Anna Maria Island

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Anna Maria Island is Manatee County's gateway to the Gulf of Mexico.  It has world-class beaches and a laid back small-town feel.  Anna Maria Island is made up of three cities, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. They all have great swimming, sunning and seafood.  Many of the residents of Anna Maria Island are snow-birds, meaning they only live in the area during the winter months.  The entire City of Anna Maria is a bird sanctuary, and many of the striking birds of Florida can be seen everywhere in the city, including pelicans, snowy egrets and great blue herons.

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DUI's that occur anywhere along the offshore keys of Manatee County, including Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island, are heard at the Manatee County Courthouse, located on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton.

What Do I Do if Someone is Arrested for DUI in Manatee County?

The Manatee County Courthouse was just replaced in 2011, and now the new court tower stands next to the historic courthouse on Manatee Avenue in downtown Bradenton.  If your loved one is arrested for DUI, eventually they will end up at Port Manatee Jail.  It is a long way from the downtown courthouse, and even further from the gulf islands, located at 2705 County Line Road in Palmetto.  You will have to wait eight hours after the arrest to bond your person out.  But if you post the bond before the person goes to First Appearance in front of a judge, you will minimize the possibility that something bad will happen then.  (The usual bond on a standard first-offense DUI is $500)

There is no doubt that Manatee County is a hidden gem of Florida's gulf coast.  But as we all know, even in paradise, reality can intrude.  If that happens, the Hudson Law Office stands by to help.

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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.