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DUI Case Reduced to Reckless Driving

August 2018

For the twelfth time this year, we have gotten a DUI case reduced to a charge of Reckless Driving. This means that the prosecutors have agreed that they might have a difficult time getting a conviction of DUI, and so we compromised on a lesser charge. This is important for our clients, because a Reckless Driving charge carries a lot fewer mandatory penalties, like the requirement of carrying high-risk (FR-44) car insurance for three years. 

This time, the reduction from DUI to Reckless Driving came on the morning when the jury was scheduled to be selected. Our client left the courthouse happy.

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.