Open Container Law Ann Arbor MI
It is illegal in Ann Arbor, Michigan to drink or possess open containers that contain alcohol, beer, wine, or spirits while on public property. The City of Ann Arbor calls alcohol containing drinks “intoxicating substances”. Public property is also narrowly defined. If you are caught by the Ann Arbor Police Department drinking or holding an open alcohol container on public property or streets, then you will get charged with a misdemeanor called open intox or possession on public streets.
Ann Arbor City Ordinances
No person shall consume alcoholic liquor on the public streets, in a public parking lot, in a public parking structure or in the portion of any business premises open to the public if that business is not licensed to sell alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises. A business or organization having permission from the Liquor Control Commission for outdoor sales may, with the approval of the City Council, sell or deliver alcoholic liquor for consumption on a designated area of public streets, parking structures or parking lots, subject to such restrictions as to time, dates and location as may be imposed by the City Council. It shall not be a violation of this section for a person to consume alcoholic liquor obtained from such a business or organization if such consumption is made in the designated area.
(Ord. No. 09-18, § 1, 5-18-09)
Except in those areas where consumption of alcoholic liquor is permitted by this chapter, no person shall possess alcoholic liquor in an open, uncapped, or unsealed container on a public street.
(Ord. No. 09-18, § 1, 5-18-09)
Legal Help from a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Ann Arbor, MI
When you are facing criminal charges, you need a dedicated, aggressive criminal defense lawyer to work with you. Our team at Hermanowski Law provides comprehensive support for individuals in the Ann Arbor, MI area, and the surrounding region. Before you head into court on your own, seek out help from our trusted team of professionals.
Open Intox Defense
One of the many services we offer is an open intox defense. If you have been charged with drinking while driving or intoxication of another form, it is critical for you to get immediate help on your case. We work with clients facing all types of charges related to the Open Container Law. Let us talk to you about what is likely to happen and to help you in fighting an open intox ticket in a court of law. If you have been told, there is nothing that can be done, then you should consider getting a second opinion.
Set up a Free Consultation to Speak to Us First
The first step is to come in to discuss your case with our criminal defense lawyer. We will talk to you about the laws regarding intoxicating substances, what evidence the court has on you, and what steps you can take to fight the charges you are up against.
Take the time to learn about our legal team and the work we have done for others in the Ann Arbor, MI area. As a trusted criminal defense lawyer, you can depend on us for comprehensive support.