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There are several different alcohol-related laws in Massachusetts that deal with everything from driving under the influence to carrying an open container. Murphy & Rudolf, LLP offers criminal defense services for a variety of alcohol crimes. Because different alcohol-related incidents carry different penalties, it is important to seek legal help from Worcester lawyers trained in criminal defense, who are knowledgeable about federal and state laws regarding alcohol crimes.
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Open Container Laws in Massachusetts
Open container laws are in place to stop passengers and drivers from drinking alcohol while in a vehicle. These laws relate to situations such as passengers in a car holding bottles or cans of alcohol, or open containers being hidden or stored in compartments within a car like a glove box or center console. Open container laws do not strictly apply to vehicles only, and having an open container of alcohol while walking along a public road, sidewalk, or other area is illegal in many states as well.
An open container includes:
- A bottle with the original seal broken
- An alcoholic beverage poured into a cup
- A bottle with the seal broken and some of the contents missing
In open container cases, the defendant has to have been aware that the container was open at the time in question. In some states, drivers or vehicle owners can use the defense that a passenger brought the open container into the car without their knowledge. The defendant may also try to prove that the container had a faulty seal that opened on its own.
Open containers on party buses, limousines, or in car trunks are often allowed. For misdemeanor or simple infractions, the penalties often involve fines or community service. Our Worcester lawyers are experts in criminal defense. They can investigate your situation and build your defense to help you seek a positive outcome.
Public Intoxication & Providing Alcohol to Minors
In Massachusetts, public intoxication is considered a nuisance, not a crime. A police officer may escort intoxicated individuals to a hospital or place them in temporary custody until they are sober. Regarding selling or providing alcohol to minors, depending on the circumstances, the penalties may include fines, jail time, probation, revocation of a liquor license, or community service.
When facing charges related to alcohol crimes, it is always best to seek the assistance of Worcester lawyers with expertise in criminal defense like those at Murphy & Rudolf, LLP. We know the ins and outs of different defenses and local laws to help our clients seek the fairest outcome possible. With our Worcester lawyers, you can get personal attention and diligent representation for your case.
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