California Open Container Laws (Vehicle Code Sections 23221 to 23229) make it illegal to have an opened alcoholic beverage in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle. More specifically, the laws prohibit:
- drinking in a car;
- possession of an open container in a car;
- storing open containers in a car, and
- storing open containers in a trunk.
It is common for a violation of Vehicle Code Sections 23221 to 23229 to result in an infraction however if you have a minor (under the age of 21) in the car or you are driving, suspected of recently driving or about to begin driving you may be charged with a more serious offense.
If you or a loved one is charged with violation of the open container law or another criminal charge, please contact our office at (619)258-8888 for a free and confidential consultation with an experienced attorney.