It could be a serious matter. Probation usually requires that you report all police contact. You should check this out because if your are required to and fail to do so, there could be a technical violation for not reporting the incident. You can try to fight the case and if there is a defect in the summons then it might be dismissed. It would be best to avoid all police contact while you are on probation. Good luck.
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All arrests are serious though the outcome most likely will not be. Because you are on probation you should notify your PO or the summons. If you can afford to do so, you should hire an attorney.
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You are likely asked at every probation meeting if you have had contact with law enforcement so you are obligated to report it (whether you do or not) and I'm sure your PO won't be happy that it is an open container case. While you are charged with a violation, it is enough to violate your probation if the PO elects to. I suggest you hire a criminal defense lawyer.... there are strategies to get this charge dismissed.
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If you are on probation, you must fight it. When you are on probation for a DWI, it's doubley important.
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