My question involves criminal law for the state of: My son was involved in an accident with a pedestrian. The pedestrian was injured. First arrival officers handcuffed my son and searched his vehicle. There was an open container, full, in the floor console of the vehicle. Accident was caught on video, no driving charges against my son. He was under the speed limit and had the green light at the intersection. He was given a field sobriety test and passed. Was not intoxicated. Open container supposedly belonged to his passenger. As I understand, it doesn't matter whose container it was. As owner of the vehicle, he is responsible and takes the charges. He was given a court date and a fine of $262.50. As I read it, the fine is supposed to only be $100 for this violation in South Carolina. Why the difference in charges? As I also understand, this is a criminal charge which remains on permanent record. How will this effect his future? Does this show on vehicle insurance? Is there a way to remove this from his record? Please help me understand the impacts of this and any options. Thank you.