“It is illegal to drink any alcoholic beverage while operating or riding as a passenger in a motorized vehicle whether that vehicle is moving, stopped, or parked on any highway, street, or area of traffic.” (Utah code 41-6a-526) The State of Utah maintains very strict penalties with regards to an open container in a motorized vehicle. You can be subject to such penalties even as a passenger in a motor vehicle if you open any container of alcohol. It doesn’t matter if the car is moving or parked. You need to be informed of your options of you find yourself in such a situation. You need someone with the experience and knowledge of criminal defense in Utah to fight for you.