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Open Alcohol Container in Vehicle

Under Florida Statute § 316.1936, it is illegal for anyone to possess an open container of alcohol while operating a vehicle. It is also against the law for anyone who is seated in or on a vehicle to possess an open container of alcohol, unless the individual is a passenger in a motor home or a vehicle that is designed, and primarily used for the transportation of people for compensation.

If you are facing charges for having an open alcohol container in a vehicle, it would be a mistake to take your charges lightly. It would be in your best interest to contact a South Walton DUI attorney, who can advise you on your legal options.

South Walton Open Alcohol Container in Vehicle Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a having an open alcohol container in a vehicle in Crestview, South Walton, Fort Walton Beach, Milton, Navarre, DeFuniak Springs, Pensacola and the surrounding areas, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC to discuss your alleged offense. The attorneys of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you avoid the penalties associated with DUI related offenses. 

Call Clay Adkinson for a free consultation today at if you have been charged with possessing an open alcohol container in a vehicle in Destin, South Walton or the surrounding areas. The aggressive attorneys at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC are willing to fight for you and your freedom.


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Florida Laws for Open Alcohol Container in Vehicle

An “open container” is any container of an alcoholic beverage which is immediately capable of being consumed, or has had its seal broken. For example, a bottle of wine that is sealed or has been resealed is not considered an open container.

The container can be considered to be in the possession of the driver if it is not in the possession of a passenger, and is not located in a locked glove compartment, trunk, or any other locked non-passenger area of the vehicle.


South Walton Open Alcohol Container in Vehicle Penalties

This offense is usually considered a noncriminal traffic violation that could result in a misdemeanor charge depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. Penalties also usually vary depending on whether the driver or passenger is charged with the offense. Drivers are commonly ordered to pay fines of up to $90, while passengers usually pay up to $60.


Fighting to Protect Your Freedom

If you have been charged with having an open container of alcohol in the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Cinco Bayou, Destin, Paxton, Wausau, Gulf Breeze, and Century, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today. Clay Adkinson of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC is a DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorney who will use his persistence and experience to defend you against these charges.

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