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Miranda Warnings

We often speak of Miranda warnings, but it’s a bit tricky to understand what they are and what they protect. What does Miranda protect in Vermont criminal defense? Miranda warnings…

DUI & Standard Field Sobriety Tests

Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) are generally conducted roadside during a Vermont DUI investigation. Most DUI investigations begin with a motor vehicle stop based on reasonable suspicion of criminal activity…

What is a Plea Offer?

A plea offer or plea deal is an agreement by the prosecutor in a criminal case to resolve a defendant’s case for a specific reduced charge, punishment or fine that…

Vermont Civil DUI: Notice of Intent to Suspend

The Notice of Intent to Suspend is a critical document in Vermont civil DUI practice. Vermont civil DUI law requires a driver issued a Notice of Intent to Suspend complete…

What is a preliminary breath test?

A preliminary breath test (pbt) is a handheld breath alcohol testing device used by law enforcement in Vermont. Preliminary breath tests are part of the battery of standard field sobriety…

Home Detention

Home detention is a pretrial option that allows a defendant awaiting trial to be in the custody of the Department of Corrections but living at home. Pursuant to Vermont statute…
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