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Columbus Open Container Laws

Keep in mind open container laws as you enjoy this beautiful Saturday! 


According to the Ohio Revised Code 4301.62, it is illegal to possess an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a "state liquor store, motor vehicle, or in any public place". An open container is a minor misdemeanor charge in Ohio. A charge of such carries a $150 fine. 


In Ohio, to be charged with open container one must be carrying an open alcoholic beverage in one of the following areas: 


- a liquor store (unless it is a sample)
- at any premise that has a license to serve alcohol unless the premise has the authorization to serve the alcohol for immediate consumption, the premise is a convention center, the beverage is consumed during tastings or samplings approved by rule of the liquor control commission, the establishment is a music festival (period must extend for at least three consecutive days and must be located on an area of land of at least forty acres), and/or the location of consumption a performing arts/orchestra performance. 
- in any other public place
- while operating or being a passenger in or on a motor vehicle on any street, highway, or other public or private property open to the public for purposes of vehicular travel or parking. There is an exception in the case of limousine/chauffeur services. 


For further details and question please do not hesitate to call our offices for an expert opinion. 











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