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Public Urination in New York: A Lawyer's Guide
NYC Public Urination
The New York Public Urination Summons
There's nothing quite like New York City traditions in the summertime: Catching some rays on Central Park's Sheep Meadow, a burger and fries at the Shake Shack in Madison Park, the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy, stumbling out of a bar at 4am and unfortunately, public urination.
For many Manhattan vendors, with the influx of tourists and return home of college students, business picks up in the summer. The same can be said of criminal defense lawyers, who are often called upon to represent residents and tourists alike for violations of New York City's laws against marijuana possession, public intoxication, and public urination. In particular, public urination summons count for nearly half of all citations issued during the summer months.
For the uninitiated, here's what you need to know about public urination laws in New York City:
- You may not use the streets, alleyways or parks to relieve yourself, regardless of the lack of available restrooms;
- If you are caught urinating, about to urinate, or after urinating in Manhattan, expect to receive a pink summons (or pink ticket) to appear in Criminal Court (either at 346 Broadway or 314 W. 54th Street); in Brooklyn, you may be summoned to appear at 88-94 Visitation Place; in Queens, public urination summonses are heard at 125-01 Queens Blvd. Here is a complete list of New York City Criminal Courts.
- There are two laws that prohibit public urination: 153.09 is a Health Code violation and is treated as a misdemeanor; 16-118 is an Administrative Code violation and is treated as a violation;
- Pleading guilty or being found guilty of a misdemeanor is likely to subject individuals to enhanced scrutiny in job searches, immigration proceedings, and obtaining a business license from New York State or New York City.
- Pleading guilty or being found guilty of a violation may subject individuals to greater scrutiny in job searches, immigration proceedings, and obtaining a business license from New York State or New York City.
- Under no circumstances should you plead guilty to any crime without speaking to a criminal defense attorney.
- Most attorneys charge between $500-$1500 to handle a public urination case, depending on the number of appearances required to resolve the case; however, most competent lawyers should be able to dispense with the case at the initial appearance;
- Very few criminal defense lawyers regularly handle these types of cases. For the best possible result, defendants should hire a lawyer who specifically handles public urination cases.
- A highly competent public urination lawyer should be able to obtain an ACD or dismissal in many instances, and under no circumstances will allow a client to plead guilty to or be found guilty of a misdemeanor public urination.
- The typical fine for one found guilty of a public urination violation is $50.
- When considering whether to hire a lawyer for your public urination charge, one should also take into consideration that most lawyers do not require your appearance for these types of cases and therefore can save you from taking a day off of work, travel expenses, and sometimes spending hours waiting in a long security line (that is frequently wrapped around the building) and several more hours sitting on a wooden bench in a crowded courtroom.
The bottom line is that public urination is one of the most common 'criminal' activities in New York City and the NYPD enforces public urination laws aggressively. But no matter how ridiculous or absurd you think it is, being charged with a criminal misdemeanor is no joke. Take it as seriously as you take your livelihood.
Other Useful Articles and Links
- How to Beat a NYC Public Urination Ticket or Summons
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- New York Public Urination Lawyer - Fight Your NYC Public Urination Ticket!
Author of this article and New York Criminal Defense Lawyer Jason Stern handles a variety of criminal cases, including NYC public urination pink summons cases.
About the Author
Attorney and author Jason Stern has been featured on or been quoted as an expert or authority for the New York Times, Fox News, Good Morning America, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Headline News, Huffington Post, ABC, CBS, Bottom Line Magazine, Men’s Vogue, BBC UK, Dallas Morning News, US News & World Report and countless other television, newspaper and media.
His criminal defense practice encompasses the areas of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Long Island, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties.
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Location of Criminal Court at 346 Broadway in Manhattan
The location of the main Criminal Courthouse for Public Urination summons violations in New York City.