Can Passengers Drink Alcohol in a Car?

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It is prohibited for motorists to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but can passengers drink alcohol in the car? Our Arizona DUI defense lawyers explain the Arizona laws regarding passengers drinking alcohol in a car.

If you or your loved one face DUI charges, contact our Arizona DUI defense lawyers today at (602) 842-6762 to schedule a case review!

Arizona Open Container Laws

Arizona has strict open container laws that make it illegal for a person to drive with an alcoholic beverage in their vehicle that has been opened, even if the alcohol is not being consumed. Therefore, it is also illegal for passengers to consume alcohol in the car. It is also against the law for anyone, including back seat passengers, to drink an alcoholic beverage while a motor vehicle is on a public road.

Open container offenses can result in a class 2 misdemeanor and, if convicted, a fine of up to $750. If a minor is caught with an open container, they could face up to four months in jail, along with hefty fines.

Will I Get a Ticket If I Keep an Open Container in the Trunk?

If you are driving with an open container in the trunk of your car, you won’t get a ticket. However, if your car doesn’t have a separate trunk, you can keep it in a locked container or in the bed of the pickup truck.

Arizona DUI Defense Attorneys

If you or your loved one has been charged with driving under the influence, you need an experienced attorney on your side to protect your rights. There may be multiple defenses you can use to protect yourself from hefty fines and extensive jail time. Our team at Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. is dedicated to helping clients receive the guidance and representation that they need when they face DUI charges. You only have 15 days to act before the DMV suspends your license.

Contact our Phoenix DUI defense lawyers today at (602) 842-6762 to schedule a case review!

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