If you’ve gotten a municipal ticket for public urination, you may be able to fight it – and that might be in your best interest. Municipal tickets can be expensive, and people will likely be able to see them on your record. Sometimes public urination isn’t “just a ticket,” though. Sometimes it falls under the crime of disorderly conduct, and the penalties for that can be serious.
Public Urination Tickets vs. Disorderly Conduct Crimes
Municipal tickets can be pretty serious. They’re handed out for things that violate municipal ordinances, such as not urinating in public. Disorderly conduct is a little different, though, and if you’re convicted, you could end up spending time in jail.
If you’ve been charged with disorderly conduct, you may want to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. The law on disorderly conduct says the state can convict you of the crime if you fall into this category:
“Whoever, in a public or private space, engages in violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct under circumstances in which the conduct tends to cause or provoke a disturbance.”
Disorderly conduct is a Class B misdemeanor, which means if you’re convicted, you’re looking at up to 90 days in jail and fines of up to $1,000. (Wouldn’t you rather get a municipal ticket?)
What to Do if You’ve Received a Public Urination Ticket or if You’ve Been Charged With Disorderly Conduct
If you’ve received a municipal ticket for public urination or you’ve been charged with disorderly conduct, you may want to talk to an attorney as soon as possible. Either situation can have long-lasting and far-reaching consequences, so legal guidance can be tremendously helpful. You can call us at 414-383-6700 to ask questions about how the law applies in your situation – we’ll be happy to give you a free consultation.