Open Container Violations in Florida
Do Not Let One Mistake Ruin Your Future Freedom
According to Florida law, the possession of open containers of alcoholic beverages in vehicles is prohibited and subject to strict penalties. If you have been slapped with an open container violation, you need to contact a Miami traffic lawyer from the Law Offices of Daniel Schulefand as soon as possible. When you work with our firm, we can help you defend your rights and your driver's license from revocation.
Avoid the Harsh Penalties for Open Container Violations
While the law might seem simple on the surface, it is less than straightforward. In general, an open container is considered an alcoholic beverage that can be immediately consumed by the driver. This means that even if you have a bottle in the backseat with a broken seal, you could be ticketed, as it is possible for you to reach back and drink from it at a moment's notice. Furthermore, your vehicle does not need to be in motion for open container violations to occur.
Depending on the circumstances, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or an infraction and face consequences that include:
- High fines
- Up to a year in jail
- License suspension or revocation
- Driver's reeducation programs
You can possibly avoid or challenge a ticket if:
- The open container was in the trunk
- You were driving a recreational vehicle with a kitchen compartment
- You can prove a passenger controlled the alcohol
It should be noted that it is also unlawful for you to consume alcohol as a passenger while in a moving vehicle. If you have been cited for an open container violation, regardless if you were driving the vehicle or not, there is nothing more important than seeking the help of our skilled Miami traffic law attorney.
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From moving violations to hit-and-run cases, we have dedicated our firm to providing comprehensive ticket defense for the people of Miami for over 20 years. In fact, traffic law is all we do, and we do it exceptionally well. When something as critical as your driver's license is on the line, you need to rely on a team with our level of commitment and familiarity with all violations and regulations related to driving.
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