Your Captain's License

Depending on your age and occupation, a DUI can have a serious impact on your career. Here in Florida, we have over a thousand miles of coastline, and therefore, a lot of citizens who make their living at sea. The U.S. Coast Guard has jurisdiction of seafaring licenses in coastal waters, and so it is the USCG that makes the rules about the effect of a DUI on your captain's license.

First, we should note that there are all kinds of captain's licenses. Licenses range from a "six-pack," or OUPV (Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels) license, which is a standard charter captain's license, to an unlimited tonnage license for a supertanker captain. And likewise, there are all kinds of DUI offenses--with or without crashes, 1st, 2nd or 3rd offense charges, at all levels of intoxication. So the Coast Guard does not treat DUI as a "one-size-fits-all" matter. 

Following the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989, the Coast Guard became much more active in investigating alcohol-related issues in U.S. mariners. These issues were not restricted to incidents at sea, but extended to alcohol related The Coast Guard imposed "assessment periods" for particular offenses. (An "assessment period" is just a euphemism for a suspension of the captain's license.)

Board Certification in DUI Defense

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Tom Hudson passed the National Board Certification Examination (written and oral) in Honolulu in 2008, and was recertified in 2013. He was one of the first 50 lawyers granted national board certification in DUI Defense, and is nationally recognized as an authority in DUI law.

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. Florida's State Delegate to the National College for DUI Defense.