After three separate tries by Marietta officials to approve an alcohol-to-go law, their wish has finally come true.
Marietta Square visitors can now walk with alcoholic drinks within certain limits, as long as they don’t cross through Glover Park. The Marietta City Council announced a yearlong trial period to allow the walk-and-drink zone, effective immediately.
Let’s take a look at what this law looks like, and how it could have an effect on alcohol-related charges in the area.
Is Marietta the first city in Georgia to allow open containers?
Marietta is actually the fifth city just within Cobb County to allow alcohol-to-go.
Other districts that already have implemented similar laws include:
- Power Springs
- Truist Park and the Battery areas
There are Plenty of Rules in this new Open Container Ordinance
Participating bars and restaurants are required to have an alcohol license and serve the drinks in a 12 oz. clear plastic cup.
The hours for the district are:
- Thursdays: 5-10PM
- Fridays: 5-11PM
- Saturdays: 10AM-11PM
Patrons must remain within the prescribed district with their drinks. The district goes down to South Marietta Parkway and north to Polk Street, as well as one block east of Atlanta Street that includes some other restaurants.
Why did the City Council decide to start the trial period now?
Proponents of the law claimed that the open container law would allow for a much-needed economic boost in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
City Council member Michelle Kelly was quoted in the Marietta Daily Journal as saying she supported the law for these reasons:
“being able to help those businesses thrive, and just the popularity in our residents wanting to see an open container allowance in our entertainment district”
What does this mean for DUIs and other alcohol-related charges?
Because of the new law, we may see an increase in alcohol-related charges, including DUI charges in the Marietta area.
However, not every charge is valid, and you should still contact a Marietta attorney for your defense.
Additionally, because you have such a limited amount of time to contest your suspended license and the seriousness of DUI charges in Georgia, you should call an attorney as soon as you receive notice of your charge.
Contact Frye Law Group today
This new law is an exciting opportunity for Marietta, but don’t let it come at a cost. Kim Keheley Frye is an experienced criminal defense attorney with the skills and experience necessary to help you through any accusations. Contact us for a free consultation today.