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Continuous alcohol monitoring is possible in New York

For some people who are facing drunk driving charges in New York, the use of the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring system might be brought up. This system is more commonly known as the SCRAM bracelet, which is used to detect the presence of alcohol in a person's sweat.

The SCRAM bracelet is attached to a person's ankle. The bracelet is sometimes used as an alternative to frequent check-ins with the probation office or court system since the bracelet is never taken off and monitors the person who is wearing it around-the-clock.

The bracelet is very sensitive and can detect very small amounts of alcohol. Generally, the bracelet does one test per hour to check for alcohol in the sweat. The results are sent to the appropriate monitoring center either through a download or through a modem in the bracelet.

SCRAM bracelets are often used when the person who is facing the charges has been ordered to avoid alcohol completely. Unlike an ignition interlock, the person can't pick and choose when a SCRAM bracelet will test for alcohol. With the interlock, the person can choose to consume alcohol but simply decide not to drive the vehicle.

There is a chance that a person who has on a SCRAM bracelet will end up facing probation violation charges if the bracelet detects alcohol. Fighting that, as well as fighting against the original drunk driving charge, requires that a person understands the current laws as they apply to the case at hand. Getting any questions answered can help a defendant to understand his or her rights in a case like this.

Source: FindLaw, "SCRAM Bracelets," accessed Jan. 21, 2016

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