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Drug Crimes

Drug Crimes2021-08-11T14:15:47-05:00

Drug Lawyers in Chattanooga

If you face a drug charge in the Chattanooga area, you need to take it very seriously – because the authorities do.

The justice system in Tennessee takes a dim view of drug crime and you will face potentially life-altering penalties if charged and convicted of a federal drug charge.

Don’t expect any help from state or federal prosecutors. They will aggressively pursue a conviction, which could mean possible jail time and a lifelong criminal record.

At Houston & Alexander, PLLC, our team of drug charge lawyers will build the strongest possible defense to provide the best chance of escaping serious consequences.

Drug crime lawyers in Chattanooga, TN

At Houston & Alexander, PLLC, we can provide serious representation if you are accused of drug charges in state or federal courts in eastern Tennessee and northern Georgia.

Founding attorney, Johnny Houston, is an experienced criminal defense lawyer as well as the elected Judge in Red Bank, Tennessee. He hears municipal and state offenses, the very type of offenses that our clients face. He is aggressive, insightful, and determined to get the best outcome possible.

Attorney Bret Alexander’s criminal law experience includes several years as a federal prosecutor and an assistant district attorney for Hamilton County.

With such a wealth of experience from both sides of the justice system – prosecution and defense – you are in good hands with your drug case.

Types of drug crimes we handle

Together, Johnny Houston and Bret Alexander have represented hundreds of people facing criminal charges.

This includes both state and federal drug charge cases where people have been accused of:

  • Drug possession
  • Possession of cocaine for resale

  • Possession with intent to distribute

  • Manufacture of methamphetamine

  • Cultivation of marijuana (cannabis)

  • Illegal possession of prescription drugs

  • Other drug charges

Drug Lawyer in Chattanooga

Looking for a drug defense lawyer in Chattanooga, TN?

If you’ve been charged with a drug offense, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced attorney immediately.
Call (423) 267-6715 or request a free case evaluation today.

What are federal drug charges?

While simple possession of a small number of illicit drugs is generally a state crime, some of the most serious drug-related offenses are federal crimes. These include but are not limited to:

  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug distribution (in possession of a firearm)

  • Manufacturing and delivery

  • Possessing certain drug paraphernalia

  • Possession of certain drugs

  • Transporting drugs over state lines

  • Drug offenses involving conspiracies

Investigations into offenses like these frequently involve federal agents and undercover officers, often using elaborate means to detect illegal activity.

If you are convicted of a federal drug charge, you can expect severe penalties that go beyond the penalties for state drug crimes.

The nature of these penalties varies greatly depending on the type of drug seized (drugs are divided into five Schedules in Tennessee) as well as the amount involved, the location of the seizure, and your criminal record.

Typically, penalties for a federal drug conviction include:

  • Imprisonment of more than ten years
  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Loss of benefits

A federal charge may also result in other penalties as a convicted felon, including the loss of the right to vote and to own a firearm.

If you face federal criminal charges, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced attorney immediately.

Get in touch with us at Houston & Alexander, PLLC at any time. Call (423) 267-6715 to get your drug charge questions answered or request a free case evaluation.

Penalties for drug offenses

Drug crimes comprise a broad range of offenses which, in turn, incur a wide variety of sentences.

In the case of marijuana charges, for instance, a first-time offense for a small amount for personal use is a Class A misdemeanor.

A Class A misdemeanor can result in one year in jail and fines up to $2,500. However, it may not result in a criminal record if your lawyer can present a strong case to the court.

Distribution of over half an ounce of marijuana, on the other hand, can result in a felony conviction and harsher penalties.

If you have previous drug offenses on your record, you are likely to face more serious penalties too. A marijuana possession repeat offense or possession of heroin, cocaine, or any other serious drug for a second time will mean you face Class E felony charges.

If convicted, you could face between one and six years in prison and fines up to $5,000.

Defending your rights and freedom

The first steps in building your defense are critical.

We will seek to discover all the facts of your case. The details are important – what the police actions were before, during, and after arresting you, how evidence was obtained, how you were interviewed, and so on.

Often in drug cases, law enforcement fails to follow the correct procedure and this can result in critical evidence being inadmissible in court or your rights being breached and the case being dismissed.

Your lawyer will listen and review all of the issues in your case, looking for opportunities to pick holes in the prosecution’s case or to suppress evidence and seek a dismissal of the charge.

Looking for a drug crime attorney in Chattanooga?

Drug charges are often complex and hinge on details like the actions of law enforcement officers.

During your free initial consultation, an attorney from Houston & Alexander, PLLC can review your case and start to consider possible legal strategies for your defense.

Call us at our Chattanooga office today at (423) 267-6715 or contact us online.

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TESTIMONIALS

The moment finally came when I saw Jay walk down the stairs in the court room, he flashed me a thumbs up and I knew... I knew I won. If you need a lawyer do not hesitate to call Houston & Alexander. There is no one that will represent you better anywhere in Chattanooga. I wholeheartedly give them five stars. - Antonio
I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUIs and other charges. I was not sure where to turn and called Houston and Alexander. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence net result was I was able to keep my family together. -Colleen
We've been clients of Houston & Alexander for three years, with Bret Alexander representing us during that time. I can't speak highly enough of his integrity, professionalism, and his dedication to our legal needs. We are so grateful for his guidance and effectiveness through such a difficult time. He's an attorney you can trust and depend on to do the right thing. We are sincerely so grateful. Thank You! - Trish
I am a Desert Storm veteran and found myself in need of legal counsel. Everyone from the receptionist to the attorney himself treated me with the utmost respect and dignity. I found them to be knowledgeable and most helpful. I would recommend Houston and Alexander for all your legal needs. Thank you for all of your help. - C Pugh
I won't go into specifics because they are very embarrassing for my family. But if you have a daughter who has been criminally charged with a serious charge, Johnny Houston should be your go-to gentleman. Because of his hard work, and diligence in our case, we can once again hold our heads High and consider this a lesson learned. Thank you Johnny Houston from the bottom of our hearts! -Karen A.
My son made a couple of mistakes and was faced with having a criminal record. Mr. Houston stepped in and provided us with excellent representation. My son will NOT have a record now and is looking forward to the future. I also can't say enough about the staff at Houston & Alexander. Always responsive and informative and really went the extra mile. I cannot recommend them enough! - Alice
Due the stress of this pandemic and the loss of employment, my wife and I got into an argument and I ended up getting arrested and charged with domestic violence. I could not go home, could not have any contact with my wife and had no place to live. An elected official/friend referred me to Johnny Houston and his law firm. Due to Johnny's efforts, not only did we get into court quickly, but all charges were dismissed. We are back together now and I am getting this expunged. Thank you, Johnny! - Client
I had too much to drink one night and backed into another car. I was charged with second offense DUI and felony reckless endangerment. I was at a real low point in my life and my husband had recently passed away. Johnny was able to get the felonies dismissed and I pled guilty to a first offense. Instead of facing significant jail time and a felony, I did a few days in jail and wore an alcohol monitor. Johnny was able to humanize me with the DA and I was able to get my life back on track again. Great law firm! You would be crazy to go anywhere else. - Karen M.
I am a college student. I was involved in a wreck and was charged with DUI and leaving the scene. I thought I was ok to drive but my blood result said otherwise. A DUI conviction would have really hurt my chances of getting a good job. Johnny and Bret told me I had a difficult case and the only guarantee they gave was that they would work hard for me. They NEVER gave up on my case and ultimately persuaded the arresting officer and the DA to reduce the charge. If YOU need help on a DUI or any other case, call them! These men are not only hard working but kind. - Kate
I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUI and other charges. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence. I kept my house and my family intact! I have turned my life around and things are great! Johnny did not forget about me once the case was over, either. I needed some additional help with my license and Johnny jumped right on it. - Colleen
Johnny and Bret took my case and treated me like a person, not a number. I was looking at a long prison sentence (10+ years). These guys stepped in, calmed me down, and told me that they were going to be there for me. When you first walk in their office, you have that at home feeling. With Mrs. Wanda, a very welcoming atmosphere. They really treat you like family here. I would recommend Mr. Houston and Mr. Alexander to anyone who needs their service. You will not go wrong with these guys. THEY KNOW THE LAW!!!! - WARDELL
We were from out of town and had no friends or family in the area. Things got out of control and the next morning we were arrested and charged with Felonies. In my opinion, we were over charged. We called Johny and he agreed to meet with us right away. Johnny was attentive and listened. Facing possible jail time and the loss of my husband,s job we were terrified. Johnny literally rescued us! He took the lead, met with the DA and the alleged victim, and really smoothed things over. Johnny was confident and appeared to get along well with the Prosecutors and Judges. We were very fortunate to find Johnny. - Tana

TESTIMONIALS

The moment finally came when I saw Jay walk down the stairs in the court room, he flashed me a thumbs up and I knew... I knew I won. If you need a lawyer do not hesitate to call Houston & Alexander. There is no one that will represent you better anywhere in Chattanooga. I wholeheartedly give them five stars. - Antonio
I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUIs and other charges. I was not sure where to turn and called Houston and Alexander. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence net result was I was able to keep my family together. -Colleen
We've been clients of Houston & Alexander for three years, with Bret Alexander representing us during that time. I can't speak highly enough of his integrity, professionalism, and his dedication to our legal needs. We are so grateful for his guidance and effectiveness through such a difficult time. He's an attorney you can trust and depend on to do the right thing. We are sincerely so grateful. Thank You! - Trish
I am a Desert Storm veteran and found myself in need of legal counsel. Everyone from the receptionist to the attorney himself treated me with the utmost respect and dignity. I found them to be knowledgeable and most helpful. I would recommend Houston and Alexander for all your legal needs. Thank you for all of your help. - C Pugh
I won't go into specifics because they are very embarrassing for my family. But if you have a daughter who has been criminally charged with a serious charge, Johnny Houston should be your go-to gentleman. Because of his hard work, and diligence in our case, we can once again hold our heads High and consider this a lesson learned. Thank you Johnny Houston from the bottom of our hearts! -Karen A.
My son made a couple of mistakes and was faced with having a criminal record. Mr. Houston stepped in and provided us with excellent representation. My son will NOT have a record now and is looking forward to the future. I also can't say enough about the staff at Houston & Alexander. Always responsive and informative and really went the extra mile. I cannot recommend them enough! - Alice
Due the stress of this pandemic and the loss of employment, my wife and I got into an argument and I ended up getting arrested and charged with domestic violence. I could not go home, could not have any contact with my wife and had no place to live. An elected official/friend referred me to Johnny Houston and his law firm. Due to Johnny's efforts, not only did we get into court quickly, but all charges were dismissed. We are back together now and I am getting this expunged. Thank you, Johnny! - Client
I had too much to drink one night and backed into another car. I was charged with second offense DUI and felony reckless endangerment. I was at a real low point in my life and my husband had recently passed away. Johnny was able to get the felonies dismissed and I pled guilty to a first offense. Instead of facing significant jail time and a felony, I did a few days in jail and wore an alcohol monitor. Johnny was able to humanize me with the DA and I was able to get my life back on track again. Great law firm! You would be crazy to go anywhere else. - Karen M.
I am a college student. I was involved in a wreck and was charged with DUI and leaving the scene. I thought I was ok to drive but my blood result said otherwise. A DUI conviction would have really hurt my chances of getting a good job. Johnny and Bret told me I had a difficult case and the only guarantee they gave was that they would work hard for me. They NEVER gave up on my case and ultimately persuaded the arresting officer and the DA to reduce the charge. If YOU need help on a DUI or any other case, call them! These men are not only hard working but kind. - Kate
I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUI and other charges. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids...everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence. I kept my house and my family intact! I have turned my life around and things are great! Johnny did not forget about me once the case was over, either. I needed some additional help with my license and Johnny jumped right on it. - Colleen
Johnny and Bret took my case and treated me like a person, not a number. I was looking at a long prison sentence (10+ years). These guys stepped in, calmed me down, and told me that they were going to be there for me. When you first walk in their office, you have that at home feeling. With Mrs. Wanda, a very welcoming atmosphere. They really treat you like family here. I would recommend Mr. Houston and Mr. Alexander to anyone who needs their service. You will not go wrong with these guys. THEY KNOW THE LAW!!!! - WARDELL
We were from out of town and had no friends or family in the area. Things got out of control and the next morning we were arrested and charged with Felonies. In my opinion, we were over charged. We called Johny and he agreed to meet with us right away. Johnny was attentive and listened. Facing possible jail time and the loss of my husband,s job we were terrified. Johnny literally rescued us! He took the lead, met with the DA and the alleged victim, and really smoothed things over. Johnny was confident and appeared to get along well with the Prosecutors and Judges. We were very fortunate to find Johnny. - Tana

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