Vermont Criminal Defense


DUI Field Sobriety Exercises


Field Sobriety Tests are administered in nearly every case of driving under the influence (DUI) when the suspect is physically capable.  Field sobriety test serve two purposes.  First, they are used by the police to establish probable cause for the arrest on suspicion of DUI.  Second, the results of the test may be used as evidence against you at trial to convict you of DUI.

Police Cruiser DUI

There are a variety of ways to challenge the results of the field sobriety tests.  In each test, the officer is typically looking for a distinct set of “clues” that indicate intoxication.  If you exhibit a threshold number of “clues” on each test, the officer may establish probable cause to make the arrest for suspicion of DUI.  Often in Vermont, a video exists from the officer’s cruiser that records your performance on the field sobriety tests.  At Burke Law, we will obtain that video and review your performance with the officer’s notes to determine whether defenses can be raised in your case.

In Vermont, there is a common set of tests that the officers perform to administer the field sobriety exam.  These tests include:

1. The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) Test

2.  The Walk and Turn Test

3.  The One Leg Stand Test

4.  The Alphabet Test

The attorneys, experts and investigators working for Burke Law, P.C. represent clients who are accused of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs in the criminal courts of Addison County, Bennington County, Caledonia County, Chittenden County, Essex County, Franklin County, Grand Isle County, Lamoille County, Orange County, Orleans County, Rutland County, Washington County, Windham County, and Windsor County.