It is illegal to possess in public an open container of an alcoholic beverage. Conviction of this offense carries a maximum penalty of a $150 fine. Consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle is a fourth-degree misdemeanor with maximum penalties of 30 days imprisonment or a $250 fine or both.  If you are facing an OVI (drunk driving) charge, an open container or any other alcohol-related charge, please contact Charles M. Rowland II at (937) 318-1384 or visit  Below is the full text of Ohio’s Open Container Law.


4301.62 Opened container of beer or intoxicating liquor prohibited at certain premises.

Effective Date: 04-07-2004; 09-21-2006