Alcohol plays a role in the commission of countless crimes otherwise not considered "alcohol-related." But four offenses in particular - driving under the influence (DUI), minor in possession of alcohol, open container and public intoxication - are directly referred to as alcohol-related crimes. DWI, or driving while intoxicated (DWI), is the most serious of the four and carries the most severe penalties. Minor in possession laws are meant to educate young people about the potential dangers of drinking. Open container laws, which vary by state and local ordinance, serve several purposes including the prevention of drunk driving. Laws prohibiting public intoxication are intended to prevent offenders from disturbing or harming others in public.
- DUI / DWI
Extensive legal primers and resources pertaining to DUI offenses; including the stages of a case, state DUI laws, your rights as a defendant and how to hire a lawyer.
- MIP: A Minor in Possession
Overview of minor in possession laws, which are intended to keep young people from drinking alcohol; includes examples of state MIP laws, defenses to minor in possession charges, and related information.
- Open Container Law
In-depth explanation of state and local laws prohibiting individuals from consuming alcohol in public places or automobiles, notable exceptions, and the intended purpose of open container laws.
- Public Intoxication
Overview of how drunk and disorderly individuals can be charged with the crime of public intoxication when their public behavior is deemed disturbing or threatening to others in a public place.