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All Charges Dropped against Hudson Client

April 2016

This case began as what could have been a DUI case.  Our client was sitting in a golf cart on St. Patrick's Day, just hanging out with some friends and drinking beer.  Someone stomped on the gas, and our client wound up an unwilling motorist, and the golf cart shot across the street, injuring another reveler.  For reasons unknown to us (perhaps they realized that our client didn't intend to drive), the police never charged a DUI.  However, they did charge Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Providing False Information to the Police. 

This was strange, because according to six people who were present at the time, our client never left the scene, and never told any false story to the police.  It just seemed that the officers were angry that someone was injured, and want to charge someone with a crime.  Our prompt investigation provided the State Attorney's Office with all of the information they needed to know that they didn't want to clog up the halls of justice with this barking dog of a case.  

So the case was dropped.  In its entirety.  Happy client.  

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.