Will I go to jail for an open container and consumption of alcohol ticket?

I live in utah and I’m 18 and never
been in trouble.

Asked on October 4, 2017 under Criminal Law, Utah


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

In UT, it’s illegal to have an open container of alcohol in the “passenger area” of your car or boat. It’s a Misdemeanor C offense, so penalties can include up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine. Further, in UT, it is unlawful for a minor to possess/consume alcohol or to have any measurable concentration of alcohol. It is a misdemeanor and can result in the oss of a driver's license, substantial fines and even jail time. That all having beens said, for a first offense, typically fines are imposed. However, since the consequences of such a conviction will effect your criminal history record, you really should consult with a DUI attorney. After reviewing the details of your case they may be able to get the charges dismissed on a technicality or the like.

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