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Alcohol Monitoring Devices Following a DUI

Many people who are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) are ordered to abstain from alcohol during the time they are on bond as well as for the duration of their probationary period. There are a number of methods used to monitor alcohol use, including:

Continuous Alcohol Detecting Devices

While there are a number of different alcohol-detecting anklets and bracelets on the market, one of the most popular is the SCRAM, which stands for "secure continuous remote alcohol monitoring." SCRAM, much like Kleenex, is a brand name.

The SCRAM device, like other similar alcohol-monitoring devices, works by detecting the presence of alcohol through a person's perspiration. Because alcohol is hydrophilic (water-friendly), it travels everywhere that water goes in your body, including your sweat. This means that if you have been drinking, alcohol will be present in your perspiration. As the perspiration migrates to the outside of your body, it will appear on top of your skin, which is being monitored by the device.

Benefits of the SCRAM Device

Although the SCRAM and other similar devices are not typically the first choice for alcohol monitoring, some Michigan courts will order it as a condition of bond and/or probation under certain circumstances. For instance, the SCRAM device can be used to monitor alcohol use if a person has to travel out of state or even out of the country for work.

Penalties for Alcohol Use or Tampering With the Device

If you have been ordered to wear a SCRAM or other alcohol-monitoring device, a positive alcohol screening or an attempt to remove or otherwise tamper with the device will be considered a violation of your bond. The penalties for violating bond can include jail time. If you similarly violate your probation, then penalties can range from increasing overall length of probation to heightened probation conditions and even jail time.

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