Open Alcohol Container Violations May Become A Civil Offense

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On Friday, the Maryland Senate passed legislation that would permit police officers to issue citations for open alcoholic container violations. Under the legislation, offenders would not be arrested, but only be issued a citation in most cases.

 

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The House of Delegates will vote on the bill in the very near future. Montgomery County Democratic Senator Will Smith sponsored the measure. The first offense would call for a $100 fine.

The bill is part of a plan to decriminalize common offenses, such as possessing a small amount of marijuana. Backers say they want to avoid giving people a criminal record for minor violations.

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