Most often, if you are issued a summons for public urination in New York you are being charged with a misdemeanor. Generally, the charge can be dismissed in exchange for a plea to a violation and the payment of a fine.
In New York, there are three classification of crimes 1. felony, 2. misdemeanor, 3. violation. A misdemeanor is an offense punishable by up to 1 year in imprisonment. A violation is an offense punishable by not more than 15 days imprisonment.
Generally, a conviction for a misdemeanor will become part of your criminal record. Violations do not become a part of your criminal record. However, see below for other possible negative consequences that should be considered.
Even where no criminal record results, a public urination may result in adverse consequences to your business or career. In particular, those who hold professional licenses or aspire to hold professional licenses should be fully informed as to the possible ramifications of pubic urination.
You will generally be issued a pink public urination ticket which provides you with a court date. If you fail to appear in court a warrant will be issued for your arrest unless an attorney appears on your behalf. This is the only way to resolve the situation. If you have already missed your court date, it is of the utmost importance that you contact an attorney immediately.
While public urination may seem like a minor charge, it has potentially serious consequences. The criminal court system can be complex with many pitfalls for those not familiar with the system. A public urination attorney understands the legal process and can explain to you all of your options and all the issues you should consider.
A public urination lawyer can assist you in appearing in court, in negotiating with the prosecutor, and in entering a negotiated plea.