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Bret Steven Alexander

DUI and DWI Attorney at CHATTANOOGA, TN

5.0   25 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 8 years
    Tennessee - TN 23 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Bret

Learn Bret’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    30%
    As the former Governor's Highway Safety Office DUI Prosecutor for Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN, I have personally handled hundreds of DUI cases including approximately fifteen Criminal Court DUI Jury Trials. I have attended government training related to the physics of automobile wrecks and learned how traffic accidents are recreated from the perspective of traffic investigators. I have further attended law enforcement training related to administration of Standard Field Sobriety Tests.

    13 years, 300 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    Experience and Case Totals include over eight (8) years of practice as a State and Federal Prosecutor handling cases ranging from DUI to Drug Importation matters to Especially Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, and Attempted Murder actions.

    16 years, 500 cases

  3. Federal crime
    25%
    In 2007, I was hired by the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona to serve as a federal prosecutor handling matters arising along the Arizona border with Mexico. I represented the government in numerous drug cases involving importation of 10 kilograms or more of Cocaine or Methamphetamine (Ice) into the United States. I handled Marijuana importation matters in excess of 800 pounds. I further represented the United States in well over 100 felony immigration cases.

    10 years, 100 cases

  4. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    20%
    As a prior supervisor in the litigation department of a national Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living provider, I have had the opportunity to review, analyze and value nursing home claims arising from Hawaii to New England (and direct outside counsel with respect to case strategy and trial tactics). This experience provides insight into how regional and national nursing home companies (and their insurance carriers) react to lawsuits and assess their merit.

    10 years, 250 cases

At Houston & Alexander, you will find forty years of combined legal experience.  Call:  Email:    Web:  

 

After attending Sewanee on an academic scholarship and completing his legal studies at The University of Texas, Bret returned to Chattanooga in 2001 to practice law at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., where he worked on litigation ranging from property disputes to Trade Secret Misappropriation claims.  

 

Bret moved to the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office in early 2005 where he served the community as the federally funded Governor's Highway Safety Office DUI Prosecutor from January 2005 to October 2007.  During his tenure as the County's DUI Prosecutor, Bret handled hundreds of DUI cases, numerous vehicular assault and vehicular homicide matters and tried more DUI cases to a Criminal Court jury than any other attorney.  

 

Due to his courtroom experience, Bret was hired in November 2007 to serve the United States as a federal prosecutor handling crimes - drug importation and immigration cases - arising along the international border between Arizona and Mexico.  Bret represented the United States in hundreds of immigration cases and numerous drug importation actions.  Many of Bret's drug matters involved drug quantities in excess of 10 kilograms of cocaine or methamphetamine (or more than 800 pounds of Marijuana).  Bret handled sentencing hearings for the Yuma office before eleven federal district judges at The Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Courthouse in Phoenix, Arizona.  

 

Bret and his family returned home to Chattanooga in 2010 where Bret handled felony cases in Hamilton County Criminal Court before being promoted to a position as the County's Gang Prosecutor.  As the Gang Prosecutor, Bret represented the State in several violent felony trials and further served as a liaison between the District Attorney's Office and other government agencies, including the Mayor's Office and federal authorities.  

 

During a criminal jury trial, Bret was noticed by General Counsel for Life Care Centers of America, Inc., a national skilled nursing and assisted living company with facilities in twenty-eight states.  He was hired as a supervisor in Life Care's legal department, overseeing federal regulatory issues, facility issues, contract matters as well as professional and general liability matters.  Bret attended mediations and arbitrations on behalf of the company, and he analyzed case strategies presented to the company by the myriad of outside law firms hired to represent Life Care nationwide.

 

Bret recently returned to Chattanooga to work with long-time friend (and previous legal adversary) Johnny Houston.  As with Bret, Johnny's practice focuses on Criminal Defense, DUI representation, and Personal Injury matters.  

 

Bret and his family live in the Chattanooga area where Bret enjoys mountain biking with friends and kayaking with his family.

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Location

Houston & Alexander
3417 Dayton Boulevard
CHATTANOOGA, TN, 37415

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Posted by Mike | August 23, 2022
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Best Attorney Around
I faced a serious criminal charge arising from an argument with a close family member. I was worried that it would ruin my record and my employment. I have a great job in another state. I spoke to Bret about my problem, and he explained how the local Chattanooga court system worked so I would know what would happen in court. He then worked on my case for months, until he had the case dismissed entirely. It was a family matter that got out of hand. For that, I am truly sorry. But, I am very thankful that it will not haunt me or my career in the future. These guys know what they're doing.
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Posted by Gail | July 24, 2021
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DUI Representation
As a Veteran with no criminal record, I was extremely embarrassed and upset with myself for getting a DUI. I worried about how this one mistake could affect my future. I was worried about going to Court in Bradley County and what would happen to me there. Fortunately, I hired the best firm around! Bret really cares about doing a good job. His communication and expertise are unmatched. He was able to help me get into a Veteran's program which when compete, will mean my DUI gets dismissed. I am so relieved to have this behind me! I will be forever grateful. Thank you for all the help.
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Posted by Richard | January 30, 2020
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Money well Spent!
Bret Alexander was an awesome attorney. He calmed me down and I listened to his advice. He really saved my bacon. Bret, truly is a compassionate attorney and cares about his clients.
Posted by Jackson | November 5, 2019
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Great lawyer!
Bret not only had an unbelievable feel for the courtroom, but he also had a working knowledge of Sewanee’s handbook due to efforts on prior matters. He also knew, as a Wilkins’ Scholar and alumnus, the expectations of the University and how to best address those expectations. He will do his very best to help a Sewanee student with legal troubles. In court, Bret and his firm knew when and how to address the prosecutors, explain my case, and win them over to my side. He obtained the very best result possible.
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Posted by Ritta | July 21, 2019
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Bret Alexander is the attorney you want to represent you.
I highly recommend Bret Alexander. Bret was a pro from our initial office meeting, through the court process, to resolving my case beyond expectations. What more can I say? I was so excited after learning that Bret had resolved my case that I hugged him (whether he wanted me to or not), three times at the courthouse. My mom did, as well. It was such a relief to know that Bret was doing all he could to resolve my case. So much worry was bogging me down and Bret helped to alleviate my ( what felt like perpetual anxiety ) throughout the process. I have never been in any sort of trouble and I live two hours away from Chattanooga ( which served as an additional layer of stress ). However. The drives to and from TN were worth the logistics. Each time that I met with Bret, I knew I could trust his expertise and sincerity. He patiently explains the process, does not sugarcoat while at the same time retains the ability to connect with his clients and place them at ease. You will be in excellent hands with Bret and the team at Hamilton & Alexander. These experts know what they are doing. No need to conduct further research. You have found the right attorney and firm to represent you.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2019
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Best law firm in Tennessee by far
I had multiple charges from different events in separate criminal court rooms. Johnny and Bret attacked each case and whittled them all down to a minor charge. I have a small child and their efforts will keep me from risking separation from my son. If your family depends on you, you will rest well knowing that they have your back in court. Highly recommend this team of experts. Thanks so much Houston & Alexander!!!!
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Posted by Gene | April 2, 2019
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Bret represented me in a criminal case
I was falsely accused of domestic violence against my nephew. Bret Alexander was able to clear my name from the charges. I am so happy that I chose Bret for my lawyer. They don't come any better than him.
Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2019
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Great Job
I hired Bret Alexander to represent me in my case that I expected to have the worst outcome possible. I faced a Felony charge that sounded terrible on paper, threatening my job, my family and my peace of mind. The whole firm stood behind me and helped me demonstrate to the Department of Children's Services that I was a good parent. They were also able to help me turn a felony charge into an outcome that will later come off of my record completely. If you face serious allegations in Chattanooga, I can highly recommend these guys. When you retain Bret you get the entire team not just one person. Johnny, Bret, Matt and Amanda fought for me every step of the way.
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Posted by Michael | January 20, 2019
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Houston and Alexander
The whole staff great. The were professional though out the whole process. From the first meeting they noticed a problem with the law enforcement stop of my vehicle. They were strong in the courtroom and they helped me reach an unbelievable outcome. They treated me with respect though out the entire process. A five star firm.
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Posted by Gary | December 4, 2018
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More than worth it
I hired Bret and his team based upon reviews I had read and their posted biographies showing their experience. Little did I know how good of a decision that would be. I had a DUI case that you might call "impossible" and I felt so incredibly hopeless. Bret immediately told me to be patient and let him do the worrying. Throughout the process, Bret made sure I understood every detail about what I was facing, what he was thinking and planning, and what my expectations should be. He also made sure he steered his actions towards what my desired outcome was. Bret's experience showed in the way that he dealt with the prosecuting side in court, and with the strategy he put forth to maximize my opportunity to get a favorable outcome. Bret made sure I understood what I was up against. He gave me a range of realistic expectations, and helped to guide me through the steps needed to set myself up for the best outcome. Bret worked with me to set up a defense that could give me a chance, but I was also prepared to accept whatever outcome I was given. The next part felt surreal. On my final court date, Bret was "on" all day. He read the situation perfectly, told me just what to do and say and when, and the result was better than I ever thought possible. Not only did I walk away from a DUI charge with a reckless driving, but I also avoided any jail time (which was previously considered a guarantee). I know that there are no guarantees in the legal system, but I personally feel that Bret and his team are as close as you can get to a "guarantee" that they will get you the best outcome possible in your case. I would hire Bret 10 times over, and recommend him to anyone finding themselves in legal trouble.
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Posted by Andi | September 19, 2018
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Amazing!
I hired Brett Alexander to help my granddaughter in a complicated case involving several co-defendants. Because of his experience and knowledge of the justice system with all its ins and outs, her charges were completely dismissed. This happened within about six weeks of him being hired. I hired him to replace a lawyer who had worked on the case for six months without any thing happening. In fact the previous lawyer had made things worse for my granddaughter. Mr. Alexander was always very calm and helped my granddaughter who suffers from severe anxiety to stay calm during the hearings and while we were waiting for court dates. I cannot thank Brett enough for sorting out the mess we handed him and finding the truth and making that truth understandable to the DA and the judge so that my granddaughter could have her life back. If you are thinking about hiring this lawyer or any of the lawyers in his firm (they all work together as one team), I recommend that you do it. They will give you the best outcome possible. As others have said, they are expensive, but it is because they do extraordinary work and that takes extra time. They are worth every penny.
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Posted by Beau | May 23, 2018
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DUI offense
I got in a sticky situation and got a DUI charge. One of my friends told me to give Houston and Alexander a call, and that is one call that I will never regret. Bret worked tirelessly on my case and I got the outcome that I wanted. He was relentless and kept me in the loop on possible outcomes and what to expect. Hands down the best DUI attorney in Chattanooga. Couldn't have asked for a better outcome on my case.
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Posted by James | February 22, 2018
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Complicated DUI Case
Bret was exemplary in my defense. He knew every step of the legal process, provided all options, kept me in the loop, and was, not only professional, but personable. He kept me hopeful of a good outcome and maintained realistic expectations that could only come from years of experience. Bret ensured that I understood every step in the legal process and what I could expect regarding the particulars of my case. What I appreciated the most was I was always aware of what the next move would be and what I could expect whether that move was successful or not. In essence, I could not have hired a more knowledgeable, professional, and caring attorney. Bret took a genuine interest in my future and went above and beyond in my defense.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2017
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DUI Case
I was in Chattanooga on business from New York and ended up with a DUI charge against me. I used Houston & Alexander to fight this case and it ended with a great outcome. They were able to convince the DA to reduce my charge and allow me to continue working in the field that I am in. I highly recommend this firm.
Response from Bret Alexander October 23, 2017
Thank you for your kind words. We are always pleased to help individuals from out-of-town who are looking for strong legal representation. I'm glad we could obtain the result you were hoping for in this case. You were a great client. Bret Alexander
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2017
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Peace of mind
Clearly explained how the process works, what my options were, what their strategy would be for each of those options, and what the next step was. Tremendous peace of mind knowing I was getting the best representation possible.
Posted by Charles | February 15, 2017
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Bret alexander
Talked with Brett Alexander one time and he got my case dismissed. He was very thorough and gave me a call as soon as it was settled. He and his team are very thoughtful and considerate, Brett Alexander is my lawyer from now on.
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2017
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Great lawyer to have
Hey took his tI'm to explain the situation from court date to court date. And explained everything very well at the hearing. Could not ask for a better lawyer and experience.
Posted by Jennifer | January 28, 2017
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Worth every penny!
I was arresred on driving on suspended but looking to be charged with more serious offenses due to my past two duis. Bret handled my case with extreme care and professionalism. Ultimately i had my case dismissed and my arrest wont even appear on my record. He did a great job considering what could've happened if i chose no attorney. Hands down the best choice of attorney !
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Response from Bret Alexander February 7, 2017
Thank you, Jennifer. We are always pleased when we can help a client overcome an issue. We wish you and your family the very best.
Posted by Josh | January 10, 2017
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Criminal defense
I hired Brett Alexander less than two days before my first appearance and he immediately consulted with me, was very thorough, and layed out a course of action along with several possible scenarios that could happen. I felt very prepared and comfortable with his competency as my council. I had two class c felony charges and priors looking at jail time and long probation most likely. After two short court dates he negotiated a deal far better than I could have hoped for. No jail, no probation, and no fines. I highly recommend mr. Alexander and think his background on both sides ( defense and prosecution) of the law aides his ability to know, plan, and prepare for his clients. His fees were very reasonable and structured to remove any worry about hidden fees or requests for more money. The firm also has what's called 'My case' that was easily accessible and details every aspect of your case updated daily. By far the best attorney I've had as well as the rest of the staff from top to bottom they made this stressful experience much better than i could've expected.
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Response from Bret Alexander February 7, 2017
We appreciate the kind words, Josh. We were glad you called us so we could help you through this matter. We hope you find the Chattanooga area an excellent place to live.
Posted by Anthony George | January 8, 2017
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DUI and other charges
After getting a DUI I became overwhelmed with fear. DUIs lead to long term problems with future planning. Houston and Alexander both have outstanding demeanors and took away all my anxiety. There is no substitute for having a great pair of attorneys working on your case. Since I am not from the Chattanooga area, traveling for court sessions is a hassle. We talked on the phone and he honestly gave his opinion on my case. They rescheduled my date for after I got out of school in December and settled my case the very first day. I am so impressed by their service and out come of my charges. Anyone serious about their, and their family's, future should put money concern aside and hire these men.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney At Law
  • Houston & Alexander
  • 2015 - Present
  • Legal Counsel
  • Life Care Legal & Risk Services, LLC
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Hamilton County District Attorney
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Hamilton County District Attorney
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Litigation Associate
  • Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC
  • 2001 - 2005
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Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of the South
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Tennessee v. William Valentine
  • Successful representation of the State's interests
  • State of Tennessee v. Gustus and Burress
  • Successful representation of the State's interests
  • State of Tennessee v. Fredrick Anderson
  • Successful representation of the State's interests
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Associations

  • Chattanooga Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Ethics and Professionalism Committee
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Chattanooga Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Member
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (11)
Endorse Bret
Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Great legal mind and a unique ability to simplify complex issues in a way that truly benefits his clients. This is someone that you want in your corner when things get tough."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bret is a knowledgeable and hard-working attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bret is a smart lawyer who does a great job for his clients by quickly determing what the most important issues are and getting them resolved. I enjoy working with and against him because there is no BS. He figures out what issues matter, address them and gets the case resolved."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bret has a vast knowledge of criminal defense matters. His professionalism is second to none and he works vigorously on behalf of his clients for a successful outcome. It is always a pleasure to work with him and I would recommend him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Alexander is a respected member of the Chattanooga legal community. We have worked on several matters over the past few years and he is a highly proficient advocate for his clients. I endorse him without hesitation!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bret Alexander. Bret's reputation as a skilled and zealous advocate precedes him. He and Johnny Houston make a strong team - you cannot go wrong hiring Bret."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bret for many years and I value his vast legal knowledge and ability. More important than that is his integrity. Bret is honest and direct. He is lawyer who will do his very best to help you with your legal issues. Smart, capable, and honest."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bret for 15 years as an adversary, a friend, and now my partner. Bret is a very bright, hard-working attorney and I am thrilled to be working together with him now. His experience as both a former DUI prosecutor and an assistant US attorney gives him a unique, "insider" perspective on criminal matters and his background in the nursing home industry provides an insight into those cases as well. I highly endorse Bret and look forward to working with him."
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