Field Sobriety Test

Defending Rhode Island clients against Field Sobriety Tests

Many times when a person is pulled over and the officer is trying to determine whether a motorist is under the influence of alcohol of drugs the officer will conduct field sobriety tests.

Although there are three standardized field sobriety tests that are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration manual (NHTSA Manual), there are others tests that are used.

From the moment a motorist is pulled over an officer is trained to start conducting tests.    These tests start as soon as the officer makes contact with the motorist.  Some examples are:

Our Rhode Island attorney can object to the validity of DUI tests taken at the scene

These tests, even thought they are not standardized, are often used by the officer.   A seasoned DUI attorney will be able to file motions and make objections in order to try to suppress these tests from being testified to at trial. 

There are three standardized field sobriety tests that are approved by NHSTA.   Here are the three tests:


Each of these standardized field sobriety tests have exact guidelines that must be followed by the officer.  Any variation can provided unreliable results.   There are a certain number of clues that the officer looks for.

The Law Offices of Stefanie A. Murphy knows these guidelines and the clues needed and will fight to get these tests suppressed.   Attorney Stefanie Murphy has handled hundreds of DUI cases and will fight to keep out evidence that hurts the case.