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DUI Case Reduced to Reckless Driving, with No Adjudication of Guilt

May 2016

Our client really wanted to get his case disposed of, and we were able to get the State to agree to reduce his DUI case to a charge of Reckless Driving, with the adjudication withheld.  This is a good result for a lot of clients who don't want the time, cost and uncertainty of a trial.  In Florida, if you have never been adjudicated guilty of a criminal offense, a withheld adjudication can be "sealed."  This means that no one can find it if they index your name in the court records, or in the records of law enforcement.  

See more about "sealing" and "expunging" records here.

So for this client, the withheld adjudication means there is no formal conviction of guilt.  And as soon as he finishes his terms of probation, he can get his record sealed and go forth with no criminal record.   

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.