Field Sobriety Exercises are tests the police give to people after they are pulled over for DUI – Driving Under the Influence (also referred to as DWI or drunk driving). They are supposed to evaluate whether or not someone is impaired. The approved exercises in Florida are the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, the Walk and Turn, the One Leg Stand, the Rhomberg Alphabet, and the Finger to Nose.
If you are ever pulled over for DUI, you are probably hearing the instructions, as well as performing the tests, for the first time. Being asked to get out of your car by a police officer, let alone under investigation for a crime, is a scary experience. You are then taken to a location with a flat surface to perform abnormal exercises to test your “normal” faculties.
Jacksonville police are trained extensively on how to perform these tests. They do these exercises over and over again to get them down perfectly. They take classes such as DUI Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Workshop for Prosecutors and Law Enforcement, In-Car Video User Training for DUI Enforcement and Prosecution, Sobriety Checkpoint Operations, and Symposium on Alcohol and Drug Impaired Driving Enforcement. These classes are offered at the Institute of Police Technology and Management administered by the University of North Florida.
If you have any DUI questions, please contact our Jacksonville DUI Criminal Defense Attorneys at (904) 634-0900.