If you're facing drug charges in federal court in Tennessee, contact a criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Brent Horst to get an experienced attorney on your side in court. We represent clients across the state of Tennessee, including in Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Clarksville, and Nashville in matters of:
- Federal Drug Trafficking and Conspiracy
- State Drug Crimes
- Drug Offense Penalties
Defending a drug charge in federal court is much more difficult than in state court. Although the facts that must be proven are much the same as in state court, federal authorities usually do a more thorough job of investigating the case. They are more likely to have wire taps of conversations, video and audio surveillance, and financial records that have been reviewed by experts to demonstrate that assets came from illegal drug activity.
Federal crimes defense attorney Brent Horst understands the importance of strategic defense in such cases. He is a former prosecuting attorney and a Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.* Few drug crimes attorneys in Tennessee have achieved this certification.
With more than 20 years of trial experience handling State Drug Crimes and federal drug charges, Mr. Horst has taken more than 100 criminal cases to jury trial. See some of the results he's achieved for past clients.
Experience can make a difference. The biggest difference between being charged with a federal drug crime and a state drug crime is the difference in the potential prison sentence. In most state courts a first-time offender is eligible for probation or early release due to parole or "good and gain" time. In the Federal system even first-time offenders may face mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years, 20 years, or even life in prison. In Federal Court, probation and parole are usually not available for those convicted of serious drug crimes. Usually even first time serious drug crime offenders serve nearly all of the prison time imposed by the federal judge at the sentencing.
Due to the serious penalties involved in federal drug cases, we believe it is extremely important to hire a lawyer with experience, ability, and a strong desire to defend his clients when facing federal drug charges such as:
- Possession with intent to sell
- Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and contraband (such as crack, cocaine, meth, LSD, PCP, GHB, marijuana, or materials used in the production of drugs)
- Conspiracy to possess drugs with the intent to resell
- Drug smuggling
- Drug importation
- Drug trafficking
- Drug manufacturing
Attorney Brent Horst believes it is important that each client receive his full attention. Unlike some firms, which have paralegals or junior associates handle part or all of a case, Mr. Horst handles every aspect of the case, preparing every court document and attending all court proceedings. "I'm a bit of a control freak. When I am responsible for someone's life I don't delegate that responsibility." This is an attitude most of Brent's client's appreciate.
"I model my practice to be David vs. Goliath," says Mr. Horst. "When you go to war with the giant (the government) he will always have more firepower and resources than you. It is more about tactics and strategy, knowing where and how to hit him. We know how to fight the giant. We respond quickly and effectively on behalf of our clients.
Contact a Skilled Federal Drug Crimes Defense Attorney
Talk to drug crimes defense lawyer Brent Horst about the charges you're facing in federal court or if you think you're being investigated. Contact the office nearest you to schedule a confidential case evaluation. Call 615-970-6572 in Tennessee.
*Attorney Brent Horst is Board Certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is certified as a Specialist in Criminal Law by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.