Grand Rapids area residents understand that drinking and driving is illegal. Most people understand that a driver of a vehicle cannot be drinking an alcoholic beverage while they are driving. But what about their passengers?

Michigan is among 43 states that have laws in place that prohibit open containers in a vehicle. The Michigan open container law prohibits a person to transfer an open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle. This law affects both the driver and any passengers in the car which means that a passenger can not legally drink alcohol while in a car. If a person is caught with an open container, they and their passengers can face a misdemeanor which can result in up to 90 days in jail, community service and a fine. They can also receive two points on their driving record. If the driver has been drinking as well, they can also face DUI charges.

Open container violations can be serious. If a person is facing charges for drunk driving or an open container, they may want to speak with an attorney who specializes in criminal defense. An attorney can help their client understand the charges they are facing and the consequences of a conviction. They can thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest and make sure their client’s legal rights are protected.

No one expects they will be arrested for drunk driving or an open container violation. Unfortunately, these instances can bring serious penalties for a person an affect them for many years to come. A person facing these charges may want a legal professional on their side to protect their future.