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Another DUI Case Reduced to Reckless Driving with Adjudication Withheld

August 2018

Many cases are resolved with a "plea bargain." This is a compromise because the prosecution isn't sure that they can convict at trial, and we aren't sure that we can get the acquittal. As Tom's father used to say, "uncertainty is the lubrication of the legal system." At points of maximum uncertainty you will find the best opportunities to resolve a case. In this case, we had been fighting for 18 months over the admissibility of certain evidence, and the case was set for jury selection on Monday. But the imminence of the jury trial caused both sides to reassess, and the result was a plea bargain that everyone could live with. Our client had the case reduced from DUI to Reckless Driving, and adjudication was withheld. That means that there is technically no "conviction," and that the arrest and court proceedings can be "sealed" and removed from public view. 

That means that the 18 months of fighting paid off for our client, who will be able to emerge from the entire ordeal without a criminal record. 

Practice area(s): DUI / DWI

Court: Sarasota County Court-Venice Division

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.