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Colorado’s law against public indecency (CRS 18-7-301) makes it illegal to knowingly expose your genitals to someone else in a way that is “likely to cause affront or alarm.” This includes public urination.
A petty offense, peeing in public carries up to 10 days in jail and/or $300.1
What is public indecency under CRS 18-7-301?
Colorado’s public indecency law prohibits four things:
Acts of sexual intercourse,
Lewd exposures of intimate body parts, not including the genitals, to arouse or satisfy a sexual desire,
A lewd fondling of someone else, and
Knowingly exposing your genitals to someone else in a way that is likely to cause affront or alarm.
The law only applies to conduct that is done either:
In a public place, or
Where it is reasonably expected to be seen by a member of the public.
Public indecency therefore comprises public urination since it involves knowingly exposing your genitals to the public.2
What are the penalties for public urination?
A public urination conviction under CRS 18-7-301 is a petty offense carrying:
up to 10 days in jail and/or
up to $300 in fines.3
Note that public indecency – which includes peeing in public – is a relatively new crime. Before it was made law in 2010, public urination could be prosecuted as a serious sex offense requiring sex offender registration.4
How do I defend against the charges?
From our extensive experience fighting public indecency charges, our criminal defense team has been able to get public urination charges dismissed by arguing:
You were falsely accused;
You were the victim of mistaken identity; or
You were suffering from a medical episode beyond your control, such as a seizure.
you were unaware that the public could see you; or
you had no intention to cause alarm.5
Is "urinating in public" a crime in Colorado? [2022 UPDATES IN DESCRIPTION]
Is public urination legal in Denver?
No. In 2017, the Denver City Council reduced the penalties for public urination and defecation from a maximum of one year in jail and $999 in fines down to a maximum of 60 days in jail. Despite what some articles say online, peeing in public remains against the law in Denver.6
Michael Becker has over a quarter-century's worth of experience as an attorney and more than 100 trials under his belt. He is a sought-after legal commentator and is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Nevada, California, and Florida.