Public Urination Citation in Costa Mesa | CMMC 11-4(a)

November 5, 2016

If you’ve been cited urinating in public or formally called “Performing Excretory Function in Public” in the City of Costa Mesa, then the police officer likely cited you under Costa Mesa Municipal Code 11-4(a).[1]  Typically, this violation is a misdemeanor offense and a court appearance is mandatory at the West Justice Center.  Consequently, someone cited for this offense faces a large fine and up to six (6) months in the county jail.  Furthermore, a conviction for misdemeanor public urination will be permanently noted on someone’s criminal record.

CMMC 11-4(a) makes it a crime for someone to urinate, defecate or otherwise discard human waste on private property exposed to public view, or on any public street, sidewalk, park, and more.  However, those who suffer from illness, infection, or disease who cannot control their bodily function are except from this crime.

To prevent a misdemeanor conviction appearing on your criminal record, contact an Newport Beach criminal defense lawyer Criminal Defense Attorney at the Law Office of John D. Rogers for a free confidential consultation if you’ve been cited for CMMC 11-4(a).  By hiring our office, you will not need to attend the court hearing and we will strive to substantially reduce the charge or dismiss the case completely.



[1] (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to urinate, defecate or otherwise discard or dispose of human wastes or excretion on private property in an area exposed to the public view, or on any public street, sidewalk, alley, park, parkway, parking lot or other public place, except in a toilet receptacle provided for such purpose within the structure of a restroom, bathroom or other enclosure.

(b) Anyone who, by reason of illness, infection, disease or other physical infirmity is unable to control his or her excretory functions shall be exempt from the provisions of subsection (a). Loss of control of excretory functions brought on by the voluntary ingestion of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicants, depressants or hallucinogens shall not be exempt from the provisions of subsection (a).

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