Public Urination in New York

Are you or someone you know in trouble for public urination in New York? Public urination (the violating of the New York State Health Code 153.09 or 116-18 of the New York City Administrative Code) can be a minor or serious charge depending on how the summons was issued to the alleged offender.

§153.09 Throwing or dropping offensive matter into streets, public places, rivers and other places prohibited.
No person shall throw or put any blood, swill, brine, offensive animal matter, noxious liquid, dead animals, offal, putrid or stinking vegetable or animal matter or other filthy matter of any kind, and no person shall allow any such matter to run or fall into any street, public place, sewer, receiving basin or river, any standing or running water or into any other waters of the City as defined in §145.01.

Since it is very easy to find locations with free shower or bath in New York, it can be tedious for you and your  legal representation (see below for a list) to fight the charges which can harm a  potential professional career by denial and non-renewal of (driver’s, medical, etc.) licenses need to practice in New York State legally.

§ 116-18 Littering prohibited. 1. No person shall litter, sweep, throw
  or  cast,  or  direct, suffer or permit any servant, agent, employee, or
  other person under his or her control, to litter, sweep, throw  or  cast
  any  ashes, garbage, paper, dust or other rubbish and refuse of any kind
  whatsoever, in or upon any street  or  public  place,  vacant  lot,  air
  shaft, areaway, backyard court or alley.
    2.  (a)  Every  owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or person in charge of
  any building or premises shall keep and cause to be kept  the  sidewalk,
  flagging  and  curbstone  abutting  said  building or premises free from
  obstruction and nuisances of every kind, and shall keep said  sidewalks,
  flagging,  curbstones,  and  air shafts, areaways, backyards, courts and
  alleys free from garbage, refuse,  rubbish,  litter,  debris  and  other
  offensive  material.  Such  persons  shall  also remove garbage, refuse,
  rubbish,  litter,  debris  and  other  offensive  material  between  the
  curbstone  abutting  the  building  or  premises  and  the  roadway area
  extending one and one-half feet from the curbstone into  the  street  on
  which  the  building or premises front. Such persons shall not, however,
  be responsible for cleaning the garbage, refuse, rubbish, litter, debris
  and other offensive material which accumulates at catch  basins  located
  within  the  one  and one-half foot distance from the curbstone into the
    (b) Every owner, lessee, tenant or person in charge of any vacant  lot
  shall  keep  and  cause  to be kept the sidewalk, flagging and curbstone
  abutting said vacant lot free from obstruction and  nuisances  of  every
  kind,  and  shall keep said sidewalks, flagging and curbstones free from
  garbage, refuse, rubbish, litter, debris and other  offensive  material.
  Every  owner, lessee, tenant or person in charge of any vacant lot shall
  keep and cause to be kept said vacant lot  free  from  garbage,  refuse,
  rubbish, litter, debris and other offensive material. Such persons shall
  also remove garbage, refuse, rubbish, litter, debris and other offensive
  material  between  the curbstone abutting the vacant lot and the roadway
  area extending one and one-half feet from the curbstone into the  street
  on  which  the  vacant  lot  fronts. Such persons shall not, however, be
  responsible for cleaning the garbage, refuse,  rubbish,  litter,  debris
  and  other  offensive material which accumulates at catch basins located
  within the one and one-half foot distance from the  curbstone  into  the
    3.  No  lime,  ashes,  coal, dry sand, hair, waste paper, feathers, or
  other substance that is in a similar manner liable to be  blown  by  the
  wind,  shall be sieved, agitated, or exposed, nor shall any mat, carpet,
  or cloth be shaken or  beaten,  nor  shall  any  cloth,  yarn,  garment,
  material or substance be scoured or cleaned, nor shall any rags, damaged
  merchandise,  barrels, boxes, or broken bales of merchandise or goods be
  placed, kept, or exposed in any place where they or particles  therefrom
  will  pass  into  any  street  or  public  place,  or  into any occupied
  premises, nor shall any usual or any reasonable precautions  be  omitted
  by any person to prevent fragments or any substances from falling to the
  detriment  or  peril of life or health, or dust or light material flying
  into any street, place, or building,  from  any  building  or  erection,
  while  the  same is being altered, repaired or demolished, or otherwise.
  In demolishing any building or part thereof, the material to be  removed
  shall be properly wet in order to lay dust incident to its removal.
    4. No one, being the owner, or in charge or in control of any vehicle,
  or  of  any  receptacle,  shall  litter,  drop or spill, or permit to be
  littered, dropped or spilled any dirt, sand, gravel, clay,  loam,  stone
  or  building rubbish, hay, straw, oats, sawdust, shavings or other light
  materials of any sort,  or  manufacturing,  trade  or  household  waste,
  refuse, rubbish of any sort, or ashes, manure, garbage, or other organic
  refuse or other offensive matter, in or upon any street or public place.
    5. No person shall throw, cast or distribute, or cause or permit to be
  thrown,  cast  or  distributed,  any  handbill, circular, card, booklet,
  placard or other advertising matter whatsoever, in or upon any street or
  public place, or in a front yard or courtyard, or on any  stoop,  or  in
  the  vestibule  of any hall in any building, or in a letter box therein;
  provided that nothing herein contained shall be deemed  to  prohibit  or
  otherwise  regulate the delivery of any such matter by the United States
  postal service,  or  prohibit  the  distribution  of  sample  copies  of
  newspapers  regularly  sold  by the copy or by annual subscription. This
  section is not intended to prevent the lawful distribution  of  anything
  other than commercial and business advertising matter.
    6.  No swill, brine, offensive animal matter, noxious liquid, or other
  filthy matter of any kind, shall be allowed by any person to  fall  upon
  or run into any street, or public place, or be taken to or put therein.
    7.  (a)  No person shall prevent or interfere with any employee of the
  department of sanitation in the sweeping or cleaning of any street or in
  the removal of sweepings, ashes, garbage, rubbish, snow, ice,  or  other
  refuse material.
    (b)  No  person,  other  than  an  authorized employee or agent of the
  department shall disturb or remove any ashes, garbage or light refuse or
  rubbish placed by householders, or their tenants,  or  by  occupants  or
  their  servants, within the stoop or area line, or in front of houses or
  lots, for removal, unless requested by residents of such houses.
    8. The violation of any provision of this section shall constitute  an
  offense  punishable  by  a  fine of not less than fifty dollars nor more
  than two hundred fifty dollars, or by imprisonment  not  to  exceed  ten
  days or both.
    9. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be liable
  for  a  civil  penalty  of not less than fifty dollars nor more than two
  hundred fifty dollars, except that for a second violation of subdivision
  one, three, four, or six of this section within any twelve-month period,
  such person shall be liable for a civil penalty of  not  less  than  two
  hundred  fifty dollars nor more than three hundred fifty dollars and for
  a third or subsequent violation of subdivision one, three, four  or  six
  of  this  section  within  any  twelve-month period such person shall be
  liable for a civil penalty of not less than three hundred fifty  dollars
  nor more than four hundred fifty dollars.
    10.  In  the instance where the notice of violation, appearance ticket
  or summons is issued for breach of the provisions of  this  section  and
  sets   forth  thereon  civil  penalties  only,  such  process  shall  be
  returnable to the environmental control  board,  which  shall  have  the
  power  to impose the civil penalties hereinabove provided in subdivision
  nine of this section.
    11. In the event that a  violator  fails  to  answer  such  notice  of
  violation,  appearance  ticket  or  summons  within  the  time  provided
  therefor by the rules  and  regulations  of  the  environmental  control
  board,  he  or  she  shall  become  liable for additional penalties. The
  additional penalties shall not exceed four  hundred  fifty  dollars  for
  each violation.

Once you receive your pink ticket to appear in court, be sure to show up on time. If you can not appear in court or missed your court date, you will want to get the aid of an attorney to interact with the court on your behalf. To get the proper legal defense you need, please contact the New York Bar Association for a referal or one the legal representations listed below.

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(Bet. W. 213th & W. 214th Street)
New York, NY 10034-1655
P: 1-646-633-4563

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(Bet. Front & South Street )
New York, NY 10005
P: 1-212-786-2999

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