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Another Case Reduced from DUI to Reckless Driving with No Adjudication of Guilt

April 2018

Many times, the best option for a citizen charged with DUI is to plea bargain. If we have a good case to plea bargain, it is a chance to get out client out of his or her DUI without a criminal record. In this case, the State Attorney's Office realized that there was a good chance that the initial traffic stop of our client was no based upon reasonable suspicion.

As Tom's father used to say, "Uncertainty is the lubricant of the judicial system." The uncertainty of whether the original stop was legal caused both sides to compromise.

Our client agreed to plead "no contest" to Reckless Driving, with adjudication withheld. This means there is no technical conviction, and the case can be "sealed" later, so that it won't appear in any future record check. 

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.