Case Results

Another DUI Case Resolved with No Criminal Conviction

January 2020

We resolved a case today with a withheld adjudication on a "no contest" plea to the reduced charge of Reckless Driving. Our client was charged with DUI, and the State Attorney's Office had dug in their heels, refusing to reduce the charge unless our client attended DUI School and counseling, and performed Offender Work Service with the Sarasota County Sheriff.

This was for a citizen who had been stopped for speeding and blew a .06 on the breath test estimator. 

We can be just as stubborn as the prosecutors, however. The case was scheduled to go to trial in five days, and the state blinked. In a compromise resolution, our client agreed to pay the fines for a Reckless Driving charge, without an adjudication of guilt. Also without any license suspension, Offender Work Program, DUI school or counseling. 

Most important, our client has no DUI conviction, which can result in loss of employment and increased insurance costs in excess of $10,000.

Practice area(s): DUI / DWI

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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.

Board Certification in DUI Defense

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Tom Hudson passed the National Board Certification Examination (written and oral) in Honolulu in 2008, and was recertified in 2013. He was one of the first 50 lawyers granted national board certification in DUI Defense, and is nationally recognized as an authority in DUI law.

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. Florida's State Delegate to the National College for DUI Defense.