Can An Open Container Have Serious Consequences?
Open container laws typically apply to all of the vehicle inhabitants. However, there are situational exceptions. For example, individuals in the passenger area of a motor vehicle designed to be used primarily for transportation of persons (such as limousines or buses) might not face the same penalties as a driver. Some states offer very limited exceptions while some states offer no exceptions at all. It is crucial to learn as much information about your state’s laws as possible.
At Dusek Law, we understand the devastating impact a violation can have on your criminal record and your driving privileges. People might not consider an open container violation a serious criminal offense. Unfortunately, these violations can quickly add up and lead to severe consequences.
- North Dakota penalties: Violation of an open container law can result in a $50 fine. Additionally, if the individual was actually driving the vehicle, he or she might have the violation added to his or her driving record.
- Minnesota penalties: In Minnesota, violation of an open container law can result in up to $1,000 in fines and up to 90 days imprisonment or both.
No matter the specifics of your case, it is wise to seek the counsel of a skilled defense lawyer. We will take a thorough look at your violation and provide honest answers and legal guidance tailored specifically to your needs. If you receive a ticket, do not pay it until you speak with a lawyer.