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Alternative to Jail for DUI
What it is?
It is a secure continuous remote alcohol monitoring device that provides an alternative to sentencing for DUI offenders on probation.
Who qualifies for the SCRAM program?
Repeat DUI offenders or defendants with severe alcohol abuse problems who are on probation.
How does the SCRAM program work?
When a defendant is convicted for driving under the influence, the defendant is then placed on probation and prohibited from consuming alcohol as a condition of his or her probation. The court will then order the defendant to wear a fixed SCRAM device on his or her ankle in compliance with the defendant’s probation conditions in order to monitor the offender’s alcohol usage during the period of probation. The SCRAM device contains a sensory mechanism that detects and measures alcohol present in the defendant’s sweat at least once per hour every day. The SCRAM device periodically sends reports about the defendant’s alcohol intake through a modem installed in the defendant’s residence to a web application where it can be reviewed online by the regional monitoring center. If the SCRAM device detects any presence of alcohol or is tampered with, the SCRAM device will wirelessly transmit an alert and the regional monitoring center will immediately contact the defendant’s probation officer.
How long is a defendant required to wear the device?
A defendant must wear the SCRAM device on his or her ankle 24 hours a day for a minimum of 30 days and up to as long as the court orders.
What is the purpose behind SCRAM?
Scram is an alternative sentencing option that is intended to rehabilitate the offender through constant monitoring of their alcohol abstinence.
Who monitors the defendant’s SCRAM device?
The regional monitoring center receives the data transmitted from the SCRAM device and monitors the defendant’s reports. If the SCRAM device detects any presence of alcohol or is tampered with, the regional monitoring center will immediately contact the defendant’s probation officer.
What are the benefits of using SCRAM?
The SCRAM device is effective because it provides the probation officer with time-stamped, date-stamped, recorded data stored in a memory chip within the SCRAM device reporting the defendant’s alcohol intake.
The Scram device is beneficial for the defendant because it saves the defendant the burden of having to frequently check- in in person to test for alcohol use as part of his or her probation.
If you have any questions about an alternative to jail for DUI cases in San Diego, contact San Diego Criminal & DUI Defense Attorney Vik Monder at 619-405-0063 or visit San Diego Top DUI Attorney