According to Ohio law, to be charged with public urination or defecation, you must have urinated or defecated on any of the following:
- A sidewalk, street, park, alley or yard that’s publicly owned or open for public use
- A wall, floor, doorway, hall, stairway, passageway or anywhere else not designed to be used as a bathroom in a building or structure that’s publicly owned or open for public use
- Anywhere on private property that’s not designed to be used as a bathroom
Public urination or defecation is a fair common charge in Ohio. In general public urination or defecation charges are usually related to the use of alcohol. This is especially true during OSU football season, where tailgaters far out number the available portal-potties.
Depending on your prior record, the punishment for a public urination or defecation conviction can range from a minor misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $150 fine, to a third degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail.
You may also face these additional issues upon conviction:
- Indecent exposure charge
- Depending whether someone saw you and where they saw you (i.e. school)
- A conviction will stay on your record
- Once your record is tarnished, it is extremely difficult to fix
- Employment Issues
- employers are reluctant to hire people with criminal records, even misdemeanors
- College or university applications
- colleges and universities are reluctant to enroll people with criminal records, even misdemeanors
- Naturalization and immigrations
- All criminal records are reported to the Immigration and Naturalization Services and could effect your application
Thus as you can see, public urination charges are no joke! You should contact a professional criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible if you have been charged with public urination.
How can a criminal defense attorney help me?
First and foremost, a criminal defense attorney will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made during their investigation, whether the criminal complaint is proper, and any other legal issues that can be raised on your behalf. This is done by requesting discovery from the prosecutor, who must turn over any and all evidence against you. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, witness statements and potentially video or audio.
If the attorney find any legal weakness (they usually do) in the State of Ohio’s case, he/she will be able to use these weaknesses as leverage to negotiate the best possible plea with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case. You will make the final judgement in whether to accept the plead agreement.
If the prosecutor’s plead agreement is not satisfactory, your criminal defense attorney will then take your case to trial. He/she will be advising and guiding you through the entire trial process from pre-trial conference to sentencing.
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