Open Container Laws

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What Is an Open Container Law?

An Open Container law makes it a criminal offense to have an open container of alcohol inside the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle.  Open Container laws are an important tool in the fight against drunk driving

Is There a Federal Open Container Law?

Open Container laws vary from state to state.  However, the federal government has established a program to encourage states to conform their Open Container laws to certain federal standards. 

A state's Open Container law must meet six standards to fully conform to the federal requirements: 

All but 14 states have Open Container laws that conform to the federal standards.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

If you are arrested for having an open container, you should speak to a criminal defense lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system.

Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents

If you are a victim of a Drunk Driving DUI/DWI accident, you should speak to a lawyer immediately to learn how to get compensation for your injuries.

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Last Modified: 04-14-2014 04:02 PM PDT

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