Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, typically known as a DUI, is not the only alcohol-related traffic charge you could face. You may have heard of Georgia’s open-container law but may not understand how it works. If you are pulled over while driving under the influence, you could be charged with an additional misdemeanor if you have an open container of alcohol in your car. If you are accused of such a crime, make sure you have an experienced representative on your side.
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Under Georgia law, if you have an open container of alcohol anywhere in your car, you are committing a misdemeanor. Both the consumption and possession of an open alcoholic beverage are prohibited. Even if you haven’t taken a sip of the drink, an alcohol-containing container with a broken seal is illegal. You could also be arrested for having an open container in the passenger area of the vehicle or in an unlocked glove compartment.
Penalties all depend on where you live. In Atlanta, for example, you could receive a citation and a fine. The maximum is usually around $250, but if you are under the age of 21 when accused of this violation, you could get 6 months in jail and a maximum $1000 fine. This misdemeanor is sometimes directly related to DUI charges or underage DUI charges. In addition to the penalties you could face with a DUI, the sentence for this charge could be potentially life-changing.
Make sure you contact a skilled Atlanta criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. You don’t want an open-container violation to be tacked on to a potential DUI. Our attorneys are highly rated and trained to assist you with negotiations, research, and investigation, as well as motions and pre-trial motions. We also believe that everyone should be able to afford excellent legal representation. There are a small number of individuals who can easily afford to a have a lawyer on call at all times; the rest of us don’t have that luxury. Let us help you defend your rights and your freedom.
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