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Key West Case Reduced to Reckless Driving with Plea in Absentia

July 2017

In tourist-dependent states like Florida, it makes sense to have a system which allows visitors who get into trouble to resolve their cases without having to return to the state. We resolved such a case today with something called a "Plea in Absentia." With a PIA, the client can resolve the case without the burden of returning, often from thousands of miles away. We were delighted when, after a hearing a few weeks ago on a Motion to Suppress Evidence, the State Attorney's Office saw what we saw--that this was a case which should be compromised with a charge of Reckless Driving. Our client was happy not to have a conviction for DUI, and we were satisfied that our hard work had paid off.  

Practice area(s): DUI / DWI

Court: Monroe 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.