Friday, November 27, 2009

A Child Custody Breathalyzer?

The Wisconsin Law Journal reports on a movement to bring the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) bracelet, used in many criminal cases, into family court to provide evidence pertaining to allegations of alcohol abuse.  

Read the full story here.

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I have used the SCRAM device in my courtroom with the consent of the parties and it has been an effective tool to prove or disprove alcohol abuse or allegations of abuse. Most drinkers are keenly aware of the amount of time alcohol can be detected in the blood or urine and can time their drinking so it is almost impossible to detect. The SCRAM device is an efficient and cheap alternative and monitors the person 24/7. I would point out that I have used the device in cases where the alcoholism is admitted or verified by a DUI and a parent claims rehabilitation are questioned by the other parent. In the cases where I have utilized it, it has convinced the parent and guardian that the rehab was a success and eliminated the need for visitation supervision.

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