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Jay Underwood

Criminal defense Attorney at Chattanooga, TN

5.0   14 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 4 years
    Tennessee - TN 14 years
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2020
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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I am proud to be part of the team at Houston & Alexander. I have been practicing criminal defense since 2010. For almost five years prior to joining Houston & Alexander, I worked at the Public Defender’s Office, where I handled hundreds of the most difficult cases, from the first court date all the way through appeal. During this time I had major successes in trials and motion hearings. I also successfully argued at the Court of Criminal Appeals, getting two separate murder convictions reversed.  

Location

Houston & Alexander PLLC
3417 Dayton Boulevard
Chattanooga, TN, 37415

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Posted by Anthony | February 21, 2023
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Highly satisfied
We all make mistakes. Upon hearing about Houston & Alexander PLLC, I consulted them regarding DUI charges among others. Mr. Underwood got court postponed for me on more than one occasion, until I was able to pay for their services in full. On my final court date they did their negotiations with the district attorney’s representatives, and got my charges reduced to reckless driving. I am fully satisfied as I can get on with my life and career with this all behind me. The biggest thing for me is that they are willing to work with you, they do a fantastic job working for you, and they are affordable. I will always recommend Jay Underwood or Houston & Alexander PLLC to anyone who needs legal help or advisement.
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Posted by Daniel | February 16, 2023
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Best lawyer around!!
Hired Houston & Alexander, and they got my domestic assault dismissed and expunged. Jay handled things in Court and the whole staff was great to work with. I also moved to Florida and they kept me from even having to come back for Court. Highly recommend them
Posted by Lynn | November 17, 2022
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5 star
Jay Underwood is the best attorney ever. He works for you and gets the job done. He is very knowledgeable and dependable. My son had a great outcome bc of Jay. I appreciate everything he did for him. If you need a attorney Jay is your man!!
Posted by Mike | May 17, 2022
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DUI 2
My case was one that came in with pretty harsh facts. I knew it was a long shot to get a half way decent result. After my first court date I asked Jay if he played sports and he kind of laughed while replying yes. I asked that because I could tell he was competitive and was pushing himself to get a better result. He fought hard for me each court date until the very end. I got the result I needed because of his persistence. I was able to keep my job most importantly for my family’s sake as well. If you get in a situation and want a group of GREAT lawyers to help you through it. This is the firm for you. The entire staff is experienced and sympathetic.
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Posted by Estefany | December 9, 2021
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5 Star Review
I got charged with DUI in Collegedale and my blood result was twice the legal limit. Being from out of town, I looked online to try to find the best attorneys I could. Called and spoke to Jay and after that I always had faith that he would do everything he could for me. In the end he got my case reduced to reckless driving! It wasn’t cheap, but considering the result and all the money it will save me on my insurance, it was money well spent. From the beginning of the case he helped answer all my questions clearly and guided me through the whole process. I highly recommend Jay underwood and this firm! Thank you I couldn’t be happier with the representation!
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Posted by Ricky | May 10, 2021
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How he did it, I’ll never know
Jay Underwood took my second offense dui and got it reduced to reckless driving. As most of you know usually a second offense of anything would mean guaranteed jail time. That would of meant I would have lost my job, my apartment, my car and most likely my relationship as well. This man didn’t just knock it out the park he hit a grand slam for me. I’m still in shock to be honest. HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR ANYONE SEARCHING FOR A BETTER LEGAL OUTCOME.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2021
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About a year ago, I was involved in a bad wreck after having some drinks. I was injured and so were the people in the other car. I was taken to the hospital where police took my blood. I was not arrested at the time, but I knew charges could come. So I hired Jay and I'm glad I did. He was upfront with me about what I could be facing, but he was always thinking two or three steps ahead too. He had a strategy for each possibility. When you’re in my situation, it’s comforting to have someone on your side who has a mastery of the court system. To say that he went above and beyond is an understatement. In the end, despite my high blood result, I avoided felony charges, a DUI conviction, or any conviction for that matter. Keeping this off my record was also critical for me, because I have a professional license that could have been in jeopardy. If you have a serious case, don’t hesitate to hire this firm! There is hope and they will help you through it.
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Posted by Raquel | January 19, 2021
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lawyer
Jay Underwood, helped get my DUI dropped to reckless driving and help me get my record clean and he was so good about explaining me things and he was there every time I had a question. he was so easy to talk and he is one of the best lawyer. I highly recommend him and will to my family and friends if they ever need a good lawyer. I trusted him. I was so pleased and I so thankful to him and his law firm.
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Posted by Maureen | October 23, 2020
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Excellent Attorney
I am not from Tennessee, but when I was on a trip, I got charged with a DUI in Dunlap. I didn’t know anyone in the area to recommend an attorney. After having a bad experience with another firm, I found Houston and Alexander online. They looked like the most qualified people and had great reviews. I called and spoke to Jay, and hired him over the phone. I have a professional license, and a DUI conviction could have been a real problem for me. But Jay had a plan, was always very communicative, and he got the case reduced! Very glad I found this firm, and I highly recommend them to anyone in my situation.
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Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2020
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Amazing Outcome!
Im really thankful for the outcome i received! Unfortunately, i allowed alcohol take control over me and ended up making horrible actions which resulted in a DUI. Jay Underwood worked with me on my case. He always checked up on me the day before court! He wanted to make sure I didn’t have any questions about my case. He walked me through the entire process and made sure I understood everything. Jay got my DUI reduced and I kept my driver license. I also didn’t have to do any jail time and now I can keep a clean record. I was treated like a person and never like a criminal! Thank you again for everything!
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Posted by Sam | March 2, 2020
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Exceptional Professionalism and Care!
I hired Mr. Underwood to represent me for a DUI I was charged with. They offered me a great discontent rate that was a far better then the others I looked at. Communication was never a problem and I was always clear on what was going on with the case though there app. They were all very respectful, understanding and cared about my case. After months of working the case and not giving in Mr. Underwood got the whole thing dropped and expunged. They're good guys to know.
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Posted by Marvin | January 17, 2020
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Absolutely outstanding service.
Overall great experience with Houston & Alexander, PLLC. My fiance had some old warrants with an additional theft charge. She was looking at 2 years in prison. Jay planned us a date for her to turn herself in and plead her case to the judge. He assured us a good outcome the whole time and he kept his promise 100%. Additionally, before the turn in date he was very on top of answering any of our questions via phone call or in person. The reception staff is very nice, btw. In the end Jay got her potential 2 year sentence reduced to a 48 hour hold and a $575 fine. No probation. Dont get me wrong, this was not cheap, but you get what you pay for. I know I got my money's worth from this firm. I am so thankful that we decided to use Houston & Alexander and would reccomend them to anyone in need of a crimnal defence Lawyer. Thanks again, Jay.
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2019
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A lawyer that gets results
Following the passing of my father and grandmother, I found myself developing panic attacks. One night I went out for a drink and one of my attacks hit me to the point all I could think about was getting home. Unfortunately, I had an accident and thought my life was over after getting a DUI. For the next year, Jay and his team fought for me, answered all my questions, and didn't stop until we got the answer we were looking for. For months I thought the worst, but Jay was able to get what seemed like impossible charges dismissed. I ended up with community service and a life lesson learned. I owe Jay a lot more than attorney fees. All I can say is if you are serious about fighting your charges, call Jay. There are a lot of lawyers in Chattanooga, but I'm telling you that Jay is a miracle worker and just a really great guy in general. Call Jay for any legal issues you encounter, I can personally guarantee from my experience you will not regret your decision. When it comes to your future, I wouldn't take a chance on any other lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2019
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Mr. Underwood is a blessing
I was charged with DUI and was worried about getting convicted and losing my license. But Jay and the team at Houston & Alexander worked hard and were able to get the case reduced to reckless driving. They kept me informed throughout the process and are experts in Court. I highly recommend them.
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AVVO RATING 6.8 (Good)

Education

  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Southern Adventist University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've known Jay Underwood for many years. I first experienced his true abilities when I tried, as a senior state prosecutor, a serious drug felony against him. Since that time, Johnny Houston & I joined forces while Jay became known for overturning two separate homicide convictions, for errors, at the Tennessee Court of Appeals. He tried such a good case, while handling appeals so well, that we had to have him join our team. You can't replace real, in-court experience, like his."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a judge as well as an attorney. Although Jay was originally a solo practitioner, I first got to know him when he appeared before me in my court as a public defender. Jay was always on time, cared about his clients and the outcome of their cases and had a way of pushing issues that he thought should be pushed, without alienating me as a judge or the assistant District Attorney. Some lawyers NEVER acquire that skill. Jay was a division leader at the PD's office and handled a number of successful appeals. When my law office had an opening, Jay was the person we wanted to join us. He is hard-working, never complains and quietly GETS THE JOB DONE! Without reservation, I endorse Jay Underwood."
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Chattanooga Criminal defense Lawyer Jay Underwood
Jay Underwood
Criminal defense Attorney
Chattanooga, TN
Licensed for 14 years