Will Public Urination Lead to Being Charged As a Sex Offender?

Will Public Urination Lead to Being Charged As a Sex Offender?

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 considered indecent.

Indecent exposure is a misdemeanor crime in Texas, and carries the following penalties:

  • 180 days in county jail
  • $2,000 fine
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Restitution

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!