All but seven states in the U.S. have open container laws that restrict where people can drink alcoholic beverages in public. The objective of open container laws are to maintain quality of life in communities by preventing drunken behavior; prevent DUIs; prevent alcohol-related vehicular accidents; and maintain federal highway construction fund subsidies.
Open container laws may prohibit a person from drinking or possessing an open container of alcohol when they’re walking on a public sidewalk, inside a parked car, on school property, in a residential neighborhood, in a parking lot, in a mobile or even on the front steps of the apartment building where you live.
Colorado’s open container laws prohibits residents from having an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of the their vehicle. They are also prohibited from drinking alcohol while their vehicle is moving. Doing so is a Class A Traffic Infraction, punishable with a $50 fine.
If you’re charged with violating open container laws, you should seek an experienced Colorado DUI or criminal defense attorney who specializes in these types of cases. Your attorney can review the facts pertaining to your case to determine if you or your loved ones actually violated state or city law, whether or not your conduct constituted a violation and if the arresting officer followed the law. If it is determined that law enforcement acted inappropriately or that your actions did not constitute a violation, your charges could be dismissed.