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Federal Criminal Defense

Federal Criminal Defense2021-04-26T12:09:56-05:00

Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys in Chattanooga

If you are charged with a serious crime, it is important to know your rights and options. If the crime is a federal offense, it’s equally important to understand how the federal criminal justice system operates.

It’s important to note that being serious in nature doesn’t automatically make a crime a federal offense.

For example, murder is almost always a state crime unless there is a federal connection, such as the murder of an on-duty federal official.

Generally, the “feds” will only get involved if the crime involves interstate commerce, a federal agent, federal property, or a federal entity. Just because a case is a “felony” that does not make it a “federal” offense.

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

Federal Charges

Federal charges are prosecuted in a federal court with a federal judge and United States Attorneys in charge of the prosecution.

Each state has its own rules for handling the criminal process, and these rules may or may not be similar to federal rules.

Some states punish certain crimes more harshly than the federal government, and the exact opposite treatment may be true in other states.

Generally, federal charges carry more potential prison time and are much more difficult and time-consuming to handle than state charges.

Any crime can be tried in federal court if federal prosecutors take an interest. However, generally, more serious crimes will be tried federally, and the venue brings with it more serious penalties, including jail time.

The severity of the situation means that you need strong and experienced representation on your side.

At Houston & Alexander, PLLC we serve our community by offering seasoned legal representation in a variety of areas.

Should your situation require representation in federal court, you can rely on us to provide vigorous defense backed by years of experience.

Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys in Chattanooga Tennessee

Looking for a federal criminal defense lawyer in Chattanooga, TN?

If you’ve been charged with a federal criminal 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.

Lengthy Experience Fighting Federal Charges

We have extensive experience and successfully defended against a broad range of federal criminal charges, especially those including:

These matters are serious, and a conviction carries with it consequences that can last a lifetime. Jail time, expensive fines, and a severe blow to your reputation will affect both you and your loved ones. Ease your mind by getting efficient, effective representation.

At Houston & Alexander, PLLC our attorneys will ease your mind by giving straightforward counsel, giving you the benefit of our years of experience. We will tell you what you’re up against and what you can expect throughout the process. You and your family can relax knowing that your case is in good hands.

Choosing the Right Federal Criminal Law Firm.

If you are still not sure if your specific case falls into one of our practice areas, feel free to contact us.

Remember, we offer a free case evaluation so that you may see if we are the right fit for you or your business.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

A federal investigation concerns itself specifically with suspected violations of federal United States law. Law enforcement agents of the United States may conduct these types of investigations as part of an ongoing law enforcement operation. There are many federal agencies that participate in conducting an investigative operation, such as federal task forces, fieldwork, data analysis, evidence collection, field surveillance, amongst other investigation efforts.

Within the United States, there are dozens of federal agencies that can possibly lead and conduct an investigation of either you or your business. If any of the following agencies have to contact you for an interview then you may be suspected of a federal crime warranting an investigation.

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
  • Drug Enforcement Administration – DEA
  • Environmental Protection Agency – EPA
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation – FBI
  • Health and Human Services – HHS
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • Immigration & Customs Enforcement – ICE
  • Internal Revenue Service – IRS
  • Marshals Service
  • Postal Service – USPS
  • Secret Service

The United States federal sentencing guidelines allow for very heavy penalties to be imposed up anyone convicted of federal crimes, doesn’t matter if it is a drug crime, weapons crime, sex crimes, or fraud. There are 43 points to the sentencing guidelines for federal offenses. The points vary the sentencing based on whether you have had any prior convictions or record. Once established, a sentence can range from 0 to 6 months up to life in prison.

There are many crimes that allow a sentencing judge to increase the penalties beyond the federal sentencing guidelines. Hate crimes, crimes against vulnerable victims, such as children, the elderly or disabled, and official terrorist acts are a few examples of crimes that can have an increased sentence. Other crimes that could have increased sentencing are abduction and extreme psychological injury resulting from torture or mental abuse.

The answer here will depend on the details surrounding the case that is being built around you or your business and will ultimately fall unto the judge presiding over your case to make the decision on bail. The judge’s decision will be based on various factors such as the nature of the crime, the weight of evidence, any prior offenses, and whether or not you pose any level of danger to the community.

Houston & Alexander, PLLC are vigilant and experienced protectors of the rights of those accused of criminal offenses in federal court. You have very specific rights under the US Constitution and we are tenacious in protecting those rights. If you are arrested and charged with a federal crime we will first and foremost establish whether you were the victim of a rights violation in any part of the arrest and evidence gathering process. This may seem like the obvious first step but you would be very surprised as to how often a person’s rights have been violated leading up to the arrest.

When any violation or errors arise we start by taking immediate actions. Whether the issue is illegally conducted investigations, wiretaps, surveillance, or search & seizure we at Houston & Alexander will act immediately. We will move forward by thoroughly reviewing the rest of the evidence that led to your arrest. We are professional, dedicated, and have a successful track record that can not be denied.

OUR PRACTICE AREAS

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OUR PRACTICE AREAS

Criminal Defense

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Federal Charges

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DWI / DUI

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Drug Charges

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Personal Injury

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Nursing Home Abuse

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Motorcycle Accidents

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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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