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Is an open container in public in Hermosa Beach CA an infraction or misdemeanor

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I received a ticket for open container in public on new years eve. I walked out of a cab with a bottle It's being handled as part of the traffic dept and I asked the clerk and she said it wasn't a misdemeanor. I also consulted a lawyer and he was pretty sure it was just an infraction. Will this show up on a back ground check. What should I do.

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You need to hire an attorney and resolve the ticket.whether it shows up or not you may be required to answer questions about the incident that if you have a conviction you may be required to list it.

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Vehicle Code sections 23221-23229 VC are collectively referred to as California's "open container" laws. Simply put, these laws prohibit driving with an alcoholic beverage in the car that has been opened...even if not consumed.

This offense is typically an infraction, punishable by a maximum $250 fine. However, if you are a driver or passenger under 21 and are caught violating this law, you face a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine.
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Since you had an open bottle of alcohol in a cab, you were guilty of violating the open container law. As a passenger if would be an infraction. Violations of the open container law by a driver or minor would be a misdemeanor.

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