By Janet Portman , Attorney. Urinating in public is illegal in every state. Defendants may be charged under a law that specifically criminalizes the act, or the prosecutor may allege that the defendant presented a public nuisance or is guilty of disorderly conduct. A harsher approach is to charge defendants with indecent exposure or public lewdness, which are crimes that may require convicted defendants to register as a sex offender. Many city and county criminal ordinances also prohibit public urination.
Public Urination Laws and Penalties
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John Finucane has accepted a community resolution notice for indecent behaviour over the incident in Belfast city centre. The year-old Sinn Fein representative apologised for his actions on 29 June. In a further statement he said he tried to enter his office in Castle Street when he was caught short after a social event but did not have his key. Mr Finucane, who became lord mayor of Belfast in May, is standing in the general election for the North Belfast constituency in what is expected to be a tight race with DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds.
Is urinating in public ever acceptable?
A court ruling has cast doubt on whether urinating in public is a nuisance - as long as no-one sees. So is it really ever acceptable? You are driving along an unfamiliar country road. An urgent dilemma nags at both your bladder and your conscience. With no public toilets in sight, do you carry on in discomfort?
With Melbourne Cup around the corner, and Christmas parties in the works, we often see events get slightly out of hand with many people being charged with relatively minor With Melbourne Cup around the corner, and Christmas parties in the works, we often see events get slightly out of hand with many people being charged with relatively minor offences. Another defence that may be available, is one of honest and reasonable mistake. The mistake must be in relation to a fact, for example, if you honestly did not know, and could not have reasonably known, that you could be seen urinating from street outside your home. If you are caught by police for offensive conduct, the police may choose to give you a criminal infringement notice or a court attendance notice.