It's taking longer than we thought. Can I be charged with indecent exposure if I stay on my own private property? Is it illegal to answer my door naked? What about if people can see me from the street? Can I be naked in my front yard as long as I stay on my property? Chris SDStaff Gfactor replies:
Public Urination Laws and Penalties
Can I be charged with indecent exposure if I stay on my own private property? – The Straight Dope
By Janet Portman , Attorney Urinating in public is illegal in every state. Defendants may be charged under a law that specifically criminalizes the act, or the prosecutor may allege that the defendant presented a public nuisance or is guilty of disorderly conduct. A harsher approach is to charge defendants with indecent exposure or public lewdness, which are crimes that may require convicted defendants to register as a sex offender. Many city and county criminal ordinances also prohibit public urination. For information on public lewdness, see our article on Public Lewdness. Criminal Penalties for Conviction State law usually classifies disorderly conduct and similar crimes as misdemeanors , which are less serious offenses than felonies. Penalties for a misdemeanor may include incarceration in county jail for up to a year, except in Ohio, which allows misdemeanor sentences to extend to two years , payment of a fine, and community service.
Can I be charged with indecent exposure if I stay on my own private property?
But obviously if the police officer saw you you were not in any way hidden from public view. Now, it could be bumped up to an even bigger offense say if you urinated in the middle of a playground with a bunch of kids there. Heard of indecent exposure laws? What concerns me here is the police officer drawing his gun.