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Urinating in Public

Posted on February 4, 2020 in Firm News

Scottsdale Police Department officers frequently arrest people for Urinating in Public in the city of Scottsdale, leading to prosecution in the Scottsdale Municipal Court.  Urinating in Public is prohibited by Scottsdale City Code Section 19-19.  That law makes it unlawful to urinate in a place exposed to public view.  The Scottsdale City Code’s Urinating in Public law is one of the toughest in the State, and a violation is a Class 1 Misdemeanor.

Therefore, as a tourist visiting the city of Scottsdale, this may come as a shock to you.  If you happen to be enjoying the bar scene in Old Town Scottsdale and must relieve yourself outside, you may find yourself facing criminal prosecution in the Scottsdale Municipal Court. We see this violation most charged in the old town Scottsdale general area. This area of Scottsdale has a high concentration of restaurants and bars that is busy year-round with tourists. In turn, this becomes an easy target area for Scottsdale police to patrol for people in violation of this city code.

What are the penalties for Urinating in Public?

Since the city of Scottsdale are particularly known to be aggressive enforcing this law, the penalties for this violation is a Class 1 Misdemeanor. A Class one Misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of up to 6 months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, and up to 3 years of probation.  A violation of Scottsdale City Code Section 19-19 for Urinating in Public carries a minimum fine of $150.

Apart from the potential jail time, fines, and possible probation, a conviction for Urinating in Public will stay on your record until new DUI expungement laws in Arizona take effect in 2023.

Facing a Urinating in Public Charge

If you are facing a Urinating in Public case in the Scottsdale Municipal Court, don’t face it alone.  You need an attorney on your side who can help you find the best possible defenses so that you can get the best possible outcome in your case.  The team at the Rosenstein Law Group has handled hundreds of Urinating in Public cases in the Scottsdale Municipal Court and is aggressive, smart, and effective in its representation.  With your free consultation we can begin working on an individualized defense for your case.  Call today at 480-248-7666 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.

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