Illegal Dumping | DMC 4116

November 6, 2016

In the City of Downey, Downey Municipal Code 4116 governs the charge of “illegal dumping.”[1]  Dumping includes discarding rubbish, garbage, or other forms of debris onto any public road.  In other words, illegal dumping is littering but more severe.  This ordinance was enacted in an effort to keep the city in aesthetically desirable while also considering environmental impact.

Typically, Downey Police Department cites a violation of DMC 4116 when caught urinating in public.  Public urination is a form of disorderly conduct and categorized as a nuisance.  It is a misdemeanor carrying up to six (6) months in the county jail.  All violations are forwarded to the Downey City Attorney’s Office for review.  If charges are filed, then a court appearance will be calendared at the Downey Courthouse.

A misdemeanor conviction carries a permanent notation on someone’s criminal record regardless if they were arrested or not.  Consequently, a conviction could adversely affect someone holding a state license or appear on a background check when applying for employment.  Therefore, if you’ve been cited or arrested for DMC 4116, contact a Criminal Defense Attorney at the Law Office of John D. Rogers for a free confidential consultation.



[1] No person shall place, deposit, throw, or dump, or cause to be placed, deposited, thrown, or dumped, any garbage, swill, sand, rook, cement, glass, metal, cans, bottles, papers, ashes, dirt, carcasses of dead animals, offal, refuse, plants, cuttings, trash, or rubbish of any nature whatsoever or any nauseous, offensive matter in or upon any private road or any public or private property of any kind whatsoever.

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