Dedicated Criminal Defense

Initial Appearance & Detention Hearings

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chattanooga, TN

One of the first steps in a federal criminal court case is attending your initial appearance and detention hearing. The first question any federal judge is going to ask of you is: Who is your lawyer? Federal cases move incredibly fast and many judges will give you only a week or two to retain a criminal defense attorney of your choice.

Remember, you are constitutionally entitled to hire any lawyer of your choosing, but you must act quickly to do so before your initial appearance. Don't show up at this important hearing without a lawyer.

By retaining a Chattanooga criminal defense attorney prior to your initial appearance, you will secure a much better chance of successfully protecting your freedom in court.

After your initial appearance is completed, the other hearing that must be conducted is called a detention hearing. This court date is critical because - for the vast majority of defendants - it will determine whether you will be released pending any trial or whether you will be held in custody. A detention hearing requires your attorney to first investigate your case, your background, your criminal history, your family and other factors in order to understand you thoroughly and be completely prepared to defend you in a federal court setting.

Hire a Chattanooga Criminal Defense Attorney with Courtroom Experience

While some defendants are not given any advance notice of this important hearing, a judge will grant any defendant a few days to hire an attorney of his or her choosing to represent them at a detention hearing. At our firm, Attorneys Lee Davis and Bryan Hoss routinely represent clients at this critical hearing. Many times, we are able to introduce proof before the judge to let our clients out of custody.

At Davis & Hoss, PC, we go the extra mile on behalf of our clients in every case. We offer initial free case evaluations, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by speaking with an experienced criminal defense lawyer with the knowledge and legal ability to protect you in federal court.

Contact Lee Davis or Bryan Hoss today if you face a detention hearing and need representation.

Client Testimonials

  • “I do not hesitate to responsibly recommend your team to others, should they have a need at any time.”


  • “Mr. Davis has a God-given gift of being quick on his feet in extremely high pressure situations. I would recommend Mr. Davis for any case that may come up large or small.”


  • “My case was one step away from a jury trial and through their knowledge and skill resulted in the charges being dismissed and my record expunged and cleared and my rights restored.”


  • “Bryan and Janie had a clear plan and advised me to be patient and fight which we did and won!”


  • “It is clear to us that the ability to help people is a great motivator for Janie in her career.”

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