Michigan courts routinely order anyone who has been convicted of an alcohol related offense to refrain from the use of alcohol. It is also common for a person just accused of drunk driving, before any conviction, to be ordered not to drink alcohol. In order to enforce these orders the courts utilize several means of alcohol consumption detection.
Typically, courts will order that a defendant must submit to random breath tests at a JAMS location or it will order that a defendant must wear a SCRAM tether that will regularly take a sample of a person’s sweat usually every thirty minutes in order to detect alcohol. The SCRAM tether is invasive and must be worn on the body at all times – so it is not the most practical option. And having to drive to a specific location for testing every day is extremely inconvenient.
SOBELINK on the other hand allows for remote alcohol monitoring and combines the convenience of a Breathalyzer with the ability to not have a device secured to your body.
How does the SOBERLINK work?
The SOBERLINK combines breath alcohol testing technology with a cellular phone that sends breath alcohol test results directly to a cloud-based website for a probation department to review. The device also contains a built in camera that takes a picture of the user during the test for identity verification. This technology allows for more accountability of the user.
How often a user will be required to test will be determined by the court and can be changed as needed. Typically the user will test 2-4 times a day and he or she will receive automated text reminders of when the tests will be required. This reduces anxiety in the user of the fear of missing tests.
In addition, the probation department will receive automated daily, weekly, or monthly reports from the SOBERLINK website. If there are any positive test results the probation department will be notified immediately.
What does the SOBERLINK look like and how much does it cost?
SOBERLINK is also convenient for the user to carry. The device is very similar in size and appearance as the PBT device that officers give a user on the side of the road. Or you could say it’s the size of a typical smart phone.
The SOBERLINK is less expensive than the SCRAM tether and PBT testing sessions at JAMS. The costs are as follows
– A SCRAM tether will cost the user approximately $15.00 per day
– Testing through JAMS will cost approximately $4.00 per test
– SOBERLINK is just under $10.00.
Requesting the use of the SOBERLINK device will appease the court’s testing conditions and offer the user more convenience than the tether or PBT testing. With the SOBERLINK the user can swim, bath, and pass through metal detectors without restrictions. And because the SOBERLINK is a handheld device, users can provide a breath sample without having to travel to another location. Ask your lawyer or probation department about one today.
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