If you’ve had
multiple DUIs in California, the judge may order that you use the SCRAM device, otherwise
known as the SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring™ device. The SCRAM
device is an ankle bracelet that combines optional house arrest monitoring
with 24/7 transdermal alcohol testing.
The SCRAM bracelet was specifically designed for high-risk, repeat
DUI offenders. The SCRAM system is the most widely used and trusted device
on the market today, and is used by law enforcement agencies worldwide.
Benefits of a SCRAM device:
- Achieves 99.3% compliance each day
- Tests for alcohol every 30 minutes 24 hours a day
- There are no backup tests required
- It’s continuous testing doesn’t allow the offender to drink
around test schedules
- Goes wherever the offender goes
- It’s most effective for offenders who are addicted to alcohol
- Works well with treatment
- Better identifies when intervention is necessary
Am I a candidate for a SCRAM device?
SCRAM devices are court-ordered for “hardcore drunk drivers”
– a term established by the Century Council to identify repeat,
high BAC, alcohol-dependent drivers.
Characteristics of a hardcore drunk driver:
- Multiple DUI arrests and convictions
- High BAC (.15% or above) at the time of arrest
- Has a history of alcohol abuse
- Believes they can drive safely with a high BAC
In DUI cases, it is not uncommon for judges to order the DUI defendant
to abstain from alcohol, otherwise risk going to jail. Occasionally, the
judge will order that the defendant wears a SCRAM device in order to ensure
compliance with their order.
Judges only order the SCRAM device when the defendant has prior DUIs, and
a serious drinking problem. You could be ordered to wear the device for
30 days, or for over a year. The timeframe depends on the seriousness
of your DUI offense, how many prior DUIs you have, and the severity of
your drinking problem.
If you are ordered to wear a SCRAM device and you consume alcohol, tamper
with, or remove the bracelet, the regional monitoring center will inform
Are you a repeat DUI offender in Orange County and concerned that the court
may order a SCRAM device? If so,
contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to discuss your charges in
a free case evaluation!