Drinking in Public in DC

Mark Rollins Criminal Law - DC

open container of alcohol in dcPenalty for Drinking in Public

Drinking in public in the District of Columbia is not the most serious crime but it is a crime that carries up to 60 days in Jail.  In order to be convicted of drinking in public in the District of Columbia, the prosecutor must show that you had an open container of alcohol or were drinking in the public.   The statute defines in Public as:

(1) A street, alley, park, sidewalk, or parking area;

(2) A vehicle in or upon any street, alley, park, or parking area;

So what if you were arrested what should you do now?

It’s very rare to go to jail for a 1st offense of drinking in public.  The biggest issue with drinking in public charge is the criminal record.    It’s not cool to have to report on a job application that you were arrested for drinking in public or had an open container of alcohol in DC.      You should be trying to get this drinking in public charge sealed.

So if you were arrested for drinking in public or had an open container of alcohol in public you should hire an attorney if nothing else to go over your options for sealing the record.

Rollins and Chan Law Firm

419 7th Street, NW Suite 405
Washington DC, District of Columbia 20004
United States (US)
Phone: 202-455-5610

 

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