If you are arrested for driving while intoxicated in Central Florida Orlando, it is very important that you seek the help of a qualified Orlando Criminal Law Attorney or Orlando DUI Lawyer.
Those convicted can face extreme fines and prison sentences, even if no accident occurs and no one is injured as a result. And the fines don’t even come close to covering the cost on our justice system or prison system of handling the thousands of arrests each year.
Now, new technology is offering an alternative to the standard jail time for those convicted of driving under the influence. One that could cure the root problem and save taxpayers money.
The intention of criminal punishment usually varies between deterrent for would-be criminals, retribution for victims, family and society and rehabilitation for criminals to prevent further crimes.
However, studies have shown that while people crave retribution, rehabilitation often has stronger, longer lasting results.
In the case of crimes involving driving while intoxicated, measures to cure convicts of the root drinking problem can have a greater effect than reactive punishment after a crime has been committed. This is especially true in the case of victimless crimes where no one was hurt in connection with the DUI.
For these specific cases, many courts are turning to an ankle-worn alcohol monitoring device for those convicted of DUI. The device, called SCRAM, is worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to monitor a subjects alcohol use through their skin.
Every 30 minutes, the device sends the alcohol data to an information center via modem, which can track the subjects habits and report to authorities if necessary. According to the company, those required to wear the device are considerably less likely to be arrested for another DUI than offenders who do not.
The SCRAM devices are now used in 48 states and claim they have monitored more than 180,000 clients so far. Many of those allowed to participate in the program claim it helped them avoid alcohol altogether, rather than just dodging another arrest.
Unfortunately, many courts are still apprehensive to order the devices as an alternative to prison sentences, which has led to the greatest prison overcrowding problems to date.