A SCRAM device or a Secure Continuous
Remote Alcohol Monitor is an electronic device that allows courts to monitor
your alcohol intake continually without requiring you to undergo testing. The
SCRAM devices also contain a sensor that can detect any attempts you make to
tamper with the device and transmits the information to law enforcement
If you are ordered to wear a SCRAM device,
the provider will fit you with a tamperproof ankle bracelet consisting of two
boxes. One box measures your blood alcohol content (BAC), while the other box
stores the data and transmits it to the law enforcement personnel who must
monitor your alcohol intake. BAC measurements occur every hour when you are
wearing a SCRAM device. If the device detects any alcohol in your system, it
then will measure your BAC every 30 minutes.
SCRAM devices are susceptible to errors,
as they measure BAC through the alcohol content of perspiration emitted through
the skin. As a result, SCRAM measurements may be less reliable than blood tests
to measure BAC.
Courts can order you to wear a SCRAM
device if you are released from jail on bond while awaiting criminal charges.
SCRAM devices also may be a condition of your probation following a criminal
conviction. In some cases, courts order individuals to wear SCRAM devices
instead of serving time in jail. Courts typically use SCRAM devices when you
are charged with or have been convicted of an alcohol-related criminal offense.
Wearing a SCRAM device can be costly when you must wear it for a lengthy period. You typically must pay a refundable deposit, a one-time fitting fee, and a weekly maintenance fee. In most cases, you must pay all these fees up front.
Peek & Toland dedicates a large part of its practice to assisting individuals in resolving their criminal charges. We know that criminal proceedings can be intimidating and overwhelming for those who are facing potential penalties for criminal charges. We will work with you to achieve the most favorable outcome possible in your situation. Call our office today and set up a consultation with our skilled criminal defense attorneys today.
about the Trump Administration’s new public
charge policy are causing many immigrants to refrain from seeking Medicaid
coverage for their children out of fear of deportation. The rule is facing
multiple legal challenges nationwide and although it was scheduled to go into effect
on October 16, 2019, at least one federal district judge has issued a
nationwide injunction preventing the rule from going into effect.
the new public charge rule, federal immigration officials will be able to deny
visa and green card applications from immigrants whom they believe could become
a public charge, or primarily dependent on government aid. Officials could
determine that individuals are likely to become public charges based on their
low income, or their prior use of benefits programs such as Medicaid and SNAP
or food assistance.
public charge rule has been in effect since 1882, but historically has been
very vague. In the past, the rule has been applicable only to individuals whose
entire income came from government cash benefits or who needed extensive
medical care and had no insurance coverage.
the new rule refers to various other benefits programs, including health care,
food stamps, cash assistance, and public housing programs. It also increases
the income threshold for applicants to 250% of the federal poverty guidelines.
In response to the public charge rule, immigrants are removing themselves and their children from healthcare and food assistance programs, even if they already have valid visas or green cards. The misinformation about the new policy circulating in immigrant communities is making all immigrants wary of using any government benefits, even if they are entitled to them or usage would not affect their legal immigration status. Immigrant parents with special needs children, for instance, may believe that they must remove their children from Medicaid, even if the public charge rule doesn’t apply to them and their situation.
The immigration lawyers of Peek & Toland have handled the cases of countless individuals who are facing immigration problems. We are here to protect your rights and advocate on your behalf. As a result, we will strive to get the best outcome possible in your case. Call our office today at (512) 474-4445 to set up an appointment with our immigration attorneys.
Under an Obama administration-era
rule, spouses of H-1B visa holders who are applying for legal permanent
residence, or a green card, gained work authorization that generally was
renewable from one year to the next. This rule allowed these spouses, present
visas, to get a job and further their own careers while in the United
States. The ability to obtain work authorization also has been a selling point
to recruit workers to come to the U.S. on H-1B visas; not only can H-1B visa
holders bring their spouses and minor children with them to the U.S., but the
spouses also can work. As a testament to the success of the program, there have
been over 91,000 approved applications for work authorizations for H-4 visa
The Trump administration announced
its intention to revoke the work authorization for spouses of H-1B visa holders
long ago. In February, however, as promised, the Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) submitted a proposed regulation to the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) that would remove work authorization from H-1B visa holder
spouses. Until the rulemaking process is complete, the work authorizations for
these spouses remain in place, but both H-1B visa holders and their spouses remain
in limbo indefinitely, waiting to find out whether a final rule will go into
For some couples, the inability of
the H-1B visa holder’s spouse to work is a deal breaker. In other words, some
couple state that they would not have come to the U.S. if they knew that one of
them would not be able to work. Many individuals also feel like the U.S.
government has unfairly changed the rules in the middle of the game. These
couples are awaiting their green cards and doing everything that they are
supposed to, and now, one of the spouses suddenly cannot work to support the
family or pursue a career. For the many couples that live in large cities that
are known for the high number of tech jobs, the cost of living is high, and may
be unreasonable if both spouses cannot work and contribute to household
Texas immigration lawyers are here to offer you the
experienced legal representation and advice that you need in order to resolve
your immigration law matter. We can act as your guide through the complicated
immigration process to obtain the relief that you are seeking. Call our office
today and learn about the type of assistance we can offer you.
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