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Driving with Open Container a Civil, Not Criminal, Offense

driving with an open container

A recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling says that driving with an open container is a civil and NOT criminal offense. This ruling changes a Massachusetts law that was first passed in 1982 as a broader crackdown on drunk driving. The intention was to promote motor vehicle safety and prevent drunk driving. Learn more by reading the court briefing here.

If you are affected by this change and have been charged with an open container violation or operating under the influence of alcohol, don’t hesitate to call our office.

Let Flanagan & Associates help protect your freedom and driving privileges!