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A Surprising Decision by the State to Reduce a DUI to a Reckless Driving.

November 2019

We had reviewed the video of our client's DUI investigation, and decided that the investigation was very poorly done. The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test was completely botched, and our client simply didn't look impaired. Add to that that he works in a brewery and his clothes were soaked with beer. 

So it was no surprise that he smelled like alcohol. 

We felt so strongly that the investigation was botched, that we hired one of the foremost DUI experts in the country as our expert witness. We retained Anthony Corroto, a former Atlanta police officer who consults on DUI investigations nationwide. 

We were in court today for “docket sounding,” the last pretrial conference before trial. When we disclosed that Tony Corroto was our expert, the State Attorney's Office decided to reduce the charge to Reckless Driving. Our client would avoid jail time, any license suspension and the cost of high risk insurance. 

Our client was delighted and we resolved his case on the spot. 

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.