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Doing the Impossible

September 2014

An administrative license suspension invalidated three months after the deadline, and the underlying DUI case dismissed altogether the week before jury selection.

One evening in September, Tom was visiting a local drinking establishment and struck up a conversation with a local businessman.  The man was upset because his best employee had picked up a DUI in June, and was looking at a long time without a license to drive.  Tom said he'd look into it if the employee called him.

The next day, the employee called.  After reviewing some of the paperwork from the arrest, Tom realized that the case presented a very good case to defend.  However, the administrative suspension was going to be tougher, since there is a ten-day deadline to challenge the DMV suspension of the drivers license.

The employee asked Tom to do what he could, and so we took over for the Public Defender.  Less than a week later, the administrative suspension has been invalidated, and the criminal case is dismissed.  Sometimes, everything just comes together.

Practice area(s): DUI / DWI

Court: Manatee County

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.