What is a “SCRAM” Bracelet or Alcohol Monitor?

Learn About This Potential Requirement For DUI Offenders

The SCRAM bracelet or an alcohol monitor is an ankle bracelet that is worn by a DUI offender 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and tests sweat for the wearer’s blood alcohol concentration.

Below our DUI attorneys explain when a scram bracelet may be worn as a penalty for a DUI and how much they cost.

What Is The SCRAM Device?

The SCRAM bracelet is used to monitor DUI offenders long-term and is most often used to monitor repeat DUI offenders such as second time dui and third time dui offenders who have been ordered by the court to avoid alcohol as part of their sentence.

scram on ankle

SCRAM stands for

Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor.

How Does The Scram Measure Alcohol?

The bracelet monitors the offender’s alcohol consumption by sampling the offender’s perspiration every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, to test for alcohol consumption1.

scram device alert

Who Is Required To Wear an Alcohol Monitoring Device?

The SCRAM bracelet is worn by DUI offenders to ensure that they do not drink alcohol because they have court-ordered sobriety requirements and alcohol treatment requirements such as DUI school.

How Does The SCRAM Bracelet Conduct Alcohol Alerts?

The company that makes the bracelet, Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc. has a database that analyzes alcohol alerts.

Before an alcohol alert is confirmed, trained data analysts at the company thoroughly investigate the data involved.

man at database

When an alcohol alert is confirmed, the DUI offender’s supervising agent will immediately be notified.

How Much Does The SCRAM Bracelet Cost?

The cost to install the SCRAM system is usually between $50 to $100. Additionally, there is a daily monitoring fee.

Average monitoring fees typically range from:

  • 10-12 per day

Costs will also depend on the income of the defendant. If the defendant is indigent then the court may pay for the system.

Do You Receive Credit For The Time You Wear A SCRAM?

You do not receive credit for the time you wear a scram bracelet since you are not sentenced to confinement under SCRAM.

However, you do receive credit for SCRAMx which is ordered when a defendant is sentenced to house arrest2.

How Long Does a DUI Offender Have To Wear The SCRAM Bracelet?

The time that a DUI offender will have to wear the SCRAM bracelet can vary from 1 month to more than 1 year.

The time generally depends on the seriousness of the offender’s alcohol problem, the seriousness of the DUI offense, and whether the offender is a repeat DUI offender.

What Happens If Your SCRAM Bracelet Is Removed?

If you take off your SCRAM bracelet, the regional monitoring center will immediately be notified. Also, your probation officer and the court will immediately be notified.

This can result in you having a probation violation and harsh sentencing consequences.

Is The SCRAM Bracelet WaterProof?

The scram device is waterproof. However, the company does not recommend that the device be kept in water for a long period of time.

Can You Use Mouthwash When You Wear A Scram Bracelet?

No, You should avoid using mouthwash when you are wearing the SCRAM bracelet because it contains alcohol.

Does The SCRAM Moniter Have GPS?

Scram makes a bracelet that is called Scram GPS which is a GPS bracelet.

scram gps graphic

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  1. See Scram Continuous Alcohol Monitoring: Quick Facts []
  2. California Penal Code 2900.5(a). []

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