Whats the cost of open container ticket and how does it affect license points?

Asked over 4 years ago - Burke, VA

I was charged a ticket for having an open container. However I was not drinking and driving. The violation was listed as 5-1-25. The officer did not tell me the price of the fine. What can I expect to have to pay and will it have an affect on my license if I was not DWI?

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Timothy Kevin Wilson


    Contributor Level 15

    Answered . 5-1-25 is a reference to the Fairfax County Code under which you were cited.

    Section 5-1-25. Possession of open alcoholic beverage containers prohibited.
    It shall be unlawful for any person to possess an open alcoholic beverage container while in a public park, playground, or on a public street. Violations of this Section shall be punished as a Class 4 misdemeanor.

    Class 4 misdemeanor offenses are criminal offenses punishable by a fine of up to $250.00. However, even though this offense is not punishable by incarceration, if you are convicted of this offense you will have a permanent criminal record. Therefore, it is important that you hire an experienced Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney to assist you with this matter.

    T. Kevin Wilson, Esq.
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  2. Corinne Jane Magee

    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . Mr. Wilson has explained the consequences. If you had been charged with Virginia Code ยง 18.2-323.1 (drinking while driving, which includes a rebuttable presumption that one has been drinking by the fact that there is an open container of alcohol in the passenger compartment of the car), it would also be a maximum $250 fine offense, and a three-points on your driving record.

  3. Victor Wallace Carmody Jr.

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . Your ticket will have information directing you to a court where your case will be handled.There could also be a telephone number for that court on the ticket,and posssibly a court clerks number to call for infomation.Please call the court and ask about the range of fines,court costs,and state assessments,if any, for a total owed when you enter a plea of guilty to the charge,and then decide whether to fight the charge,and hire an attorney

    Victor Carmody.

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