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A Quick Jury Verdict, and an Early Weekend

April 2017

We got a verdict on a Friday afternoon in a Sarasota DUI case. Our client had rolled through a stop sign on Siesta Key, and was stopped by a Sheriff's deputy. When the deputy smelled beer, he called a DUI officer to investigate.

Our ace in the hole was the video of the investigation, which clearly showed that our client wasn't impaired. He told the officers that he had had two beers at the Beach Club, while celebrating his brother's 21st birthday. Inexplicably, the officer who testified didn't say that our client had admitted to "two beers." Instead, he said that our client had consumed "a few drinks." 

There is a big difference between "two beers" and "a few drinks." First of all, "drinks" could mean really strong mixed drinks, singles or doubles, or something exotic and powerful like a Mai Tai. Secondly, "a few" means two, or three, or four. Or maybe it means that the speaker doesn't even know how many drinks he had. Tom had a field day cross-examining the officer, and the case went to the jury at 2:45pm on Friday. 

Everyone expected that the jury would want to see the video again after they began their deliberations. But they didn't. About a half-hour after retiring to deliberate, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty. It was a surprisingly quick verdict. But Tom and the client weren't complaining. It allowed them to start the weekend a little early, and in a very good mood.

Practice area(s): DUI / DWI

Court: Sarasota 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.