Venice, Florida

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Venice, Florida is the home of the County Court of Sarasota, South County Division.  Misdemeanor cases (like most DUI's) can be heard in the South County court, which is located in the R. L. Anderson Administration Building, at 4000 South Tamiami Trail, Venice.

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South County Courthouse

Venice is a wealthy and conservative community, with some of the nicest beaches on the Gulf Coast.  The downtown is very walkable and hosts festivals and art shows throughout the winter months.  Shoppers will find a great variety of merchandise in colorful shops in the immediate downtown, including Venice, Tampa and Miami Avenues. Many of these shops are located in historic buildings which were built in the 1920's, some of which are on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

DUI cases in which the arrest was made in southern Sarasota County, including Venice, Nokomis or North Port will be heard in the Venice Courthouse of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit of Florida.  One judge of the Sarasota County Court is assigned to the South County division, usually for one year at a time.

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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.