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Thomas Hudson

Thomas Hudson

Board-certified DUI Specialist, The Hudson Law Office
  • DUI & DWI, Personal Injury
  • Florida
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Summary

Tom Hudson is a board-certified specialist in DUI Defense, one of only four lawyers in Florida with that designation. He is nationally known as an expert in DUI law, and has lectured to other lawyers, paralegals and laymen for over twenty years. As a personal injury lawyer, he is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a group restricted to lawyers who have attained success in major civil litigation.

Practice Areas
  • DUI & DWI
  • Personal Injury
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, Mastercard
  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Information about our fees and financing the cost of our representation is available at http://www.duisarasota.com/FeeInfo.htm
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
Ohio
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner
The Hudson Law Office
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Owner/Shareholder of the Hudson Law Office
Radio Personality
WSRZ Radio, 107.9FM, Sarasota, Florida
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Radio Personality
WMJI Radio, Majic 105.7, Cleveland, Ohio
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Assistant County Prosecutor
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
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Prosecuting felony cases, including major felonies such as death penalty litigation.
Education
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
J.D. / Law
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Kenyon College
B.A. / Political Science
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Honors: cum laude
Activities: Manager, WKCO-FM campus radio
Awards
Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
Multi-Million Dollar Advocate's Forum
Awarded for success in high-value litigation.
Community Contribution Award
Suncoast Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church
Awarded for service and advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community.
Professional Associations
National College for DUI Defense
Sustaining Life Member
- Current
Manasota Trial Lawyers Board
Treasurer
- Current
National College for DUI Defense
Florida State Delegate
- Current
Activities: Act as Liaison between Florida membership and the Regents and Executive Director of the National College for DUI Defense. Maintain the Florida library of statutes and briefs for the National College for DUI Defense
Manasota Trial Lawyers Board
Member
- Current
Animal Rescue Coalition of Sarasota, Inc.
Board Member
- Current
Activities: Saving the lives of innocent animals by providing neutering services and an Emergency Medical Fund to help injured animals.
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member
- Current
National College for DUI Defense
Member
- Current
Florida State Bar # 77089
Member
- Current
ALSO for Out Youth
Advisory Board Member
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Temple Sinai Reform Congregation
Board member
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Activities: Sarasota's Reform Jewish Congregation
Southwest Florida Business Guild
Board Member
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ALSO for Out Youth
Board Member
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Activities: Organization dedicated to preventing bullying and providing guidance to LGBTQ youth.
Publications
Articles & Publications
The Drinker's Guide to Driving
Bookbaby
Speaking Engagements
Jury Selection: Tips, Tricks and Traps, NCDD Winter Session, Orlando, Florida
National College for DUI Defense
Presentation to 200 assistant public defenders from all over the state of Florida.
Certifications
Board Certified DUI Defense Lawyer
National College for DUI Defense
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Website
DUI Sarasota/DUI Key West
Blog
Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered

Q. How long is probation for a DUI?
A: A simple first-offense DUI cannot result in a period of probation in excess of twelve months, since that is the maximum allowed by the statute [316.193(6)(a)].
Q. I just got my license back after a DUI charge.
A: Unless you have an extraordinarily bad driving record, it is highly unlikely that a judge would suspend your license for a mere 'careless driving' charge. If you were driving more than 30 mph over the speed limit, you could be convicted of Reckless Driving, which could result in a judge suspending your license. However, for a run-of-the-mill accident, that would be unlikely.
Q. Convicted of DUI on 9/11/15. Order of Disqualification states that my license will be disqualified on 11/23/15?
A: If your notice used the word "disqualification," then it refers to your Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Your non-commercial license suspension is referred to as a "revocation," and goes for either six or twelve months from your date of sentencing. Be careful, because a second DUI conviction in a LIFETIME, will result in a lifetime disqualification from you ever holding a CDL again!
Q. Is it true that the cops have to observe you for a certain period of time before making you take a breathalyzer test?
A: Florida requires a 20 minute observation period, to insure that there is no residual alcohol in your mouth which could artificially inflate your apparent blood alcohol. Many agencies give hand-held breath testers to their officers. These do not have the ability to distinguish between breath alcohol and mouth alcohol. These machines are often used to test whether underage drivers are in violation of Florida's "kiddie DUI" law. The results of these tests are not admissible in court.
Q. Will a DUI increase my auto insurance rates?
A: In Florida, car insurance is a buyer's market. You may pay more for insurance after a dui, but you should be able to find it. The real problem is that a DUI conviction requires that you maintain $100,000/$300,000 in liability insurance, which is more than a lot of people have. Normally, Florida doesn't require any bodily injury liability insurance, but merely requires that every driver carry no-fault, or PIP (Personal Injury Protection) Insurance. However, if you're convicted of DUI, the Florida lawmakers have decided that they want to make sure that you are financially responsible (the FR of FR-44 is "financial responsibility.") The FR-44 form is merely a piece of paper which states that you have a non-cancellable insurance policy with at least $100,000 in bodily injury liability limits. The form is cheap ($15) but the insurance is not. That's because, in order to make it non-cancellable, the policy has to be paid for in advance--usually six months at a time. Obviously, that is a financial burden that many people cannot pay. Florida statutes require that anyone convicted of DUI maintain FR-44 insurance for a period of three years from the date that their license revocation ends. Normally, your insurance company will submit the FR-44 form electronically to the Florida Bureau of Financial Responsibility within 15 days of issuing your policy. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will not reinstate your driving privileges until they receive the form by email.
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7780 Westmoreland Dr
at U.S. 41
Sarasota, FL 34243
USA
Telephone: (941) 358-5400
Fax: (941) 358-5477
Key West Satellite Office
422 Fleming Street
Key West, FL 33040
USA
Toll-Free: (888) 957-0500
Telephone: (305) 292-8384
Fax: (941) 358-5477