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Did You Know Urinating in Public Can Lead to Public Indecency Charges in Colorado?

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Oct 03, 2016 | 0 Comments

If caught urinating in public, you could face Public Indecency charges in Colorado.
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Public Indecency charges occur in Denver and across Colorado whenever a person performs an act of sexual intercourse in public, exposes an intimate part (not including the genitals) to arouse or satisfy the sexual desire of any person, fondles or caresses someone else's body, or exposes their genitals to another person. In many Public Indecency cases in Colorado, men and women are often at the wrong place at the wrong time, especially when it comes to public urination. If you are caught urinating / peeing in public, there is a chance you could face charges of Public Indecency for exposing your genitals or intimate parts to the view of others. You should always involve an experienced criminal defense attorney if facing an arrest or accusation of Public Indecency, C.R.S. 18-7-301.  In some cities, this crime is simply charged as Urinating in Public, and no exposure of your genitals is necessary.

Urinating in Public or Peeing Outside in Arapahoe and Jefferson County – Public Indecency Charges for Exposed Genitals or Intimate Parts

If you are found peeing or urinating in public in Arapahoe or Jefferson County, it's possible you could face charges of Public Indecency. Take an example of a college man who goes tubing with friends. While there, he relieves himself near the reservoir, thinking he is out of sight. Unfortunately for him, a mother and her children happen to see him, and the mother complains to police. Police arrest him for Public Indecency, alleging he knowingly exposed his genitals to the view of others, causing alarm. Of course, prosecutors must prove he knew he was exposing his genitals, and that the mother and children were “alarmed” in order for him to face a conviction. Or, perhaps someone has a medical problem that makes them have to go to the bathroom frequently, and they relieve themselves before being able to make it to a public restroom. If spotted by other people or police, they could face Public Indecency charges.  Or, as another example, someone may be caught urinating in public from behind, and later face charges for “mooning” another person. There are many cases where people are just at the wrong place at the wrong time when urinating in public. In every one of these cases, the involvement of a criminal defense attorney is imperative, because the charge is defensible.

Public Indecency Consequences in Douglas and Adams County, Colorado

Public Indecency is normally a petty offense in Douglas and Adams County, Colorado. However, upon 2 or more convictions of Public Indecency where you knowingly expose your genitals to the view of another person, causing alarm, Public Indecency becomes a class 1 misdemeanor. Additionally, you may have to register as a sex offender depending on if you committed a second or third offense of Public Indecency where you knowingly exposed your genitals to someone and caused alarm. That offense must have been committed within five years of the previous offense. Because of the risks of lengthy jail time, a marred criminal record or reputation, and the possibility of sex offender registration and treatment, you should always involve an experienced Public Indecency lawyer to defend you. Our attorneys will work tirelessly for a favorable plea deal, a case dismissal or reduced charges. Call us today.

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If you or a loved one faces Public Indecency charges after urinating in public in Colorado, be smart and exercise your right to remain silent. Then, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Or, submit the “Get Help Now” form. Together, we can protect your future.

About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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