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Another DUI Case Reduced to Reckless Driving

November 2017

For the ninth time this year, we achieved a great result for our client, getting his DUI charge reduced to a charge of Reckless Driving. More important, we got the State to agree to a withheld adjudication. That's important, because for this client, it means that he may be able to get the case, including the arrest, sealed and removed from his record. 

There are many reasons why DUI cases get reduced to Reckless Driving, but it usually means that a conviction is not guaranteed if the case goes to trial. Either there is something wrong with the State's evidence, or the defendant just doesn't look impaired in the videos. In this case, we were delighted with the result, because it was a client that Tom has known and respected for a long time. So it was an early holiday present for this 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.