Maybe you had a little too much to drink and there is not an accessible
bathroom in sight. When this occurs, it may be easy to think popping into
an alleyway to relieve yourself can cause no harm. However, urinating
in public is illegal in every state, and in Texas, you can even be charged
as a sex offender for the crime.
Urinating in Public Is Seen As Indecent Exposure
Urinating in public results in the accused exposing their genitals. Under
Texas law, when genitals are exposed with the intent of sexually arousing
or gratifying any person, it can be charged as indecent exposure. While
you may be urinating in order to relieve your bladder, if someone else
sees you urinating, the failure to account for their observation can be
Indecent exposure is a misdemeanor crime in Texas, and carries the following
- 180 days in county jail
- $2,000 fine
- Community service
If the judge trying the case determines that the public urination was done
with the intent to be sexually gratifying, they may determine to put you
on the sex offender registry. This will affect what types of employment
you are able to hold, where you can live, and will follow you for the
rest of your life.
If you have been charged with indecent exposure, you may have some available
defenses, including lack of intent, intoxication, and the age of the accused.
No matter what, being accused of indecent exposure due to public urination
needs serious defense. Making a brash, truly harmless decision should
not result in you being labeled as a sexual offender for the rest of your life.
For any criminal charges you may be facing, contact the Plano criminal
defense attorneys at The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC right away!