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Field Sobriety Testing in Virginia DUI Cases

Field sobriety tests are a mixture of physical and mental roadside tests that police ask drivers to perform to demonstrate sobriety. They are used to determine if there is probable cause for a DUI arrest.


If you are arrested for DUI, the best thing you can do is to hire an experienced Richmond DUI lawyer to represent you as soon as possible after your arrest. Vaughan C. Jones, Attorney at Law, has successfully represented hundreds of clients in a wide range of criminal cases. He treats every DUI case with the priority it deserves. He will thoroughly review your case and make every effort to get the charges dismissed or reduced, or to win at trial. The firm has the skill and experience with DUI cases to aggressively fight for the best possible outcome in your case.

Failed a field sobriety test in Virginia? Contact us today to discuss your case.

Can I Refuse a Field Sobriety Test in VA?

You are not required to submit to field sobriety testing. However, you are legally required to submit to a chemical (breath or blood) test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC), and refusal will result in suspension of your driver's license.

Virginia Field Sobriety Test types

There are typically three tests administered in the city of Richmond to determine the impairment of drivers:

  • One-Leg Stand Test
  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test
  • Walk-and-Turn Test

What Do I Do if I Failed the Field Sobriety Test in Virginia?

Field sobriety tests are highly subjective, and whether you passed or failed is a matter of the officer's opinion. You are not automatically guilty of DUI if you failed the field sobriety tests. In fact, it is easy to fail, even for someone who is perfectly sober.

For example, with the Standing on One Leg Test, you will be asked to get out of your car and stand on one leg while the officer observes your balance. Not everyone has a good sense of balance to begin with. The ground may be uneven, or you may be so nervous it is impossible. If your balance is less than perfect, it does not necessarily indicate intoxication.

Defense for Failed FST in Richmond, VA

It is essential that you talk with a seasoned Richmond field sobriety test lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest. DUI penalties are too severe to trust your case to an inexperienced lawyer. Attorney Jones is a former prosecutor with a thorough knowledge of both sides of the courtroom. He has a long list of successful case results and extensive experience in DUI defense.

Contact the firm for a Richmond field sobriety test attorney you can trust to fight your DUI charges.

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