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What qualifies as indecent exposure?

I was in a park the other night, cutting through on the way to my house, when I really needed to "relieve myself". There were no children in the park as it was late, roughly 11pm or so. I thought I was alone and relieved myself on a nearby tree when I was "spot-lighted". Next thing I know, an officer is telling me I'm exposing myself at this park and I'm receiving a ticket for doing so. I've been "relieving" outside since a child, so what counts here?

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    Ben Echols | Law Office of Ben Echols
    530 Barstow Road
    Barstow, CA 92311
    (760) 927-2106
    Believe it or not, that is a crime. I would talk with with a good criminal defense lawyer to defend me.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 5/29/2013
    Geoffrey M. Yaryan | Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    74-075 El Paseo, Suite A-14
    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    (760) 779-9666
    Indecent exposure requires a sexual intent, that doesn't seem to be what you were doing.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 5/29/2013
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    39300 Civic Center Drive #110
    Fremont, CA 94538
    (510) 792-5110
    You have to know someone is present and expose yourself to them.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 5/29/2013
    Joseph A. Katz | Law Office of Joseph A. Katz
    40485 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd
    Murrieta, CA 92563
    (951) 695-1945
    Since a violation of Penal Code section 314 ('Lewd Conduct in Public') is subject to/punishable by lifetime registration as a sex offender pursuant to Penal Code section 290, do not plead guilty, whatever you do. A jury might see (one would hope, based upon what you said were the circumstances of the incident) that your conduct was not lewd. It is very possible that the District Attorney will agree to a less serious disposition not requiring registration prior to trial. It would behoove you not to relieve yourself in front of police officers, as well, particularly those equipped with spotlights. I have handled similar cases in the past. The threat of prosecution with such serious charges is a real problem for those with bladder and prostate issues, which often render the person unable to resist the urge to urinate. The alternative to finding as secluded a spot as possible for what would essentially be a medical emergency would be to soil one's clothing.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 5/29/2013
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