Transporting an Open Container in Creek County is a misdemeanor crime. In the Lookingbill v. State case of 2007 the appellate court reviewed many charges against Robert Lookingbill. Of these charges, one was the transporting of an open container. Troopers who were conducting a traffic checkpoint discovered an open 12-oz bottle of beer sitting on the console of Lookingbill’s truck upon his stopping. While the appellate court reversed some of the charges, the transporting of an open container was not one. If you find yourself in a situation where you face charges on transporting an open container, let us help. Read on to know more about what transporting an open container means and the penalties for it.
Oklahoma Law Transporting an Open Container:
It is illegal to have an open container in reach of anybody in the vehicle—this includes passengers (21 Okl.St.Ann. § 1220). This applies if you are on any public highway, street, or alley. Further, the law means any type of alcoholic beverages including wine, beer, or liquor. You may not be drinking it, but if the seal is broken and the container is in the vehicle with you, then you may face transporting an open container charges.
If you are transporting any alcoholic beverages, your best options are keeping the drink in your trunk or any container on the outside of you vehicle. Further, for hatchback vehicles you may put the alcohol in the back area of the vehicle. As long as it is not in reach of anyone in the car while it is moving, then you should be safe.
Penalties for Transporting an Open Container in Creek County:
Transporting an open container is a misdemeanor charge in Creek County. Misdemeanors generally have a possible six months jail sentence and/or a fine up to $500. A second fine of $100 goes to the Trauma Care Assistance Revolving Fund also.
Let Our Creek County Criminal Defense Attorneys Help You:
Our attorneys in Creek County know that sometimes you or your passengers can make mistakes. Further, you do not always know if your passenger is respecting your or following the laws. Let us help you face these charges and build the best possible defense for your particular situation. Our first consultation is free. Send us an Email or give us a call and tell us the details so we can help.