I recall that where I used to live and brew my own stuff there was a legal limit on the amount of beer I could brew each year. And I also know that some places have rules about where you have to have beer in your vehicle when transporting it. But I had no idea that simply transporting too much beer could itself be a crime:
"We don't see a lot of these types of cases," Womack said. "It's not often someone has that much beer in their car." With many people planning New Year's parties, officials caution drivers to be aware of alcoholic beverage restrictions and laws. Alabama Criminal Codes state transporting more than five gallons of alcohol is a felony offense punishable by no less than one year but no more than five years in prison. Drivers are allowed to possess three quarts of liquor or three quarts of wine along with one case of brewed or malt beverages. However, no beverages may be kept in the passenger compartment of a vehicle or within sight of the passenger.
Wouldn't it be great to be the guy who learns that there is a crime that silently sitting on the books waiting for you, waiting for the day you tell your buddy, sure, you will help him drive a load to the the bar. And then you learn that the offence has a minimum sentence of one year in prison? Fabulous. That would be one of the most fabulous ways could learn a bit more about the law. Heck, I'd pay say a $125 for a Liquor Control Act violation if found myself in the situation. That might be fair. But a minimum year in jail? What the heck is that about?