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As the leaves change and fall parties kick into high gear, many South Carolinians celebrate the season with friends and family. However, despite the joys of autumn festivities open container violations and public intoxication charges increase. People often take to the road to enjoy gatherings and celebrations. As a result, these legal issues can dampen your holiday spirit. The Law Office of Sara A. Turner is here to help you navigate these challenges and ensure that your rights are protected.

Open Container Violations and Public Intoxication

Open Container Violations in South Carolina:

In South Carolina, it is illegal to possess an open container of beer or wine in a moving vehicle. An open container violation refers to any alcoholic beverage that is open, with a broken seal, or partially consumed, even if it is in the passenger area of the vehicle. This violation can result in up to thirty days in jail and/or a fine. 

How do you legally enjoy your time tailgating this Fall? South Carolina does have an exception that provides that the open container of beer or wine section does not apply to vehicles parked in legal parking places during functions such as sporting events where law enforcement officers are on duty to perform traffic control duties. 

Liquor must also be stored in a trunk, luggage compartment, or cargo area that is separate and distinct from the driver’s and passengers’ compartment if the seal is open. Keep in mind that if you are transporting liquor only a person who is twenty-one years of age or older may transport lawfully acquired alcoholic liquors to and from a place where alcoholic liquors may be lawfully possessed or consumed. 

Public Intoxication Charges:

Public intoxication charges can arise when an individual is visibly impaired in a public place, and their behavior is disruptive or potentially harmful to themselves or others. Moreover, if you are found on any highway or at any public place or public gathering in a grossly intoxicated condition or otherwise conduct yourself in a disorderly or boisterous manner; use obscene or profane language on any highway or at any public place or gathering or in hearing distance of any schoolhouse or church; or while under the influence or feigning to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor, without just cause or excuse, discharges any gun, pistol, or other firearm while upon or within fifty yards of any public road or highway, except upon his own premises. The consequences of public intoxication can range from fines to jail time, not to mention the personal embarrassment and potential damage to one’s reputation.

How The Law Office of Sara A. Turner Can Help:
Legal Experience: Sara A. Turner has extensive experience in criminal defense, including open container violations and public intoxication cases. Sara understands the nuances of South Carolina’s laws. She will use her experience to build a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific situation.
Protecting Your Rights: It is essential to remember that you have rights. Even if you’ve been charged with open container violations or public intoxication, maintain your rights. Sara A. Turner will ensure that your rights are upheld throughout the legal process and that you receive fair treatment under the law.
Minimizing Consequences: Minimizing Consequences: Sara A. Turner is dedicated to working tirelessly to reduce the impact of your charges. This may involve negotiating a reduced sentence or exploring alternatives to jail time. Her ultimate goal is to help you move forward with your life in the best way possible.
Personalized Approach: Personalized Approach: The Law Office of Sara A. Turner understands that every case is unique. We will take the time to listen to your side of the story and assess the evidence. Our goal is to provide you with a personalized legal strategy that fits your specific needs.

Please see S.C. Code Ann. 16-17-530; 61-4-110; 61-6-4020 for further reference. 

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