Case Results

DUI Case Reduced to Reckless Driving with Withheld Adjudication--No Conviction--A Week Before Trial

January 2016

Our client had been out at a nightclub, and had objected when she saw the police treat someone in a way that she thought was

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disrespectful. She went to her car and was waiting in her car for a ride to pick her up when the officer she scolded earlier saw her and started a DUI investigation.  (In Florida, you can be convicted of DUI if you are even sitting in a car with the ability to start it and drive away.)

We were ready for trial. However, the advantage of a withheld adjudication is that the case can be removed from your record as soon as you finish the terms of your probation.  In this case, it was a "bird in the hand," and our client was happy to be able to finish the case without a criminal record, without the stress and expense of trial.

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.