North Carolina Use Of Alcohol Monitoring Bracelets Continues To Increase

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Continuous alcohol monitoring (CAM) devices have been used in North Carolina since 2005. The more common CAM devices are the utilized in cars, only allowing the automibile to start after the driver passes an installed breathalyzer such as the Monitech device. However, in light of new legislation such as "Laura's Law" and The Justice Reinvestment Act, which take effect January 1, 2012, CAM devices are becoming more widely used.

In particular, a less commonly known CAM device has become increasingly popular and available to criminal Defendants. Ankle alcohol monitoring devices, which are also known as Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) bracelets, use infrared technology to ensure that it the device remains attached to a human body and has not been tampered with. Since the body passes a small percentage of consumed alcohol through perspiration, the device uses an electro chemical fuel cell to measure the number of alcohol molecules that are produced through the sweat glands. The data is then sent to a computer, which reports how much alcohol has been consumed and how recently it was consumed.

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Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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