Toddler Pees in Public: Isn't This Normal Behavior?
Apparently, the toddler was in the midst of being potty trained, and couldn't find a restroom nearby. So, he unzipped and peed in his front yard. A nearby policeman saw what happened, and ticketed the mother for her son's public urination. Now, I ask that you step back and ask yourself a question: Is it really that weird for a toddler to pee in public? If you've had kids, younger siblings, or nieces and nephews, you'll know the answer. It isn't weird for a child to pee in public. It isn't socially acceptable, but it isn't a criminal act. After national outrage over the incident, the police department dropped all charges and issued an apology. Thankfully, law enforcement was humble enough to realize they made a mistake. Fortunately, he wasn't charged with Indecent Exposure. Police officers and sheriff's deputies in Arapahoe, El Paso, and Douglas County aren't always so willing to swallow their pride.[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”70%”]A child peeing in public shouldn't be a criminal act.[/pullquote]
Public Urination = Public Indecency in Colorado
In Colorado, Public Indecency – C.R.S. 18-7-301 is often charged when a person urinates in public. A first-time conviction is a petty offense. But, a second conviction results in misdemeanor charges and a much more serious consequence – it is considered to be a sex offense. If you pee in public one too many times, you will be required to register as a sex offender and go through Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) treatment. If you have a habit of using back alleys to relieve yourself after a night out drinking – you might want to reconsider: You don't want to end up going through sex offender treatment with serious sex offenders and registering as a sex offender.
Charged for Public Urination? Why You Need a Lawyer
If you have been charged with Public Indecency for peeing in public in Eagle County, you might think it's not a big deal – after all, a petty offense isn't too bad. Don't fall into this thinking. If you are charged for the same crime in the future, you will be required to register as a sex offender and go through treatment. Don't put yourself in this position – fight the charges against you to avoid a first-time conviction.Request a Free Consultation