Open Container Laws in Illinois
Drunk driving is a deadly and dangerous act that has killed many and injured many more. Open container laws are in place to try to reduce the number of people that commit the act of drinking and driving. However, intoxicated or drinking drivers not the only groups that may be found disobeying open container laws. It is extremely easy for a sober and innocent driver to be charged and fined for an open container violation. All it takes is one friend leaving a partially empty bottle in your backseat for you to be pulled over, charged with an open container violation, and questioned about your state of mind. Open container violations can lead an officer to question your sobriety, even subjecting you to field tests and breathalyzers, even if you are completely sober.
If you or someone you love is facing charges based on an open container violation, it may be in your best interest to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Officers and prosecutors will use any information or evidence they can find to make you look guilty, especially when it comes to drinking and driving. The prosecution has the burden of proof, while your team, as the defense, only has to disprove or minimize the meaning of what they say. The criminal defense attorneys of the Bruno Law Offices have experience in dealing with a variety of DUI and DWI cases, from an open container to actual DWI or DUI charges. Prosecutors are merciless, but we are here to fight for you.
Illinois Open Container Laws
Open container laws vary from state to state, although most generally allow and prohibit similar things. Illinois statute outlines what it considers an open container and where open containers are allowed to be. The laws say the following:
- Both drivers and passengers are prohibited from possessing any alcohol in the passenger area unless it is in its original container with an unbroken seal.
- A sealed and unopened bottle of alcohol is allowed to be in the passenger area
- Open containers are allowed in the trunk or locked glove compartment of a vehicle
- If a violating driver is less than 21 years of age, they will be subject to the loss of driving privileges
If you are found to be in violation of open container laws, in any way, an officer may try to take charges a step further. To keep aggressive police officers and prosecutors from trying to charge you with crimes you did not commit, contact a tough criminal defense attorney.
The attorneys of the Bruno Law Offices are prepared to represent you at every step of the legal process. We understand how confusing and frustrating charges of this nature can be, and we want to do all we can to help you fight your charges. If you or someone you love is facing DWI, DUI, or open container charges, contact our office at (217) 328-6000 today.