Open Alcohol Container Law
Penalty for Open Alcohol Container in Car
In the state of Michigan, the open alcohol container law states that it is illegal to transport an open alcohol container or other intoxicant in the cabin of a motor vehicle. Designed to deter people from drinking and driving, state law dictates that all open alcohol containers must be stored in a locked glove compartment or trunk of a vehicle where they cannot be easily accessed. Oftentimes, this charge can worsen an already serious DUI situation. A conviction of this type of crime can carry serious consequences, exposing a person to the possibility of jail time and expensive fines. If you have been charged with an infringement of the open alcohol container law while transporting an open alcohol container, it is vital that you contact an aggressive Royal Oak DUI attorney from Rasor Law Firm as soon as possible to protect your interests.
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Consequences for Open Alcohol Container Law Charges
Any bottle, can, jar, cup, or flask with a broken seal that contains alcohol is considered an open alcohol container. Possessing an open container in a vehicle can result in misdemeanor charges and most often goes hand-in-hand with a simultaneous driving under the influence (DUI) charge. A person can face a multitude of serious penalties for an open container conviction.
Penalties can include:
- Up to 90 days in jail
- Fines up to $500
- Community service
- License suspension
A conviction of this type of offense is a serious matter and can have a lasting impact on a person’s employment options and reputation. In many cases, employers have been known to rule out potential job candidates with criminal convictions on their record, making it challenging for offenders to move forward. If you have been charged with transporting an open alcohol container, it is vital you consult with our firm as soon as possible to reduce your likelihood of serving these consequences.
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At Rasor Law Firm, we understand that good people can sometimes find themselves in difficult situations. If you are currently facing charges of this nature, our Oakland County criminal defense attorneys can provide the powerful advocacy you need to help you get through this difficult time and maximize your chances of securing a desirable outcome for your situation. Having been awarded a 2012 and 2013 Super Lawyers® Rising Stars™ distinction for our aggressive advocacy, we have the skills and passion you need to give you the edge in the courtroom.
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