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Key West is world-famous as a place for sun and celebration. From its ancient history as a hideout for pirates and wreckers, to its jazz age celebrity as the home of Ernest Hemingway, to its declaration of secession as the "Conch Republic" in 1982, Key West has been a home for iconoclasts and free-thinkers.
Sloppy Joe's is one of the best known businesses in Key West, an anchor of Duval Street, and usually the first stop on the "Duval Crawl," the bar-hopping odyssey that can take days to complete.
But there is more to Key West than drinking. The one-by-four mile island offers an amazing course in history, remarkable architecture, outstanding watersports, and deep-sea and flats fishing. You can also go snorkeling on North America's only living coral reef.
But more than any of these things, Key West stands out as a crossroads of humanity. From the filthy rich to the merely filthy, you can find all types in Key West, and all accepted as part of "One Human Family." At any time of the day or night, you can walk up and down Duval Street, and see people walking and speaking dozens of different languages. Not bad for a town with only 30,000 permanent residents. Key West is truly, as one clever boy said, "a cross between Manhattan and Mayberry."
Key West is lucky to have two excellent judges responsible for your DUI case in Monroe County. Judge Peary Fowler was a defense lawyer before she took the bench in 2004. She spent about equal time as a prosecutor and as a defense lawyer, before she became a judge, and so she is even-handed in handling her docket. She is the great-granddaughter of Admiral Robert Peary, the discoverer of the North Pole.
Judge Wayne Miller is also an excellent judge, and has been the Dean of the Florida Judicial College since 2000. He has been a county judge in Monroe County since 1989, and so he knows his way around the courtroom. Although he presents a courtroom demeanor that can be intimidating, he is a fair man with high standards.
As we all know, even in a far-away destination like Key West, reality can intrude in the form of an injury or an arrest. When that happens, the Hudson Law Office stands by ready to help.