08 Dec Remember, open containers are also illegal in Texas.
DWI Fact #2: Mostly, DWI crimes are related to your BAC when operating a motor vehicle. However, officers can arrest you for other alcohol-related crimes involving your vehicle.
For example, it’s illegal to have an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of your vehicle if you’re driving or parked on a public highway (Texas defines the “passenger area” as the area designed for people to sit in while traveling). A simple open container violation results in a maximum $500 fine and a Class C misdemeanor. However, if you’re arrested for DWI and open container, you’ll get a Class B misdemeanor and a minimum of 6 days in jail.
For more information on other kinds of DWI laws, check out Title 10, Chapter 49 of the state’s penal code.