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Two Cases Reduced to Reckless Driving, With Adjudication Withheld, In a Single Day

January 2018

Not every case goes to trial, and not every case should. Sometimes, there is enough uncertainty about the outcome that both sides are willing to compromise. In DUI cases, that often means the State reducing the charge to a charge of Reckless Driving. At the Hudson Law Office, we try to persuade the State Attorney that the charge should be reduced, and that adjudication should be withheld. A "withheld adjudication" means that there is technically no conviction. It also means that, for first offenders, they can later have their record "sealed," so that it does not appear on criminal background checks. When we can accomplish that result, it is a real "win" for our clients, who can avoid the stress of a trial, and often can emerge with a spotless record intact.

Last week, we achieved that result for two of our clients on a single day. 

Practice area(s): DUI / DWI

Court: Sarasota/Manatee County Courts

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.