Under Texas law, public urination falls under the category of disorderly conduct. Disorderly conduct is considered a Class C misdemeanor, typically punishable by a fine of up to $500. In Texas, an individual commits disorderly conduct when they expose either their anus or genitals in a public place and is reckless in their regard as to whether another individual may be present who could be offended or alarmed by this act. City and county ordinances also specify that it is illegal to urinate on public property and private property if it is visible to the general public.
If you have been charged with public urination and are concerned about being labeled a sex offender, contact The Greening Law Group of College Station, TX, and ask to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified defense attorneys.
Does a Conviction for Public Urination Automatically Label a Person as a Sex Offender?
It should be stated that Texas does not consider public urination to be a sexual offense. However, if you are charged with public urination, you could also be charged with indecent exposure or lewdness. These types of charges can require defendants to register as sex offenders.
If a minor was present during the public urination, this only adds to the problem. If this element is present, you could face a whole host of other criminal charges, and if convicted, you could be placed on the sex offender registry.
Is it Common to be Placed on the Sex Offender Registry for Public Urination?
It is extremely rare for an individual to be placed on the sex offender registry for a first-time public urination offense. Typically, public urination is regarded as a minor crime. Most courts impose sentences that require offenders to pay a fine or complete community service. Nevertheless, the court may not be as lenient with you if you are a repeat offender.
Nevertheless, suppose the arresting officer determines that you exposed yourself with reckless disregard for others who may have been present. In that case, you could be arrested for indecent exposure, which very well could land you on the sex offender registry.
What are the Penalties for Public Urination?
If you are convicted of public urination, some of the possible penalties include the following:
- Up to 180 days in county jail
- Supervised probation
- Perform community service
- Pay a fine of up to $2,000 and restitution if applicable
Do I Need a Lawyer to Defend Me on a Public Urination Charge?
Many individuals consider public urination to be a minor crime. However, due to the chance that you could potentially be charged with indecent exposure, you should still seek legal advice from a qualified attorney. In addition, being placed on the sex offender registry can have negative lifelong consequences.
Contact The Greening Law Group by calling 979-779-2000 to schedule a free consultation.