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California’s Open Container Laws

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In California, driving under the influence is not the only illegal alcohol and vehicle act, but it is the most known. It carries the most serious penalties. It is also very much worth knowing other alcohol and driving related laws, especially the “open container” laws for California.

For drivers who are 21 years or older, it is legal to drive a vehicle with an unopened container of alcohol in the car, even if it is in the front seat.

An unopened container must be absolutely sealed, never opened. So, a sealed bottle of wine never uncorked, a sealed bottle of liquor with the cap never twisted off, and an unopened can of beer, are legal to have in the front seat of the car. Any alcoholic beverages that have been opened must be placed in the trunk of the car.

If a driver is caught with a bottle of liquor that has been opened but is currently closed at the time they are pulled over, and they prove they have not been drinking, they are still breaking the law. That opened bottle must be in the trunk. However, the police may let the driver go with a warning, rather than a ticket. It is their call. The best chance for a driver being let off with a warning is for him or her to remain polite and respectful, prove they are indeed sober, and promise not to let it happen again. If the driver is cited, he or she is given an infraction and will have to pay a fine of $250.

For drivers who are younger than 21, consequences are harsher. After all, the legal drinking age is 21. Underage individuals face misdemeanor criminal charges that include a $1,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail.

The easiest way to make sure you are transporting alcohol legally in your vehicle, is to simply put it in your trunk, even if the alcohol container is sealed. If your trunk is cluttered with clothes and bags, put that extra clutter in your backseat. A police officer is less likely to pull you over if they see a bunch of clothes in the backseat of your vehicle rather than bottles of alcohol.

Don’t Let Someone Steal Your Identity

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Identity Theft Visalia

Identity theft can be a huge disaster for the person who had his or her identity stolen. The thief can cause a lot of damage to their target’s reputation, both physically and financially.

When a crook steals someone’s identity, they can wreak havoc. The thief gets ahold of personal information such as their target’s name and social security number. They can apply for credit cards, file taxes, or get soma medical services under their victim’s name. This can damage the victim’s credit status, and will takes years and a lot of money to fix.

You can prevent someone from stealing your identity and all the repercussions that comes with it, by doing the following:

  • Do not carry your social security card in your wallet and only give it out when you have to.
  • Do not give personal information out by phone, mail, or online.
  • Shred any paper or cards that have personal information on them to prevent anyone from finding the info in your trash.
  • Store personal info in a safe place at home.
  • Keep a watchful eye on finances and your credit score.
  • Use complex passwords for online accounts to help keep them secure.

By following some of these different protocols, you will be protecting yourself from identity theft. This can save you thousands of dollars and countless hours of stress and worry. Nobody wants to have their identity stolen, so be sure to do everything that you can to keep personal information safe and secure.

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