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​David Dastrup


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Urinating in Public

Yes, people are cited for this all the time. It may have been an emergency due to a medical problem like diabetes or prostrate issues, or may have simply been outside of a bar with no bathroom close by. Regardless of the reason, we have experience getting criminal charges for public urination dismissed.


We see a lot of cases like this, probably because we are located near an area with a lot of night clubs, including some areas in Hermosa and Redondo Beach, or Long Beach California. These areas are served by Torrance Court (aka, Southwest District or South Bay Court) and Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse, more commonly referred to as Long Beach Court.

The Criminal Misdemeanor

The actual criminal misdemeanor charge you are cited for on the ticket might Los Angeles County Code section 11.16.050 for Public Urination.

Many cities have their own municipal code section for urinating in public. There are other possibilities related to this charge that police may have mistakenly accused you of, including lewd conduct, solicitation, or drunk in public, that are found under California Penal Code section 647for Disorderly Conduct.

Penal Code 647 (PC 647) is a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in jail and $1000 fine plus court fees of another $3200, for a total of $4200. There is also risk of probation for 3 years and other consequences. If solicitation, then there may be AIDS testing ordered by the court.

Another code section that comes up is Penal Code 602 (PC 602) for Trespassing. Trespassing is often used as a catch-all or may be something we used to negotiate down from a more serious crime. 

If you or a friend need legal assistance, call our attorney at 310-817-5899.

Urinating in Public