DUI Offenders and SCRAM Bracelets

scram-ankle-braceletsA SCRAM bracelet is a wireless device that tests vapors from the body and transmits the results to a monitoring agency to ensure the user is not consuming alcohol. SCRAM, which stands for Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor, is designed to utilize a technology called transdermal alcohol testing which takes a sample from the users sweat to determine what percentage, if any, alcohol content is in the bloodstream. This unique device utilizes the body’s natural method of excretion, or eliminating alcohol from the body, in this case through sweat.

Who Wears & Pays for A SCRAM Bracelet?

Any DUI offender may be required to wear a SCRAM bracelet in conjunction with their probation, such as home confinement.

The anklet tests the user throughout the day, as many as a couple times an hour if necessary. The results are then sent to an agency that monitors the activity and alerts authorities if any alcohol has been detected or if the bracelet has been tampered with in any way.

When an individual is required to wear a SCRAM anklet, he or she will also be required to pay for it themselves. However, if the defendant is diligent and sticks to the rules of the program, it is not uncommon for the court to appeal the costs of the device.

SCRAM Bracelet – How Long & Where Can It Be Worn?

A judge may determine that a DUI offender wear a SCRAM bracelet for a period of time to ensure the offender is not disobeying the law. Typically, users are required to wear the anklet for a minimum of 30 days to up to one full year. The length of time is usually determined by the severity of the DUI offense, the number of DUIs received and whether the user may or may not have a problem with alcohol use.

Once a user is equipped with a SCRAM bracelet, he or she may go where ever they please. Unless specified by a probation officer, the SCRAM bracelet does not limit the whereabouts of the user as it is not a form of house arrest.