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Is SCRAM an alternative to Probation for DWI's in Rochester?
SCRAM bracelets are being embraced by courts as a cost-effective alternative to incarceration, and sometimes probation.
"SCRAM" is the brand name of a continuous alcohol monitoring anklet. Every 30 minutes it tests the sweat on your skin for any sign of alcohol, and then it makes a report to a monitoring agency. Compared to sentencing a DWI offender to Probation for in-person monitoring, a SCRAM anklet is a less expensive and more effective alternative for enforcing a "no alcohol" term of a conditional discharge.
Requiring a repeat DWI offender to wear a SCRAM anklet makes a lot of sense when the person has already received a drug and alcohol evaluation from an agency certified by the NYS Office for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, and when that evaluation came back as "no treatment recommended." It sounds strange that this might occur with a repeat DWI offender, but it happens. Part of the attractiveness of treatment is that it typically takes place over time, and it serves as a monitoring tool to make sure a person doesn't begin using drugs or alcohol again. If that treatment isn't happening, and if the problem drug is alcohol (which doesn't stay in your system for very long), a SCRAM anklet can provide constant monitoring in a way that the Probation Department cannot, and it also costs the county nothing, because the defendant is required to pay the costs.
If you are facing a DWI charge in Rochester or one of the surrounding counties, contact us at The Militello Law Firm for a free telephone consultation and case evaluation. Our phone number is (585) 485-0025.