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Open container in a motor vehicle is a misdemeanor in South Carolina, in violation of Section 61-4-110 of the South Carolina Code of Laws. Here is a link:
If you paid a fine, it would have gone down on your record as a conviction. And, it would still be there today on your criminal record.
The best way to handle this on a job application is to be honest. There are very few people out there who don't have some type of minor violations on their record, either traffic offenses or misdemeanors. That makes you human. The fact that it happened so long ago, and you were likely very young when it happened, will work in your favor.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
I apologize for the delay in responding to your last post. Just Answer did not send me an email notification about it until late this afternoon, so I didn't realize it was there.
I'm not able to find a SC state code violation regarding open container in a public place (only the open container in a motor vehicle statute, which I've previously cited). Were you cited in a city/town in SC, under a local ordinance?