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Use of SCRAM Bracelet Alcohol Monitoring Devices in California

More and more law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles and throughout California are beginning to use a new high-tech SCRAM bracelet alcohol monitoring tool that helps them track the alcohol consumption of previous offenders, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; particularly repeat drunk drivers.

The device, which works much like the ankle bracelets worn by offenders under house arrest, is called SCRAM – Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor. It reads the blood alcohol content of the person wearing it every hour and reports those readings to law enforcement agencies.

When offenders are put on probation in DUI cases, many judges require the use of a SCRAM bracelet alcohol monitor. If you are accused of a DUI offense, an experienced attorney can help you avoid going to jail by convincing the court to permit the use of a SCRAM bracelet, along with other terms and conditions, as an alternative to jail time.

Continuous SCRAM Bracelet Alcohol Monitoring and House Arrest

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A SCRAM bracelet alcohol monitor is often a better alternative to jail time in DUI cases.

While blood and breath tests only measure sobriety at a specific point in time, SCRAM bracelet devices sample the offender’s sweat every half hour. This gives law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles and throughout California complete 24/7 coverage, rather than just an incidental test of offenders when they are on their best behavior. Some of the features of SCRAM device monitoring are as follows:

  • Transdermal technology – SCRAM bracelet checks for alcohol consumption by detecting and measuring any ethanol that is present in your skin’s insensible perspiration. This process measures the alcohol that comes off the skin around your ankle and, unlike blood tests or other methods, is completely non-invasive to you.


  • Continuous monitoring – the device automatically tests for alcohol consumption around the clock. You will notice a slight vibration while the bracelet takes a reading, but otherwise the monitoring process is transparent and minimally disruptive to your daily activities.


  • Tamper alerts – In addition to testing for consumed alcohol, a SCRAM bracelet also detects any attempts to tamper with, obstruct, or remove the bracelet and reports those to your supervising agency.


  • House arrest – If you are also ordered on house arrest, this device continually checks for your presence in or absence from your home.


  • Ongoing analysis – a SCRAM bracelet stores your test results and, through the base station, will electronically transmit them to your assigned agent on a pre-determined schedule


Alcohol Monitoring and house arrest in Los Angeles and throughout California can be combined together in one device. The integrated benefits of a SCRAM bracelet allows probation officers to:

  • Heighten accountability by detecting both alcohol consumption and an offender’s presence in the home;
  • Flexibly supervise offenders based on current behavior;
  • Allow those offenders who are not a threat to the community when sober to earn jail credit for time served while being continuously monitored

Why hire Wallin & Klarich if accused of a crime that qualifies for Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM)?

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Our attorneys at Wallin and Klarich have years of experience in DUI cases and can help you receive alternative sentencing such as a SCRAM bracelet to avoid jail time.

If you have been charged with an alcohol-related offense in Los Angeles, or if you have a history of alcohol abuse, you may qualify for Alcohol Monitoring as an alternative to serving a jail sentence, or as a condition of your probation. At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have over 30 years of experience in handling crimes involving alcohol monitoring. With offices in Tustin, Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Temecula and Victorville, Wallin & Klarich has successfully represented clients who have been charged with crimes where alcohol monitoring is an option or required by the court. We have over 30 years of experience in making sure that our clients are treated fairly under the law and that they receive the best legal representation through every step of the process.  We will help guide you through all of your options and help you to achieve the best result possible.

Contact us at (877) 4-NO-JAIL (877-466-5245) for a free telephone consultation.

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