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The bankruptcy attorneys at Craft Law Offices specialize in bankruptcy and traffic law, including open container infractions. Here are a few things you should know about the open container laws in North Carolina:

In the state of North Carolina, it’s illegal to have an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle. A container is considered open if the seal has been broken. If the alcohol is unopened, it is okay to have in the passenger area of your car (as long as you are of age). The passenger area of a vehicle is any area where the driver or passenger may sit or be able to reach.

If you have an open container of alcohol that you would like to carry in your car, you should place it in your trunk. Do not put it in your glove compartment, as that is considered part of the passenger area.

If you are found to have an open container in your car but do not have alcohol in your system, it is considered a moving infraction, but not a criminal charge; although, it can affect your driving record and add points to your license. If you have an open container in your car and also have alcohol in your system, you will be charged with a misdemeanor with consequences anywhere from fines to jail time. Underage parties with open containers will face more severe penalties.

If you find yourself with a ticket for an open container, whether it’s a moving violation or a criminal charge, we are here to help you. Call the attorneys at Craft Law Offices in Greenville, NC.