We all know that being over the legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit while driving poses a threat to public safety and risks harsh penalties.

However, breaking the following lesser-known alcohol laws can also result in a tainted record. If you'll be out and about this holiday season, make sure you're careful not to violate these.

1. Open container law

Unfortunately, even if you have not consumed any alcohol, just having an open container in the car is enough for you to receive charges in Florida. The definition of "open" is broad too. If the seal is broken, the container is considered open -- even if the cap has been twisted back on. This rule also applies to passengers in a vehicle.

Those who are caught with an "open" container in their vehicle may face a noncriminal moving traffic violation. Similarly to a speeding ticket, these violations can impact your insurance coverage or rates.

2. Parked or stopped car

Did you know that your car does not have to be moving to qualify as a DUI? The fact that you are in the car while intoxicated or with an open container tells police that you probably have been or are about to drive under the influence of alcohol, even if either case is not true. It can be challenging to prove that you were not driving after consuming alcohol nor intending to drive after.

For this reason, it is not a good idea to sleep in your car until you are sober either. Being out on any road or parking lot shows that your car was moving at one time, and it may have happened while you were under the influence. Florida law prohibits you from having any actual physical control of a vehicle when drunk.

3. BAC under the legal limit

Although the legal limit for your blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent, it does not have to be that high to warrant a DUI. Charges can come as long as you are showing signs of impairment no matter what your BAC is.

Seek help for an odd violation

If you are facing charges related to alcohol, you may not have known you were breaking the law. But, with a proper defense, you can challenge law standards you may not be aware of now, such as when a policeman can legally search your car. For help building this defense, contact a skilled attorney with an extense criminal defense background.  

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