A Felony Guilty Plea Will Be Vacated if Drunk Driver Completes 90 Day Alcohol Monitoring
According to Silive.com, a woman entered a plea to felony and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. The Brooklyn woman was allegedly driving under the influence with a 7-year-old child in her car. As noted by the news articles, police witnessed the woman crossing “hazard markings on the road.” She then stopped, exited the vehicle and urinated. Police arrested her on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. As part of her sentencing agreement, the woman must wear a SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring device for 90 days.
If she successfully completes the 90-day monitoring program, the court will vacate the felony plea and she would be “sentenced on the misdemeanor conviction to a one-year conditional discharge, fined $500, and her license would be suspended.” In addition to these requirements, she would have to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in order to have her license reinstated and would be required to attend a victim impact panel.
Read the full Silive.com story: “Woman admits to driving drunk in Arrochar with child in SUV.”
A SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring device is worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a given period. The ankle bracelet tests for alcohol consumption through sweat that is excreted on the skin. Failure to comply with alcohol monitoring requirements can be severe. In addition to jail time, a person could face resuspension of their driving privileges and a revocation of their probation. Driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated is a serious offense in most states and could lead to jail time. Many states are beginning to offer alcohol monitoring programs for first-time and multiple drunk driving offenders in an effort to reduce recidivism.