DWI: Are Open Containers Illegal in Texas? | Tessmer Law Firm
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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.