Tom Hudson is one of 3 Board-Certified DUI Defense experts in the entire State of Florida.  He is also on the Faculty of the National College for DUI Defense.  Listen to what he has to say by clicking below.



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A Board-Certified general criminal lawyer is NOT the same as a DUI Specialist.

DUI is a highly specialized field, requiring knowledge of alcohol metabolism, electronic breath testing, field sobriety testing, drug interactions, drivers license regulations and other disciplines not associated with general criminal defense.

Tom Hudson is not certified as a specialist by the Florida Bar, as the State of Florida does not yet recognize DUI Defense as a separate speciality.  He is a member of the Faculty of the National College for DUI Defense.

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Sometimes, you need an specialist.

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(305) 292-8384
Message from DUI Attorney Tom Hudson:

After years of managing the Hudson Law Office websites myself, with varying degrees of artistic and commercial success, it became apparent that the evolution of Web 2.0 was occurring faster than I could keep up.  For that reason, we have enlisted to update our web presence.  Much of the same information can be found on our new website as we have been proud to provide in the past.  We think it's easier to navigate.  The pictures are prettier, too.  So if you have a DUI in Sarasota, Bradenton, or Key West, Florida, please call us so that we can go to work for you.

In addition, the new site features a DUI blog, with information on developing issues in the law of drinking and driving.

If you have any comments about the new site (or the old one), please feel free to contact me at DUIAtty (at)  Please contact us by email or the phones above if we can answer any questions or help you or a family member.  And many thanks to all who have used and recommended our services over the past 18 years in Sarasota, Bradenton and Key West.

Tom Hudson

Here is a link to Tom's recent interview with Susan Nilon on WSRQ Radio about his book, The Drinker's Guide to Driving. (10/9/13)

This is what the local television station had to say when we got the Sarasota County DUI checkpoints invalidated for the second time in 18 months.

An important ruling on a Hudson case-The State can't try to prove marijuana impairment by merely proving the presence of non-impairing marijuana metabolites. (1/11/13)

Recently, we proved that touching the lane line isn't enough to pull someone over.  We did it by showing a video of how the police drive.

When Everyone Else is On Your Back, We're On Your Side.

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You have only 10 days to defend your license from suspension!
  The Drinker's Guide to Driving by Tom Hudson is on sale now at, and all eBook outlets!

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The 7 Secrets of the Intoxilyzer (What the Police Don't Want You to Know).

All About DUI School.  Find out here!

The "3/2 Rule" Beating the Intoxilyzer-(or at least making sure it doesn't beat you.)

The Double Disadvantage of the Female Drinking Driver.

The TRUE COST of a DUI Conviction

Why you should fight your case.

The Scoop on Suspensions

The new Florida law on DUI License Suspensions!


7 Tips to Avoid a Bad DUI Lawyer.




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.

Folder link for finding "my case" Click on the "MY CASE" icon at the left to get the latest information on your case directly from the Clerk of Court, without waiting on the phone!  For information on the various types of court appearances in your DUI case, click here.!

If you are from outside of Florida, we can often get your entire case resolved in absentia, so that you do not even have to return to the state!  Ask us!

Click here for a video on marijuana and DUI.

Click here for a video on picking the right DUI lawyer.

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Sarasota Office

7780 Westmoreland Drive

(At U.S. 41 by the Airport)

Sarasota, Florida 34243


(941) 957-0500

  Key West Satellite Office

422 Fleming St.

Key West, Florida 33040

(305) 292-8384

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Tom Hudson is NHTSA-certified as an Instructor of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, is trained as a Florida Breath Test Operator and as a DRE (Drug Recognition Evaluator). 
Board Certification in DUI Defense

The American Bar Association has accredited the National College for DUI Defense to administer board certification in DUI Defense on a national basis. Tom Hudson is not certified as a specialist by the Florida Bar, as the State of Florida does not yet recognize DUI Defense as a separate speciality.

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. 


Tom Hudson with legendary lawyer F. Lee Bailey, at the Harvard Law School for the 2011 Summer Session of the National College for DUI Defense.
Dr. Wayne Jones
Tom Hudson with Dr. A.W. Jones, one of the pioneers of breath alcohol testing, at the Harvard Law School, for the 2013 Summer Session of the National College for DUI Defense.

What you need to know about DUI suspension of your driver's license in Florida.

We have our own Intoxilyzers, and we pride ourselves on knowing the machine better than the police do! 

Who we are:

Board-Certified in DUI Defense by the National College for DUI Defense. 


NHTSA-Certified Instructor of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Graduate of the Florida Breath Test Operator Course and Certified to operate the Intoxilyzer 5000 and the Intoxilyzer 8000.

Graduate of the NHTSA Drug Recognition Expert Course. (DRE)

Florida Justice Association Member

Florida State Delegate to the National College for DUI Defense


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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