Open Containers Leading to a DWI Charge
Imagine you are leaving a gathering of all your friends. You gave a few people a ride to the party because they wanted to have a few drinks and you wanted them to get there safely. You did not know it, but your backseat passengers had a few drinks on the ride over and they decided to leave the bottle of liquor in your back seat. As you are driving home, you are pulled over by a cop for a broken tail light. When the officer approaches the vehicle to speak to you, they notice the bottle in the back of your car. They accuse you of drinking, but you have not. The officer starts asking you loaded questions, and because you are nervous, you stutter and stumble over your words. The officer asks you to step out of the car and begins to make you take field sobriety tests. Even though you feel that you passed the tests, the officer arrests you anyway on account of driving while intoxicated.
As wild as this scenario seems, it is not uncommon for police officers to look for any reason to prosecute an individual on DWI charges. Officers and the prosecution will use any evidence they have to make you look as guilty as possible, even if it is only an open liquor bottle in your back seat. If you or someone you love is being charged with driving while intoxicated, you are going to need a tough attorney on your side. The legal team at Hart Powell, S.C. has experience dealing with a variety of DWI cases, and they know what it takes to counter ruthless prosecutors. Our attorneys are ready to fight for you at every stage of the legal process.
Appleton Open Container Laws
Open container laws exist to regulate when and where citizens are allowed to drink alcohol. These laws state the following concerning alcohol and vehicles:
- Drivers and passengers are prohibited from consuming or possessing an open bottle of alcohol in the passenger area or cab of a vehicle
- The laws apply to moving or parked vehicles
- The laws apply to all alcoholic beverages in any type of container
- An unlocked glove compartment is considered a passenger area
- It is legal to transport an open bottle in the trunk of a vehicle where it cannot easily be reached
If an officer finds that you have violated open container laws, even if it was accidental, they may try to take the charges a step further. Having a qualified and experienced DWI attorney on your side could mean the difference between jail time and dropped charges.
If you or someone you love is facing DWI charges, contact an Appleton DWI lawyer. The attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C. understand how frustrating and stressful it can be to deal with charges and the legal proceedings that follow. We are devoted to making sure our clients are treated fairly and defended aggressively. To learn more about our legal team, contact our office at (414) 271-9595 today.