SCRAM Devices (Alocohol Monitoring Bracelet for DUI Offenders)


SCRAM stands for "Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor". The SCRAM device is a tamper-resistant bracelet that a DUI offender wears around his/her ankle. The SCRAM bracelet tests the DUI offender's sweat for alcohol at least once per hour. The SCRAM bracelet wirelessly transmits the results at least once per day via the SCRAM Modem to a regional monitoring center.

The SCRAM device is an example of "transdermal alcohol testing." Alcohol absorbed in the bloodstream is ultimately eliminated from the body either through metabolism or through excretion (via the breath, urine, sweat and saliva). About 1% of the ingested alcohol escapes the body through "insensible perspiration," an imperceptible ethanol vapor that passes through the skin.

In other words, a person "sweats out" a small portion of the alcohol that he/she consumes. The SCRAM bracelet / anklet detect this alcohol and report it automatically to a monitoring center.

Judges in DUI cases may order a defendant to refrain from alcohol, or risk going to jail. The judge may then order the person to wear the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM Device) as a means of verifying compliance with this order. If the DUI defendant removes the SCRAM bracelet or consumes alcohol, the regional monitoring center will notify the court. A judge can require a DUI defendant to wear the SCRAM bracelet/ anklet for any period of time, from 30 days to more than a year. This usually depends on the seriousness of the present DUI offense, the number of prior DUI offenses, and the extent of the person's alcohol problem.


Who pays for the SCRAM Program?

Generally, the DUI offender ordered to participate in the SCRAM program pays for it himself/herself. But the court system may absorb part of the cost in the case of an indigent DUI defendant. An offender can work, go to school or do any other activities they could have done prior to wearing the Scram device. He/she just cannot drink alcohol. Contact the Lee Law Group for any question you may have on the SCRAM device and program.

DUI program providers must be licensed by the State of California. Licensed providers conduct only in-person programs because DUI classes offered via the internet do not meet California's DUI Program requirements.

There are nearly 500 licensed DUI programs in California, administered by over 250 service providers. In California, these classes are licensed by the Department of Health Care Services.

Click here for a directory of available licensed program providers in California

Most programs will not allow you to enroll unless you have an order from the court or a license suspension notice from the DMV.

Successful completion of a DUI program is usually also a requirement of any probation and, or a term of your sentence. Therefore, it is important to complete your class requirement to put the DUI behind you and gain closure. If you do not complete a court-ordered DUI school, the DMV will revoke your restricted license, or is applicable your prior license suspension or revocation will be reinstated. This can lead to a probation violation, a new driving on a suspended license charge and, or causing you to be sentenced to jail.

Therefore, it is very important for you to successfully complete any court assigned DUI school program.


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