About Our Fees

The fee you pay for your DUI defense will depend on the kind of lawyer you want.  If you feel that you will probably just want to get it over with, then don't pay for a fighting lawyer. Tom Hudson is nationally-known as an expert in DUI Defense, and has access to some of the best experts in the field.  We are going to be more expensive than the average criminal lawyer who merely dabbles in DUI defense, along with all of the murders, robberies, and assaults that he or she might handle.

Here's how we do our fees:

Our "base fee" covers everything except a jury trial, no matter how many times we appear in court for you, or talk to you on the phone. You don't have to be watching the clock if you are on the phone with us. Once your base fee is paid, you are covered through jury selection. Our base fee ranges from $5,500 on a standard, first-offense DUI to much higher amounts if there is a crash with injuries or death.  (We do occasionally quote lower fees in certain hardship cases or if the case is particularly interesting.)

Many lawyers may charge a smaller "retainer," but then will ask you to pay additional fees if the case requires a large number of court appearances or depositions. That is not how we operate.

Our base fee represents the fee for entering an appearance, advising you along the way, investigating the case, evaluating the evidence, attending all pretrial hearings, and conducting plea negotiations. Only if the case must go to trial, is there is an additional trial fee.

If you shop around, you will find a wide range of fees, and a wide range of background and experience among lawyers practicing criminal law. You will certainly find attorneys who charge lower fees than ours. If cost is the only issue, then we encourage you to see if one of those lawyers can fill your needs.  

We believe that trust is essential to the attorney-client relationship. That trust must be based upon your interaction with the lawyer you select. With so much on the line, there must be a good fit of personalities between you and your lawyer for the relationship to work. 

Sadly, not everyone can drive a Rolls-Royce. If our fees are outside your range, ask us about attorneys associated with us. We make a conscious effort to establish working relationships with able young attorneys with good trial skills and exemplary ethical standards. Although they may not have the training and experience that Tom Hudson has, they offer extraordinary value and are well-regarded in the courts of Florida.

Tom Hudson has tried over 350 criminal jury trials, as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. These have ranged from traffic offenses to death penalty murder cases.  Since 2001, he has focused his training, and his criminal practice, on the defense of DUI cases. He is certified as an Instructor in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests given by the police in DUI cases (a higher certification than that possessed by most officers). He is trained as a "DRE" or a police Drug Recognition Expert, and is also certified to operate the official breath test instruments of the state of Florida. In addition, Tom Hudson has taught trial technique to other lawyers, including the Hillsborough County Public Defenders Office. He is a Faculty Member of the National College for DUI Defense, which is held at the Harvard Law School each summer. He has discussed legal issues for over twenty years on radio and television, including NBC's Today Show. If this is the sort of experience that you want for your defense, please contact us to  set up a free initial consultation.

Our phone number is (941) 957-0500 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, and (305) 292-8384 in Key West, Florida.

And don't forget, you can pay your legal fees through our PayPal link!


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Board Certification in DUI Defense


Tom Hudson passed the National Board Certification Examination (written and oral) in Honolulu in 2008, and was recertified in 2013. He was one of the first 50 lawyers granted national board certification in DUI Defense, and is nationally recognized as an authority in DUI law.

Why We're Different

Board Certification as a DUI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense. Formal NHTSA Certification as an Instructor of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests given by police in DUI cases. Formal training as a NHTSA Drug Recognition Evaluator. ("Drug Evaluation & Classification") Formal training to operate the Intoxilyzer 8000, Florida's official breath test instrument. Extensive experience in teaching other attorneys how to handle DUI cases. Hundreds of jury trials both as defense lawyer and as prosecutor. Florida's State Delegate to the National College for DUI Defense.