Is It Legal To Carry an Open Container?

By SupportAgent User

For those of you who don’t understand what the title of this post is referring to, the question could more accurately be asked as “Can you walk around town with an open beer?” Walking around with an open container is legal in some states and illegal in others.

In some states, walking around with an open container is illegal. While this may place a burden on those who would like to move from bar to bar sipping a cocktail, these states feel that it is not worth the social cost of having alcohol in public.

Usually, carrying an open container is a misdemeanor punishable by a small fine, at least for first offenders. However, if you are polite to the officer and respect his or her authority, you may be able to get away with a warning. Officers are somewhat used to telling people, especially tourists, that they need to put down their drinks. If you respond respectfully, they will likely offer you the same respect.

To be safe, ask the person who made or sold you the drink whether the specific city you are in has any special restrictions. For example, you probably don’t want to be carrying an open container in a school zone; that might offend one of the local laws.

The bottom line is that, even if drinking in public is legal, it should be done respectfully as to not drawn unnecessary attention to yourself.

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