One sentencing alternative for California DUI offenders is the “SCRAM bracelet.” It stands for Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor. It is a high-tech, tamper-resistant ankle “bracelet” that monitors alcohol vapor released from the skin through perspiration. In other words, it knows when you’re drinking. The bracelet regularly monitors its wearer for alcohol consumption and sends results to monitoring authorities. Convicted DWI offenders who’ve been told by the court to stay away from alcohol – or go to jail – may be ordered by the court to wear a SCRAM bracelet. In Orange County, if you’re arrested for DUI, contact an experienced Orange County DWI defense lawyer as quickly as possible.

North Dakota has one of the highest rates of alcohol misuse. Alcohol is involved in 58 percent of the state’s fatal traffic accidents. In 2013, North Dakota lawmakers expanded the use of the SCRAM bracelet to include pretrial offenders. DWI suspects who are awaiting trial or currently on trial are monitored as well as convicted offenders. The North Dakota Attorney General touts the program’s success, reporting that 98 percent of participants complete the program with no violations and no drinking events.

In California, offenders must pay for their own SCRAM bracelets. It may sound like Big Brother watching you, but North Dakota’s success with expanded usage of SCRAM bracelets will make the idea appealing to lawmakers in other states in the years ahead. If you are charged with DUI in Orange County, contact an experienced DWI defense attorney immediately. Sporting a SCRAM bracelet might be better than going to jail, but if there’s any way for you to avoid a conviction – any flaw in the state’s case against you – a good DWI attorney will find that flaw and exploit it on your behalf. In Orange County, if you are charged with DUI now or in the future, arrange at once to speak with an experienced Orange County DWI defense lawyer.