While most people support sex offender registration laws, many still fear the repercussions of getting labeled as a sex offender for a non-sexual act. One of the most common concerns is that simply urinating in public could be considered a sex crime, possibly ruining someone’s life for what should be a minor infraction. Because these types of crimes can be complex and are often up for debate, it is generally advisable to speak with a San Diego sex crimes defense lawyer if you have any questions.
The good news is that you probably won’t get charged with a sex crime simply for urinating in public. In fact, California doesn’t even have any state ordinances dealing with the subject and only outlaws urinating in a public transportation vehicle. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can wander around urinating everywhere you go. San Diego county outlaws peeing in any place open to the public or exposed to public view, and state law allows for public urination to qualify as disorderly conduct, a public nuisance or indecent exposure depending on the circumstances. Anyone charged with any of these crimes should speak with a top San Diego criminal attorney as soon as possible, but it is still worth noting that only one of these charges is considered a sex crime.
Fortunately, while indecent exposure is a sex crime, it is rarely applicable to those relieving themselves in public because the crime requires the prosecution prove you willingly exposed yourself in public with the intent to bring attention to your genitals for the sexual motivation of yourself or another person. In other words, unless you were actively trying to get someone to look at your genitals while you relieved yourself in order to arouse yourself or someone else, you haven’t committed indecent exposure. If you are charged with this crime though, it is absolutely critical you not say anything to the police or prosecution without first speaking to your San Diego sex crimes attorney. A good lawyer may still be able to have the charges changed or reduced as long as you do not incriminate yourself by saying something that will hurt your case.
If you are accused of any crime related to public urination, please call Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation with a top San Diego criminal lawyer.
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