A SCRAM bracelet may be issued to someone who has been convicted of drunk driving in Kentucky or other states. The bracelet looks for any signs of alcohol in the offender's sweat, and it can be used in place of in-person testing for those who have been released on parole. It may also be used on repeat offenders or others who have been ordered to not drink alcohol by a judge.
The device works by taking a reading once per hour. In addition to looking for the presence of alcohol, it can also detect whether the device has been tampered with. After collecting relevant data, it is sent to a central monitoring station. If a person has consumed alcohol or tinkered with the bracelet, police or other authorities will be contacted. Depending on the severity of an individual's conduct, it may be considered a probation or parole violation.
It is possible for a defendant to show that the results displayed by the bracelet are incorrect. This could be done with expert testimony or by a witness who can confirm that a person complied with an order to not drink alcohol. As a general rule, the person wearing the bracelet is required to purchase it and pay monthly monitoring fees.
A conviction on a DUI charge may result in the need to wear a SCRAM bracelet or have an ignition interlock device installed in a vehicle. It may also result in a fine and jail time. An attorney may be able to create multiple defenses to a DUI charge to avoid some or all of those penalties. For instance, it may be possible to challenge police testimony or the results of a blood or urine test used to charge a person with DUI.