SCRAM Bracelets For Multiple DUI Convictions

Colorado Springs DUI Attorney

In cases of arrest for DUI after two earlier convictions (multiple DUI), specific bond conditions apply. In order to obtain bail and be released from jail you will only be allowed to drive with the use of an ignition interlock device. You will also be ordered by the court to abstain from using any alcohol or drugs, must undergo testing to confirm this and be enrolled in a substance abuse treatment program. Finally, you are required to participate in electronic monitoring, done through the Secure, Continuous, Remote Alcohol Monitoring or SCRAM bracelet.

These conditions are the result of a new Colorado law which went into effect in 2001 that states, in part, "The court shall order that the defendant abstain from the use of alcohol or the illegal use of drugs and such abstinence shall be monitored." There is a method, however, that a proven Colorado Springs DUI lawyer may use to relieve you of the imposition of any of these conditions.

For 15 years, The Samuelson Law Firm has successfully assisted those who have been arrested for varied types of DUI offenses, such as first time DUI, felony DUI, DUI with injury, vehicular manslaughter, hit and run and others. In the case of SCRAM bracelets, a motion can be filed with the court based on specific factors, so that you do not have to submit to wearing this device.

What Is A Secure, Continuous, Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) Bracelet?

The SCRAM bracelet, manufactured right here in Colorado, is intended to measure any alcohol that is exuded from the skin. It detects attempts to tamper with it and any indications of alcohol consumption but there are serious problems that have come to light with its use. Some of the devices have been triggered by substances other than ethyl alcohol, as found in alcoholic drinks. In one Michigan case the judge ruled that the device was not, in fact, reliable. There is also scientific question as to the reliability of detecting alcohol through the skin.

The intention of SCRAM bracelets is not simply to punish someone that may have made a simple mistake. Rather, judges consider those who may be at high-risk for being a repeat DUI offender or that may have an alcohol addiction candidates for these bracelets since the offender is unable to consume any alcohol, regardless of whether or not they may be driving.

If a SCRAM bracelet is ordered, the person wearing the bracelet will be responsible for the purchase of the bracelet itself and the monthly cost of monitoring thee device. However, while this can be a viable option, being accused of alcohol consumption whilst using this device can find you facing a violation of your parole, which can lead to jail time.

The Samuelson Law Firm Stands Strongly With You

Making the decision to fight a SCRAM bracelet will not be easy, which is why you need an aggressive attorney on your side. I cannot state that the court will grant my motion for relief from special bond conditions, but when I take on your case all my actions are done as though the case was against me personally. I do all possible, therefore, to bring about a favorable outcome to the charges.

Contact a Colorado Springs DUI attorney to understand how your rights may be defended against the use of electronic monitoring in a DUI case.