If passengers are drinking in a car, does the driver get in trouble? 13 Answers as of June 25, 2014

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Elhart & Horvath, P.C.
Elhart & Horvath, P.C. | Mattias Johnson
In Michigan, transporting alcohol or intoxicants in an open container is illegal; if charged and convicted, you may face criminal penalties. When a motorist is pulled over by law enforcement and found to have an open container containing alcohol, police will likely charge you with a misdemeanor offense. This depends, of course, on your criminal and driving history. The worse your record, the worse the potential punishment. It is important to note that this is the case even when the intoxicant was opened by another person and consumed by another person. As a driver, you are responsible for what happens in your vehicle.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/25/2014
Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
YES. Open container, possibly contributing to the delinquency of a minor (if anyone is under age).
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 6/12/2014
Law Office of Linda K. Frieder
Law Office of Linda K. Frieder | Linda K. Frieder, Esq.
Open container in a vehicle is illegal in California.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/12/2014
Thomas SanFilippo & Associates, LLC | Thomas SanFilippo
Depends on where it was. It can vary by municipality.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 6/12/2014
Law Office of James E. Smith
Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
6 months in jail
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 6/12/2014
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