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Motion to Suppress All Evidence Granted

March 2015

We were preparing for trial on a felony case.  Our client had been stopped for DUI, but was later charged with Resisting Police with Violence when she got upset at the station.  The original stop occurred because our client was lost in a remote area of North Port Florida. An officer in a police car saw her pull over a couple of times to try to figure out where she was, and lit her up with a spotlight when he did.

As the officer approached our client in her car, another police car pulled up, and our client felt that she was clearly not free to go.  Since there had been no indication of any traffic offense or erratic driving, the Judge held that the traffic stop was unconstitutional.  The evidence from the stop was tainted, and cannot be used in court.

It is possible that the State Attorney will decide to appeal the trial court order, but it is not likely.  In all likelihood, this case will go into the "win" column when the State decides to dismiss it.

Practice area(s): DUI / DWI

Court: 12th Circuit Court-Sarasota 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.