Minnesota Open Bottle Lawyers & Attorneys
In the State of Minnesota and across the United States, the Federal and State Governments have teamed up to create the “open bottle” or “open container” law. This law prohibits both the possession of any open alcoholic beverage container and the consumption of any alcoholic beverage in a vehicle. What this means is that if you happen to be pulled over for any reason including suspicion of a DWI, if you have open alcohol in the car, then you could be facing criminal charges.
Regulations of the Open Bottle Law
The open bottle law includes the following provisions:
- Refers to both drivers and passengers (expect of those primarily used for the transportation of people such as buses, taxi cabs and limousines). This means that even if you are not found with an open bottle, if someone in your vehicle is, you could be arrested under the open bottle law.
- Refers to any area in the vehicle including unlocked glove compartments and any other areas of the vehicle that are readily accessible to the drivers or passengers while in their seats.
- Refers to any alcoholic beverage including beer, wine and spirits that contain .5% or more alcohol by volume.
- Applies to all vehicles on a public highway or the right-of-way of a public highway.
Minnesota Open Bottle Charges
If you are found guilty under the open bottle law, you could be faced with up to $1,000 in fines, up to ninety (90) days in jail or both. If you are under the age of twenty-one (21), then there are more consequences. Even if you are the designated driver of a car where another is drinking, you could still face severe consequences if found guilty under the open bottle laws in Minnesota. Furthermore, if you happen to be found with open alcohol in the car as well as a blood concentration level over the legal limit, you will be facing even more severe consequences.
Open Bottle Legal Representation – DWI Lawyers Minnesota
Regardless of the facts and figures surrounding your open bottle accusation, it is important to understand that you do have options. The open bottle law is quite complex and there are many different defense strategies you can use to REDUCE your sentence, be found NOT GUILTY at trial, or have the charges/case DISMISSED altogether. Let Sabby and Reyes Law Firm provide you with the legal advice you need during this confusing accusation. They will guide you through the entire process and keep you informed every step of the legal maze.
The Martindale Hubbell AV Rated Sabby and Reyes Law Firm has over 35 years experience. They have a successful track record in DWI offense cases and can assess your case to determine your best defense. You will get strong representation from experienced trial attorneys. This legal team is extremely effective in all areas of criminal defense and DWI laws. Contact Sabby and Reyes Law Firm for your FREE CONSULTATION at 952-828-9000 , 651-592-3350 , or toll free at 1-877-DUI-FIRM 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as soon as you have been accused.
Our Minnesota Open Bottle Lawyers represent persons throughout Minnesota including Minneapolis, St. Paul, Twin Cities, Anoka, Apple Valley, Andover, Becker, Big Lake, Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Champlin, Chanhassen, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Cottage Grove, Crystal, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Elk River, Excelsior, Falcon Heights, Farmington, Forest Lake, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hastings, Hopkins, Hugo, Inver Grove Heights, Lake Elmo, Lakeville, Lio Lakes, Little Canada, Long Lake, Mahtomedi, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Mendota Heights, Mounds View, New Hope, North St. Paul, Oakdale, Plymouth, Prior Lake, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rogers, Roseville, Rosemount, St. Anthony, St. Louis Park, Savage, Shakopee, Shoreview, South St. Paul, Spring Lake Park, Stillwater, Vadnais Heights, West St. Paul, White Bear Lake, Zimmerman, and Woodbury. Also including, but not limited to, the counties of Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Anoka County, Wright County, Dakota County, Washington County, Carver County, Scott County, Sherburne County, Isanti County, Chisago County and Stearns County.