Open Containers in Michigan


Transporting open alcohol is illegal in the state of Michigan, and can lead to criminal punishment. If you are pulled over with an open container of alcohol in your vehicle, police will seek to charge you with a misdemeanor and without a lawyer, you could face serious restrictions on your freedom. 

Call a Michigan DUI Lawyer Now

Grabel & Associates will aggressively defend you if you are charged with transporting open intoxicants, and protect you from intensified criminal charges and penalties. Our premier Michigan DUI attorneys work closely with clients to determine every possible legal outcome and seek out the most beneficial result. We are committed to being there for our clients whenever they have questions about their case and the legal issues affecting their open container charges. Our relentless defense tactics will give you a decisive edge in your case, and your quick action to contact us will prove crucial to your case result.

Attorney Defending Misdemeanor Alcohol Transportation Charges in Michigan

Transporting open intoxicants in a car or other vehicle is a serious charge, and could even lead to OUIL charges. You need an experienced drunk driver lawyer to protect you from harsh criminal sentencing or wrongful conviction, ensuring you do not suffer as a result of police or prosecutor mistakes. Grabel & Associates is top-quality choice for anyone in Michigan facing DUI, OWI or similar defense charges, and our seasoned team will not disappoint in your case.

Open Container Laws in Michigan

Anyone operating a motor vehicle or any passenger in a motor vehicle cannot possess or transport alcohol in a container that is open, uncapped, or which has a broken seal. This law applies to moving vehicles on highways, roads, in parking lots, or any other place open to the general public. If you do not have a trunk in your vehicle, you may transport open containers in a locked glove compartment, behind the last upright seat of the vehicle, or in another area not normally occupied by the driver or any passenger. Failure to comply with Michigan open intoxicant regulations can result in damaging criminal punishment. You can read more about Michigan open intoxicant laws in Section 257.624a of the Michigan Penal Code.

Grabel & Associates will protect you in every stage of your criminal case, whether you have already been charged with an open container violation, or fear that you may face open container charges in the near future. Contact us immediately to begin building an effective criminal defense.

Criminal Penalties for Transporting Open in Michigan

If you are convicted of possessing or transporting open alcohol in Michigan, you could face misdemeanor charges and a penalty of up to 93 days in jail along with a $500 fine. Depending on the reasons your vehicle was stopped, you could be at risk for enhanced punishments such as an OUIL charge.

No matter what alcohol charges you face, contact a lawyer as soon as possible and fight back against police and prosecutors. The guidance of a lawyer is crucial in every stage of the criminal process, and your decision to hire a lawyer early will give you an edge in the key initial stages of your case. We represent Michigan clients in all DUI cases, no matter what stage it is in.

Our Approach to Open Intoxicant Charges in MI

We thoroughly investigate the details of every open container case we take to ensure every detail of your situation, arrest, and charges are taken into account when building a defense. Without a lawyer, you could face unnecessarily harsh punishments and miss out on the best possible case outcome.

Grabel & Associates has worked with clients in thousands of past cases to firmly establish our reputation as a top-notch criminal defense firm. We continuously consult with clients to ensure that our legal strategies line up with their legal goals. Our experience knows how to win in cases just like yours, and our proven results show that our innovative legal tactics are effective in even the most difficult cases.

We are dedicated to every case we take, and we understand that the only case outcome you care about is your own. Your open alcohol charges will be treated with the highest importance by a talented lawyer, and we will always be there for you whenever you have questions about your case or the legal issues affecting your possible results.

Contact Grabel & Associates for an Open Container Defense

If you or a loved one has been caught with an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, contact the team at Grabel & Associates. A knowledgeable case analyst is available 24/7 to speak with you at our toll free number, 1-800-342-7896. Additionally, you can contact us online and set up a free consultation with trial attorney Scott Grabel. Don't let open intoxicant charges result in a wrongful conviction or unnecessary penalty, fight back with the skilled lawyers at Grabel & Associates.