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When someone calls us about a public urination ticket and tells us they are already on probation for a DUI and that they have a prior conviction for public urination rather recently, we have doubts whether we can resolve the misdemeanor public urination case for an infraction as we often are able. In the following case, our client was ticketed in downtown Hermosa Beach after he was spotted urinating next to a porta-potty (as photographed below) It was dark and so the client was worried about going inside a dirty porty-potty. With his prior history and being on probation for an alcohol-related offense, how did this case resolve? Click on the following link to find out - https://www.greghillassociates.com/hermosa-beach-misdemeanor-ticket-to-infraction-10-aa-s.html.
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Two of the more common locations for folks to urinate in public in Hermosa Beach is behind the Chase Bank and the other is behind the Bank of America near the taxi pickup area on Hermosa Avenue (pictured below) In the following case, our client was ticketed for public urination behind the Chase Bank. The following case summary is from 2014, but remains relevant insofar as it exemplifies how Hermosa Beach uses plain-clothes police officers, often pretending to be on cell phones, or at least used to do so. Also, it shows how a misdemeanor ticket can be resolved as an infraction, which was a big goal of our client because he worked as an engineer in the defense industry. To read this case summary, click on the following link - https://www.greghillassociates.com/hermosa-beach-urinating-behind-bank-150-fine-10-aa-s.html.
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In the following case, our 23-year-old client was ticketed for public nuisance (Penal Code § 372) as a misdemeanor in Hermosa Beach after a Hermosa Beach police officer observed him urinating into a bush (pictured below). This was a possible violation of probation, as our client was on probation for a wet reckless conviction arising out of an earlier arrest for DUI, so he was worried. Greg suggested that if the client attended 30 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and gave Greg proof of this to take to the arraignment, he might be able to persuade the Redondo Beach City Prosecutor to resolve the case for an infraction for public dumping, Penal Code § 374.3. The client then did attend all 30 such meetings. Was Greg able to resolve this potentially problematic case for an infraction? To read about how it went, click on the following link - https://www.greghillassociates.com/hermosa-beach-misdemeanor-public-urination-infraction.html.
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The following case is one I describe quite often to demonstrate how difficult it is, if not impossible, to avoid a criminal case filing in Torrance after one is caught clearly urinating in public in Hermosa Beach (in a parking structure, photographed below). In this case, our client was no doubt guilty, but he had a job wherein such a conviction would have enormous consequences, which is not uncommon. So he did five days of community service with Habitat for Humanity before the arraignment. What happened at the arraignment? Was the case filed at all? Click on the following link to find out - https://www.greghillassociates.com/hermosa-beach-public-urination-plea-to-infraction-50.html.
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The police in Long Beach do issue public urination tickets, but mostly only in the Pine Street area of downtown. In the following case, originating out of the Shoreline Marina area, our client received a ticket for urinating between two cars in a parking lot. He had a fairly long drive home to Orange County ahead of him. This urinating in public, a violation of Long Beach Municipal Code § 9.25.010, a misdemeanor, was then written on a ticket and handed to him. How did this case end up resolving in the Long Beach courthouse? Click on the following link to find out - https://www.greghillassociates.com/long-beach-public-urination-9-25-010-25-infraction.html.

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Many years ago, Fat Face Fenners Fishack (FFFF) was located in the Pier Plaza area and then moved down Pier Avenue a few blocks. It was a landmark of a restaurant and bar, serving the community for close to forty years before it shut down. Before it closed, our client allegedly urinated in the alleyway behind FFFF and was issued a citation by a Hermosa Beach police officer. Our client told the officer that he did not actually urinate and the officer said “well, tell that to the judge” and handed him a ticket. How did this case end up resolving? Click on the following link to find out - https://www.greghillassociates.com/hermosa-beach-penal-code-372-public-nuisance-dismissed.html.
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A large percentage of our clients caught urinating in public in Hermosa Beach are under 25 and male. Most are ticketed between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. in one of three primary areas. The following case summary involves a 21-year-old client ticketed on his way back to the “new” concrete parking structure to the north of Pier Plaza. The ticket was a shock to our client and when he saw that it was for a misdemeanor, he realized it was more serious than a slap on the wrist $15 parking ticket. How did we help this client, home on vacation from college, resolve this case? Click on the following link to find out - https://www.greghillassociates.com/hermosa-beach-charge-of-public-nuisance-plea-to-infraction.html.
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The maximum fine that can be imposed for public urination as a violation of Penal Code § 372 is a $1000 fine (plus penalties and assessments that boost the total owed to the court to about $4,500). The judge can also sentence the individual to six months in county jail. When our clients read this online, they rightfully become concerned about how the prosecutor and judge will approach their case. To read about a public urination case arising out of Hermosa Beach for our client, age 21, (after urinating on the wall pictured below) click on the following link - https://www.greghillassociates.com/hermosa-beach-public-nuisance-plea-to-infraction-415-2.html.
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The following case summary involving a young man ticketed for public urination in Hermosa Beach exemplifies the anxiety that is common with such a ticket. The gentleman was a recent graduate of U.S.C. and had a solid job. He was 24. Our office was able to negotiate a resolution wherein the client avoided probation and pled only to an infraction, which is the same level of crime as a parking ticket. How did this case resolve this way? Click on the following link to find out - https://www.greghillassociates.com/hermosa-beach-peeing-in-alley-pc-372-plea-to-infraction.html.
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Public urination is taken seriously in Manhattan Beach, as the following case exemplifies. Our client was driving home from an evening in Manhattan Beach and decided to stop by an alley (photographed below) for less than a minute to relieve himself. Just as he did so, he caught the attention of a police officer noticing a car stopped in an alley with its lights on. To the police officer, he suspected something like residential burglary or grand theft auto. However, the situation was far less serious: public urination. How did this Manhattan Beach case resolve for our client? Click on the following link to find out - https://www.greghillassociates.com/manhattan-beach-public-urination-code-4-102-010.html.
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