Case Results

Motion to Suppress Evidence Granted--Case Dismissed

January 2015

Our client was stopped for speeding, and found to be having an episode of low blood sugar.  He was transported to the hospital after his arrest for DUi.  At the hospital, the trooper asked him for a blood sample, and read implied consent warnings associated with getting a blood sample.  However, Florida law says that police can request a blood sample only when it is impractical or impossible to get a breath sample.

Since the hospital was only twenty minutes from the jail, the court ruled that it was not "impractical or impossible" to subject our client to a breath test.  For that reason, the refusal to submit to a blood test is excluded from trial.

Four days later, on January 7, 2015, the Manatee County State Attorney's Office dismissed the case against our client.  First happy client of the new year.

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.