve needed an attorney and don’t know what to expect or if you are a seasoned veteran who can anticipate every step of the process, you probably desire and expect clear and consistent communication from your attorney.


Unfortunately, common complaints from individuals facing legal woes include slow or no responses from their attorney or feeling as though they don’t understand what is going on with their case. Poor attorney-client communication only adds to the stress of these individuals and can ultimately delay the resolution of their case.


Eric believes that open and honest communication with his clients is the cornerstone of a successful attorney-client relationship and serves to strengthen and streamline cases.  Through open and reciprocal dialog, Eric’s clients are treated more like fully supported co-pilots in their case, rather than voiceless bystanders. Eric’s clear communication approach is a win-win situation for everyone involved. 


The Law Office of Eric T. Oden tailors its communication style to meet each client’s needs. We offer our clients the choice to use modern and innovative communication options such as Zoom meetings and access to secure client portals to view documents and upcoming dates, provide feedback on and even sign case documents online. This system works particularly well for busy individuals and for clients residing outside of Bozeman or Livingston, Montana.


For Eric, integrity is a non-negotiable core value that guides his actions and choices both personally and professionally. Eric brings integrity into his relationship with clients by always being forthcoming and honest when communicating with them regarding their case. Eric speaks in-depth with his clients about the facts of their situations and provides honest feedback about what they can reasonably expect as potential outcomes and  timelines for their case.


This empowers clients to make the best informed decisions they can about how they want to proceed in any matter, builds attorney-client trust and ultimately reduces stress for clients.


Similarly, Eric carries this integrity into his relationships with opposing attorneys, prosecutors and courts. By providing respectful honesty to his clients and professional peers, Eric has achieved a proven record of professional and personal integrity in the community.

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