Police officers conduct field sobriety exercises in order to establish probable cause that an individual is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These standardized exercises created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can be arbitrarily administered and have a wide margin of error. Join attorney Robert Reiff for a discussion of the various techniques available to combat the legitimacy and results of these exercises. Mr. Reiff identifies the importance of recognizing the abnormality of field sobriety exercises and the methods by which police officers incorrectly administer them. He also provides helpful strategies to cross examine arresting officers so as to emphasize the functioning of your client’s mental faculties while minimizing any physical failures. Mr. Reiff concludes with additional preparation tips that will strengthen your case.
I. Identify different field sobriety exercises
II. Summarize the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s guidelines
III. Describe the mental test
IV. Prepare to fight field sobriety exercises
Robert S. Reiff, the author of "Florida DUI Law Practice Guide" (LexisNexis Publishing Company) and “Drunk Driving and Related Vehicular Offenses” , Fifth Edition (Lexis Law Publishing Company), is the founder of the Law Offices of Robert S. Reiff, P.A. Mr. Reiff has more than 35 years of experience representing clients accused of DUI, vehicular fatality, and other criminal offenses. He was the only DUI lawyer named a "Top Lawyer in South Florida" in the 2019 South Florida Legal Guide and the only DUI/DWI lawyer named by “Best Lawyers in Florida” for 2016 and 2018. He was also among just six attorneys selected as Super Lawyers for Florida in the Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI section for 2016. In an era when the presumption of innocence has been eroded by the summary suspension of driving privileges prior to the adjudication of guilt. Continually recognized since 2005, Mr. Reiff has been selected for inclusion in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for 2019.
Though Mr. Reiff brings his winning work ethic to every case, his expertise in the DUI field is nationally recognized; locally, he received the number one rating in an in-depth Miami Herald investigation of the most effective DUI advocates in South Florida in this ever-increasingly complex and enforced area of criminal law. He is the author of "Drunk Driving and Related Vehicular Offenses" (5th Edition) which is published by the LEXIS Law Publishing Company.
Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney.
His courses include:
Mr. Reiff is also a member of the Editorial Board of the prestigious DWI Journal of Law & Science.
EDUCATION: Ithaca College (B.A. cum laude, 1980); Boston University (J.D., 1983) [Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award].
AUTHOR: Drunk Driving and Related Vehicular Defenses" (5th Ed.), LEXIS Law Publishing Company; DWI Journal Editorial Board; LEXIS "On Line" Legal Author/Expert"; "Something Totally Different in DUI Cases," The Florida Defender, Spring 2007; "Field Sobriety Exercises: Designed For Failure?!; The DWI Journal, January 2006; "The Problem With Field Sobriety Exercises", DWI Journal, September 2004; "Playing To Win!", DWI Journal, February 2003; Florida Defender, Spring 2003; "A Few More Thoughts About Field Sobriety Exercises: Strange Threads from a Warped Quilt", DWI Journal, December 1999; "Jury Selection: Teaching the Acquittal Quilt's Patterns to the Jury", DWI Journal, November 1999, "DUI Roadblocks", The Florida Defender, Fall 1998; "Creative Tips that Work", The Champion, Jan./Feb. 1998; "Twenty Top Tips for Defending DWI Cases", DWI Journal, Sept. 1993; "The Creative Handling of DUI/DWI Administrative Hearings", The Champion, Jan./Feb. 1994; DWI Journal, March 1993; "A Random Sampling of Some Unique DUI Defenses", DWI Journal, June 1992; "Handling the DUI Administrative Hearing (Or How to Hop In Kangaroo Court)", Florida Bar Criminal Law Newsletter, January 1992; "Breath Test Refusal Without Blowing Your License", Florida Bar Journal, October 1989; "The Midnight Phone Call: The General Practitioner and the DUI Arrest", Florida Bar General Practice Journal, January 1987; "Failure to Create or Destruction of a Videotape in DUI Cases: Basis for Dismissal or Suppression?", Florida Bar Criminal Law Newsletter, May 1986, Florida Bar General Practice Journal, October 1986, and the Florida Prosecutor, Sept. 1985.
CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR: "DUI and Other Traffic Offenses in Florida", Florida Bar; "Drunk Driving Defense: An Expert's Approach", Professional Education Group, Inc.
Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases, 2012 Ed. (published by the West law Publishing Company, a subsidary of Thomson, Reuters)
LECTURER: Webcast to be given October 17, 2013 for LawreviewCLE: "Life, Death & The DUI Manslaughter Case", Webcast to be given October 17, 2013 for LawreviewCLE: "Cross Examination of the Arresting Officer in a DUI Case", "What Every Lawyer Should Know About DUI Defense" The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, September 19-20, 2013. "Life, Death & Handling the Vehicular Homicide Case", The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami & the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office, October 2012; Cross Examination of the Arresting Officer", The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' "Blood, Breath & Tears Seminar", September 2012; "DUI Update", The Florida Bar's Criminal Law Update Seminar, May 2012.Florida bar's criminal law update seminar in Tampa, Florida on May 17, 2012 for the DUI update. Lecturer for www.lawline.com; Masters of DUI, The Florida Bar, May 2010; "What Does It Take To Be A Winner?"; Criminal Law Update Seminar, The Florida Bar, April 2010; "DUI Update 2010;" "Cross Examination of the Breath Test Operator: "Can't Keep it Out"; The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers "Blood, Breath & Tears XVI Seminar", September 2009; The Iron Chefs of DUI - "Cutting the State's case with a Scalpel and not a Meat Cleaver", The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Miami Chapter, June 2009; "Auditioning for your Freedom: Combating the Use of Field Sobriety Exercises in the DUI Prosecution"; Masters of DUI, The Florida Bar, January 2008; "Field Sobriety Testing: Designed for Failure?"; The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers "Blood, Breath & Tears XIV Seminar", September 2007; "Cross Examination of Breath Test Operators: 'We Don't Need No Stinkin' Breath Here'"; The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers "Blood, Breath & Tears XIII" Seminar, October 2006; "Motions With Movement: Winning Your Case Before You Get To The Jury", The Florida Bar's "Masters of DUI" Seminar, January 2006; "Field Sobriety Testing: Designed For Failure?!", The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers "Blood, Breath & Tears XII" Seminar, September 2005; "The Problem with Field Sobriety Exercises", Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami Winter Ski/Snowboard Seminar, March 2005; "Field Sobriety Tests", National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & National College of DUI Defense's "Presenting a Gold Medal Defense", October 2004; "Inspector Gadget Does DUI Defense", Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's "Blood, Breath & Tears XI" Seminar, September 2004; "Breath Testing: Is It Nothing But A House Of Cards?", Lorman Education Group, May 2004; "Effective DUI Representation in South Florida", the Florida Bar's 2004 "Masters of DUI" Seminar, January 2004; "Cross-Examination of the Arresting Officer in DUI Cases", Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, "Blood, Breath & Tears" Seminar, September 2003; "Secrets of DUI Practice in South Florida", the Florida Bar's 2003 "Masters of DUI" Seminar, January 2003; "Playing To Win!", Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, "Blood, Breath & Tears" Seminar, October 2002 and the Minnesota Society of Criminal Justice, July 2002; "Playing to Win!"; The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - West Palm Beach Chapter, October 2002; "Cross-Examination of the Breath Technician", Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, "Blood, Breath & Tears" Seminar, September 2000; "Something Totally Different in Cross-Examination in DUI Cases," Lorman Education Group, May 2001; "Life, Death and the Defense of The Serious DUI Case", the Florida Bar, January 2000; "Weaving The Trial Theme Into Your DUI Case", Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, "Blood, Breath & Tears" Seminar, October 1999 & Dade County Public Defenders Office, December 1999; "Zen and the Art of DUI Defense: A Non-Mainstream Look At Handling DUI Defense", Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami, December 1998; "Creative Tips that Work", Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, "Blood, Breath & Tears", September, 1997; "DUI Update," Florida Bar, May 1996; Florida Bar, February 1991, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; March 1991; "Something Totally Different in Cross-Examination in DUI Cases", June 1994; "Handling the DUI Administrative Hearing", Lorman Education Group, April 1994; Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, October 1991, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, March 1992; "Cross Examination Techniques in Drunk Driving Cases", Florida Bar, June 1994; South Carolina Bar, October 1987, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, March 1988; "DUI Defense in the 1990's," Florida Bar, October 1992; "Defending the Drunk Driver", Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, March 1990.
MEMBERSHIPS: The Florida Bar (Member, Traffic Rules Committee);Editorial Board of the DWI Journal of Law & Science; National Drunk Driving Task Force; National College of Drunk Driving Defense; Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami. (Vice President, 1995-1996; Secretary, 1992-1993; Board of Directors, 1989 - present); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Fraternal Order of Police, Miami Lodge 20, Criminal Defense Team; President's Cabinet - Miami Children's Hospital Foundation. Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
OTHER: Guest Commentator for CNN and Court TV (The Nancy Grace Show); Producer & Part-Time Host of Cable Television Shows "You Be The Judge" and "Constitutional Controversies" 1990, 1991 & 1998-1999.
Interesting! Hope I’m never in this situation.
Very helpful CLE
Short and sweet -- a solid introduction to tactics for DUI criminal defense.
A good course for something all attorneys should at least know how to handle.
Very good presentation.
Fantastic and thought-provoking.
BEST ONE YET!
Some really good tips in this lecture.
This was an awesome lecture.
Mr. Reiff was excellent and his explanation of the material was very helpful as well as interesting!
loved the content and delivery would recommend the instructor to people who need a dui attorney.
my favorite out of the entire list because he made it fun and informative giving examples of testimony and role playing
Interesting and informative
Great content. Easy to follow. 100% useful information. Even though it was directed for DUI-related defense...many of the evidence, procedural and testimony tips could be useful in other in other types of cases.
This guy is brilliant! I want to memorize all of his information!
I like that this video was tailored to Florida law.
My kind of advocacy-teaching! Love it!
This was a very informative course.
Very to the point and informative.
Excellent presentation. Very helpful.
Very informative! Very good!
Practical. Excellent presentation.
Mr. Reiff is an excellent speaker. I enjoyed this course.
If I ever have to audition for my freedom I'd choose this lawer
Robert S. Reiff was great
this is OUTSTANDING
Excellent lecture on sobriety exercises.
Not my field, but the presenter and what he put forth were really interesting.
Another topnotch program.
one of the best
Robert Reiff is the Best DUI Attorney
Very informative, particularly if you have never been involved in a DUI case.
I really enjoyed is presentation. Very well prepared.
Great presentation. He knows DUIs!
Above average speaker and content.
The law with the experience
Excellent course. The best course I have taken to date. Very informative and interesting.
Excellent speaker and program!!!