Case Results

DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving with Adjudication Withheld

August 2014

Another DUI reduced to Reckless Driving with adjudication withheld. We have been asked what this means. Under Florida law, if your adjudication is withheld, you aren't actually convicted. More important, you can get your case "sealed" and removed from public view.  A reduction to Reckless Driving with adjudication withheld is essentially a guarantee that, once the fines and costs are paid, all record of the case will go away.

We would sometimes rather take a case to trial, and get a clear victory. But it is the client's needs that are paramount. The practical effect of a withheld adjudication is a guarantee of a good result, and there are no guarantees with jury trials. So, often, the best practical result is to take the deal and "cop a plea."

That said, prosecutors will not offer a reduction to Reckless Driving on just any case. There has to be a weakness in the case, and the State Attorney's Office has to know that the defense lawyer is aware of the weakness.  If your lawyer just dabbles in DUI defense, the state may not offer their best deal.

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.