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Challenging SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitor Evidence as Unreliable and Insufficient

Clients charged with DUIs often take “SCRAM pleas” in which they promise, as a condition of release, not to drink alcohol and to wear the SCRAM bracelet to prove it. These individuals sometimes insist they did not drink even though the SCRAM monitor says they did. Juliana DeVries explains why there is reason to believe these clients. Based on publicly available information, it appears that water, atmospheric alcoholic compounds, and temperature can interfere with the SCRAM bracelet’s ethanol reading.