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Another Case Dismissed Entirely

October 2016

Our client had a slight smell of alcohol on her, from one glass of wine, and was stopped for speeding.  That shouldn't be enough to justify a DUI arrest, should it?  In this case it did.  Our client was taken to the Sarasota County Jail, where she blew well under the legal limit. The deputies were sure that our client's fatigue after three hours of tennis was actually impairment by alcohol, but they were wrong.  

A urine test through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement showed that she had no impairing substances in her system.  And our early intervention convinced the State Attorney's Office to decline any further action on the case.  

This case shows how law enforcement's faith in "field sobriety tests" is totally misplaced.  All of the scientific evidence shows that field tests can confirm what a layman can tell, if the subject is very intoxicated.  However, the field tests have no validity to tell if a person who appears sober is actually under the influence. It's science.

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.