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Why people wear SCRAM bracelets

Washington residents who are convicted on a drunk driving charge may have to wear a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) bracelet. Typically, they are reserved for those who are on probation, parole or have otherwise been released early. This may be used instead of an ignition interlock device in a vehicle. The main benefit is that it may be possible to monitor a person's blood alcohol content remotely.

The bracelet will measure the amount of alcohol in a person's sweat once per hour. Those results are then sent to a regional computer, and it will notify the authorities if there is alcohol present or if the bracelet has been tampered with. If an individual has tampered with a bracelet or otherwise run afoul of SCRAM rules, it may be seen as a parole or probation violation.

However, it is possible to challenge the results that the bracelet has sent to authorities. In some cases, defendants have used either expert witnesses or those who witnessed a person's behavior when the false positive was sent. If it is determined that an individual was not likely drinking alcohol, a judge may decide to disregard the results. In such a scenario, a defendant is unlikely to face any additional consequences.

Driving under the influence of alcohol could result in many legal, personal and professional penalties. From a legal perspective, an individual who is charged with DUI may spend time in jail or be ordered to pay a fine. It is also possible that an individual convicted of DUI has to wear a SCRAM bracelet or submit to other testing. An attorney may be able to cast doubt on physical evidence or witness testimony in an effort to combat the DUI charge.

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