Case Results

A Boating Under the Influence Case Gets Dismissed

April 2016

Recently in Key West, one of our clients was charged with Boating Under the Influence. He hadn't been boating erratically, but his top white light had slid down from the top of his vessel to one side.  In addition, he really didn't have that much alcohol on board, but unfortunately, he had a joint of marijuana in his pocket.  Marijuana is not considered a big deal these days.  On the other hand, it doesn't help when a person is charged with Boating Under the Influence.

Part of a lawyer's job in cases like these is to make the prosecutor see that justice can be served without a conviction.  In this case, we were able to persuade the State Attorney's Office in Key West that there just wasn't that much evidence that our client was impaired by alcohol OR marijuana.  The State agreed to drop the BUI charge entirely, and to give our client a withheld adjudication on his marijuana possession charge.  That means that there's no formal conviction.  

Another happy client.

Practice area(s): DUI / DWI

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Tom Hudson

Known nationwide as a leading DUI defense lawyer, Tom has tried over 350 jury trials, including numerous death penalty cases. He now limits his criminal practice to DUI defense. His civil practice is devoted to getting fair compensation for the victims of negligence. Tom has attained multiple verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million, and is a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In 2008, Tom Hudson passed the National Board Certification Test for DUI Attorneys in Honolulu, Hawaii. NOTE: The State of Florida does not yet recognize DUI defense as a Specialty.

Board Certification in DUI Defense

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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.