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Urinating in Public in DC

Urinating in Public in the District of Columbia

Urinating in Public in the District of Columbia

So you were at a bar, and now waiting for your uber (whew no Drunk driving charge) but you have to go to the bathroom and there is a dumpster in the alley.    You walk to the dumpster and while you are relieving yourself, police stop you and arrest you for urinating in Public.  You would be surprised how many people are arrested for this offense every weekend in the District of Columbia.   First and foremost, this is not the end of the world. This will not end your career goal of being the next President of the United States.   If anything it’s just embarrassing.   The police officer gave you a citation to appear for arraignment in DC Superior Court.

The law in the District of Columbia of Columbia for Urinating in Public

§ 22–1321. Disorderly conduct
“….(e) It is unlawful for a person to urinate or defecate in public, other than in a urinal or toilet.”
The possible penalty is 90 days and/or $500.00 fine.

What will happen when I go to court?

You will be ordered to report to Courtroom 115, 116, or 120.   The courtroom depends on what district you were arrested in.   The 1st court date is referred to as an arraignment.   The Judge tells you the charge and sets conditions of release, usually just personal recognizance.

Do I need a Lawyer when I go to Court for Urinating in Public in the District of Columbia?

Yes, you should hire a lawyer before you go to court.  Not because of the fear of getting locked up or given some huge fine.   Let’s be honest, in 20 years of practice, I have never seen a first offender be incarcerated for urinating in Public.   The reason you hire a lawyer is to minimize the amount of time you spend in Court and for the attorney to try to resolve the case as quick as possible without getting a criminal record.

Will I have a criminal Record?

This is the main reason you should hire a lawyer so you don’t walk out with a criminal record and have to explain to every employer for the next 20 years why you have a misdemeanor conviction on your record.   Generally, most of the cases are eligible for diversion.

How Much will this Cost me?

We are probably the most cost conscious lawyers in the District of Columbia.   Minor misdemeanors should not break the bank.   Read our blog on fees.  Give us a call and we will help you through this process.

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