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Boating Under the Influence Case Dismissed

June 2016

For some reason, our Boating Under the Influence cases seem to come in bunches.  We might go a year or two without one,

and then sign up three or four in a few months.  The first few months of 2016 were like that. Within four months, we were retained in four cases involving boating under the influence.  

BUI cases are more complicated than DUI cases, because many of the tests designed for driving cases do not properly measure impairment on the water.  As you can imagine, tests for balance and coordination are not as reliable when they are being performed on a boat, bobbing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Anyway, we've had fantastic success with our BUI cases this year.  Two were reduced to lesser charges, and today we got word that our second BUI case in two months was dismissed by the State of Florida without even filing an information.  

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.