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A Fifth-Offense DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving with No Conviction

February 2020

Sometimes, we surprise even ourselves. We had a client who was on his fifth DUI charge. (That's not a typo.) He was facing up to five years in the Florida State prison system. Due to some glitches in the system, we were able to negotiate a plea bargain which reduced the charge to Reckless Driving, and allowed the court to withhold adjudication on the result. This meant that our client would receive no additional drivers license suspension, and would not get a formal conviction for the Reckless Driving charge.

People occasionally ask if we feel bad about getting multiple-offenders off on a technicality. The answer is, "It depends." In this case, as a condition of our taking the case, we insisted that our client attend hundreds of twelve-step meetings and remain alcohol- and drug-free. He did that, and with the resolution of this case has a four-month head start on sobriety. So we actually feel good about starting our client on a path of recovery, while preserving his ability to support himself, and keeping him out of prison. 

For our client, for us and for society, it is a win all around.

Practice area(s): DUI / DWI

Court: Manatee County Court

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.

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.