What is urinating in public in Scottsdale, Arizona?
Video Transcript: Urinating in Public Charges in Scottsdale - R&R Law Group
Only in Scottsdale and only in one kind of very specific area and we’ll take a look at that here on the map. And so this is just a brief map of Old Town, or just a kind of a very narrow snapshot of it, and you can see here, this is Scottsdale road, this is the downtown Scottsdale area where there is a lot of bars. You have Maya, you have Whisky Row, you’ve got Bottled Blonde, you’ve got the W hotel, Wasted Grain. You’ve got all these different places where people love to go and have a good time. They’re out, they’re having some drinks, they’re out with friends and the police will wait for them to leave the bar either at closing time, or when they’re going in between bars, or they’re going to wait for they’re Uber or their Lyft, and they’ll wait in alleys, they’ll wait in some of these side roads.
There’s a lot of side roads kind of around here, or alleyways and so the police will actually hang out there and they’ll wait for people to go and urinate, and so it’s something that happens very frequently and the police are on bicycles and they’re just doing laps and they’re just waiting for something to happen. So that’s kind of the context of how we see this most often. And we see it a lot. You can see here, this is all office, so we’re right down the street from Old Town. We’re in the city of Scottsdale. The Scottsdale city court’s right around here. So we’re there all the time, and we see these very, very often. So that’s kind of an idea of where it’s happening, it’s not happening at baseball games, it’s not happening after a nice restaurant, the dinner at a restaurant. It’s right around these areas where it’s a high concentration of bars, people are out drinking and the bars will shut down, the bouncers will force everybody out, you will not be allowed back in to use the restroom.
It doesn’t matter how badly you have to go. They will force you out, and so sometimes people are kind of left without an alternative and it’s kind of a physical emergency that they’re having. So they have to go to the bathroom, but that’s really where it’s happening, and that’s where we see it a lot. So the question then becomes, okay, if you’ve been charged with this, or somebody you know has been charged with it, what does it mean? What is this going to do to you? What is the penalty? What is the process look like in defending one of these cases? And so that’s what we’re going to jump into throughout the remainder of this video. As I said, this is really focused on the Scottsdale city court, with the Scottsdale prosecutor’s office for the Scottsdale city code. So, if you’re watching this for some other court a lot of this may not be relevant for you. But as I said, we don’t see it anywhere else. So, let’s take a quick look at the law. Really the law, I’m not going to diagram it out or explain it. It says that you’re urinating or defecating in public without using a toilet. It’s really pretty simple. It’s about a one line law and it really doesn’t require a lot of legal interpretation, either you were using the restroom or you weren’t.
You were urinating in an alley or on the road or behind a dumpster or whatever it is. So that’s how it works. Now, the penalties, the law classifies this, the Scottsdale city code classifies this as a class one misdemeanor. So that’s really the highest level of a crime that you can have in Arizona. For any crimes you have class one, class two and class three misdemeanors. And so urinating in public is a class one. This is the highest class of a misdemeanor offense in Arizona. It’s the same class as a DUI, domestic violence, some cases of assault and those types of things. So it is quite serious. Now it doesn’t have any mandatory penalties, meaning you don’t have to go to jail, you don’t have to register as a sex offender, really the only thing that the law says is you have to pay a fine and if there is going to be clean up costs you’re going to be responsible for those as well. But this is where you fall in the grand scheme of things. Again, it’s not a felony, felonies would be up here.
And it’s not a civil violation, which would be below here but it is a class one misdemeanor and so a lot of people are concerned about that. Again you don’t have to register as a sex offender, in our experience. Scottsdale doesn’t require that. Theoretically, there’s a lot of overlap between more serious offenses and urinating in public, but we’ve never seen that. So you don’t have to worry about that too much. But anyways, that where it is in the context of criminal offenses. Okay so, now, if you have been charged with that, obviously you’re watching this video because you want to learn a little bit about what we can do, or what you can do, to avoid having that go on your record. You certainly don’t want to have a urinating in public offense, and so people will call us very frequently and they’ll say, “Hey, this was my first offense, “I was just in town, I was traveling to Arizona. “I wasn’t even, I was staying there for two nights. “I was out at the W, I was in town for a conference”, whatever they were doing and so, “I’ve never been in trouble before “so can we go into Scottsdale “and negotiate this down into something “that is not a class one misdemeanor?” They want to drop it down into a civil violation where they want to do community service, or do some sort of diversion where they take a class, or just pay a higher fine in exchange for not having a criminal conviction.
Unfortunately, Scottsdale almost never negotiates on these cases, almost never. It’s a policy that’s put in place by the main city prosecutor, her name is Caron Close. And so if she’s at the top, she has all these different prosecutors, so we’ll say this is Caron Close. She has a policy that she establishes at the top and it goes down to all of the other prosecutors throughout the city of Scottsdale. And it is basically prohibiting them for reducing a class one misdemeanor of urinating in public down into something else. Almost never happens. The times that we’ve seen it happen, or that we’ve been able to do it is when there is you know, a very, extremely weak case, or there’s some sort of emergency, there’s a medical emergency, this was something that was involuntary. Something else happened that required that person to actually do something, to do this. And so the prosecutor’s office will deviate from the policy. But just because this is a first offense, just because you’ve never been in trouble before doesn’t mean that it’s going to be as simple as you walking in and getting your case reduced down. It’s a policy across the board. If I’m mistaken and another attorney has seen something different I would love to know about it. Because as I said earlier, our office is right down the street. We only do criminal defense so we see a lot these types of cases. And Scottsdale, in our experience, just has a blanket policy across the board where they will not reduce these down.
You have to keep that in mind. So, what does that mean for you. Well there is an option of just pleading guilty to the charge. You always have that option. You don’t have to fight it. You can go in and plead guilty and as I explained earlier, it’s very likely that they are just going to ask you to pay a fine, not put you on probation, not require any jail time. In fact, most of the time you’ve already spent the night in jail. The police will arrest you, take you into custody, release you the next morning. So they’re not going to ask for any additional jail time. And so some people want to do that. They don’t want to litigate these cases anymore. They just want to make this go away as quickly as possible. If it’s not going to impact your job, or if you’re okay with having a criminal conviction you can save your money on a lawyer and just go do that on your own. You don’t need to hire somebody to do that for you. It’s not very complicated. Most people don’t want to do that of course. And if you’re still watching the video, I’m sure you’re one of those individuals. So, let’s talk about how we actually defend against these cases.
Out of the city of Scottsdale, they run their case pattern in a unique way, they don’t do it like a lot of other courts do. They call things, certain things, different court proceedings have a very specific names, and different things happen as the case progresses. And so the structure of a case actually looks like this. So the very first court date that you would have in your case almost always is called an arraignment. And this is the court date where you would go into court the judge would tell you what you’ve been charged with and I’ve already basically explained that. Class one misdemeanor, the maximum penalties, as I said, well maybe I didn’t say them but a class one, the maximum penalty is not what we ever see people get is six months jail, $2500 in fines plus surcharges, up to five years probation.
So the judge would tell what that is at that time. You would enter a plea of not guilty when people engage our firm to represent them on that. We enter a plea of not guilty for them. Then what Scottsdale will do is they’ll reschedule a case for what’s called a pre-trial conference. That’s really the most substantive court date after the arraignment. The arraignment is just kind of a big, kind of a cattle call. Everybody goes into court, they call everybody up one by one and say you’ve been charge with DUI, you’ve been charged with domestic violence, you’ve been charged with urinating in public. And they move you on to the next court date. What happens in between this court date and this court date in a urinating in public case, our office, we want to request everything, everything that they’ve got in their file.
Police reports, any officer’s notes, any body cam footage, some of them have the body cam cameras that they’ve got. We want to see what the officer has in their file, or what they were able to observe. We also want to see if there’s any witness statements, any 911 calls? Did anybody see that happening? Did anybody call it in? Were there anybody else, you know, like bouncers or anybody else who made this report? If they did, we want to know what they had to say. Is there any surveillance footage? Did one of these clubs have footage that was impounded? Did the police gather any evidence? What is in their file, in other words. What do they have that they’re going to use to prove the case. We make that request immediately and then the Scottsdale will start to gather that stuff and start to disclose it to us then they make us pay fees and things depending on what’s out there. But we do make that request and then it will start to trickle in at the pre-trial or sometimes after the pre-trial. And so almost always, this is just a quick continuance then the case gets rescheduled for what’s called a case management conference. So you can see there it’s called a CMC.
At the case management conference, the judge wants to know, they want an update. They give us a written form that we have to fill out. Judge will say, “Have the interviews been completed with the officers? “Are there any witness statements? “Are there any other interviews “that are being scheduled with those? “Are there any pre-trial issues? “Are there any going to be any motions to preclude testimony?” If we’re having any issues with the prosecutor’s office, why, what are they and why? And then the judge can try to settle some of those things at that time. It’s almost always a continuance from there as well. Then you have what’s called a TRC. So this is a trial readiness conference. And then the final part of the case could be a trial. Alright and people hear the word trial and it scares them a little bit.
They don’t want to go to a trial. They don’t want to actually sit in court and go through the big process of having the officers come in, testify, having opening, closing arguments and basically doing what you see in the movies. They don’t want to do that. And we can understand why. Alright, it’s a nerve racking experience. It’s something where things can be very tense. And there’s a little bit of an unknown there. And so a lot of people don’t want to do that. They’d be more interested in resolving the case. Okay and this is how you do it. You can resolve the case by taking a plea deal, by actually going into a plea agreement. And as I explained earlier, because of this policy, there is almost always no plea deals, no reductions. Okay now they might argue, well we’re not asking for jail or anything so that’s a deal for you, I disagree, I don’t think that the judges out of Scottsdale and we know them well. There’s about four of them that we deal with on a regular basis, I don’t think that they would be giving jail for this. We’ve not seen often. Now, there’s always exceptions to that rule but by in large, the deal the deal that the prosecutor offers us we believe is just not a deal at all. So we almost encourage our clients, almost never to take that. Okay, again, that would be something that you can do right up here. You don’t have to go through all of this entire process and there’s about 30 days in between one of these settings. So it does take about three to four months.
So you could resolve it by pleading guilty to the charge here. Save your money on an attorney. Save your time, some of the stress of having to go through this process and go plead guilty. When people retain us to help them with that, they’re not interested in this and rightfully so. And so we are preparing the case and anytime that we even talk to somebody about this process, we are explaining you very well may have to go to trial on your case if you want a shot at not having a criminal conviction for urinating in public. It’s just the reality out of Scottsdale. Okay unless your case is somewhat unique, unless there are some serious kind of mitigating circumstances or some other reasons why this happened, the Scottsdale policy is tough and their not going to reduce it down. Their not going to give you a deal that you’re happy with. So we make this very clear at the outset. Okay we don’t try to tell people that we’re going to get this done for them. We’re going to resolve it with a reduction because we’ve handled so many of them. We know that’s not the case. So you have to be prepared to go to a trial. So people will then say, “Okay well look, “You know, I very clearly was urinating. “I had to go. “They caught me in the act. “They caught me red handed.” There’s a lot of different ways, that doesn’t necessarily equate to enough evidence to find you guilty for it.
And we’ll dive into that here quickly but let’s say for example, there’s an alley way here and there’s a dumpster here, there’s a club here and somebody leaves the club, they go back here and they urinate or allegedly urinate, this is what they have to prove. Scottsdale has to prove this. When you’re charged with the crime, doesn’t mean that you’re guilty of it. You’re still 100% innocent until you’re either found guilty at trial or until you plead guilty in a plea deal. So let’s back up. In here, while we’re in this example here. If you are urinating back here and an officer comes right up upon you and sees you in the act, see urine leaving your body, that’s going to be a difficult case to win. Okay, an officer has direct view of what happened. This is called the did you see his penis defense, alright. Did you see that, okay. The officer did see that. It’s difficult to refute that. The officer, he can take the stand, unless something happens that’s abnormal and he sees that on a very clear basis. It’s hard to contest that because he’s going to be able to identify you. He’s going to be able to identify that the cause of the urine on the ground was you, was your body. There’s no external concerns there. He’s just going to be able to say he saw that leave your body and there it is. That’s not what we see very often.
Okay, that does happen. We’ve seen those cases and most of those people, you know we’d say that their best option is not to contest that type of a case unless there’s some, you know, kind of extraordinary circumstances. But by in large, most of our cases are not like that. They’re not that cut and dry. Okay most of the time, this will ha… So let’s back up, so this officer’s not anywhere near it. This individual will go, they’ll allegedly urinate. They’ll be leaving and then the officer will come upon them after the fact. So the officer will observe somebody here in proximity to this and then they’ll observe something on the ground. And that’s about it. Okay so that’s all they’ll see. Now there are two issues with that. One, is called causation. And causation means, okay the officer can very clearly see there’s an individual here, this person. There’s also some urine on the ground. But can the officer’s observations tie this to this. Was this person’s activity the cause of that on the ground. And it’s their job to prove that. And if you can raise doubt about that and if you can show that there’s some holes in that testimony or that the officer didn’t actually see what he claimed to have seen. And the officer in their police report will be very, very very kind of matter of fact. I saw this, I saw this, I saw this, I saw that.
But in their body cams, or in other witness statements or things once we start to piece together the actual evidence that they’ve got in their file, that’s not always 100% true. That it’s actually not very accurate. And so they actually saw a lot less than they’re claiming to have seen and so they can’t tie this individual to this. It’s called causation. And it’s a big issue for them. The other thing that this will implicate is what’s called circumstantial evidence. So the analogy that we use in criminal law a lot is when it’s snowing out. Okay, so say you come home from work, it’s a clear day, there’s no snow on the ground. You go to bed. You wake up the next morning. There’s snow everywhere. That’s, you can presume that based on the fact that there’s snow on the ground that it snowed. Where would the snow come from? Well it came from the sky therefore it snowed. And you can say well based on my inference, I’m inferring that it snowed because I now see snow on the ground, it snowed last night. There wasn’t snow when I got home. There’s snow there now it must have snowed because that’s how it normally happens. You’re making an inference. You’re not considering the fact that some guy with too much time on his hand could have come with a snow plow or a snow dump truck and dump snow all over your neighborhood. That’s a possibility. It’s unlikely but it is a possibility.
That’s called circumstantial evidence. It’s evidence that you have to, you have to make an inference about in order to come to a conclusion. And so in the case like this, the officer is inferring that because this individual was nearby this puddle. That that individual must have caused the caused that puzzle to happen. He urinated in public and therefore, they’ll charge him and arrest him or her and the case will proceed from there. There’s a big difference between circumstantial evidence and direct evidence. And that direct evidence is what I was explaining earlier when the officer comes upon you or somebody that you’re with and they see the actual urine leaving the body. That’s direct evidence and so the officer can come into court and say, I saw it very clearly, this is what happened therefore, I wrote him a ticket. I arrested him and I charged him with urinating in public.
So that’s how it works. Those are where the defenses come into play. There’s another way that people will handle these cases as well. Let’s say that you were in the kind of the bad category of cases where the officer did have that direct evidence. He saw it very clearly. There’s not going to be any arguments about circumstantial evidence or causation or anything else. You can plead guilty and then you can do what’s called a motion to set aside a conviction. We call them MTSAs. Some people will want to know, how do I clear my record? Does Arizona have an expungement? Is there anyway, if I do plead guilty here, can I come back and actually set aside this conviction. So as I said, Arizona does not have expungement. So you can’t wipe this clean. Meaning it doesn’t just disappear from your record.
But you can do a set aside and what that means legally speaking and it’s a little bit nuanced and for some people this matters a lot and for some people it doesn’t. But under the law, it says that you are relieved of all the penalties and all the liabilities that are associated with that guilty plea. That’s the language in the law. And so for some people, that’s beneficial because if their applying for a job or this pops up on a background check or whatever their specific case is, they can then turn around and then show an order from a judge that says, yes I was convicted of this but a judge said I paid all my fines, I fulfilled all my obligations of it. He has looked at the facts of the case and he has set aside the conviction. What that means for you, it’s going to be individual of course. We can help you through that process as well. It’s obviously a lot more less cost intensive, meaning you don’t have to go through all of this.
Do interviews, get body cam footage and really begin preparing a solid defense. You can just basically go in and plead guilty. We walk you through a mitigation process where we talk about what your concerns are, how this could impact you. Then we file that motion to set aside the conviction. Your case gets, handled that way. It’s not ideal but it is sometimes a better option for some people and again it depends on the circumstances of the case. So that’s how urinating in public works. Alright, it’s not one of the more interesting types of cases. It’s pretty cut and dry. It’s something that’s very important and it’s very common. It’s very important for a lot of people because they want to make sure that this is not going on their record so, you have to understand that it doesn’t, the video here kind of painted a grim picture of it because it really is. Scottsdale doesn’t negotiate a lot on these things.
But there is hope. Alright there is a way to get out of these cases. But it is going to depend on the very specific facts of your case and it’s not going to be general. It doesn’t apply across the board so if you do want to talk about your case, if you want to sit down with us, come into our office, speak with me. Speak with somebody from my team. We’ll put together a very solid plan for you. We’ll talk about some of your options and we’ll make sure that you can get through this with the least amount of damage, the least amount of harm possible. Thanks for watching.
We see it most commonly charged in Downtown / Old Town Scottsdale in these general areas:
The scenario is usually people are in old town, at the bars, enjoying an evening. Due to crowds or due to bar operators or bouncers not letting people use the restrooms, people will leave the bar and find an area to relieve themselves.
The police know this, and wait in back roads and allies to wait for people.
In many cases, the police are riding around the area on bikes and come upon individuals in the act or immediately thereafter.
What are the urinating in public laws in Arizona?
The City of Scottsdale in particular is very aggressive with enforcing this law. They have their own city code, the Scottsdale Code SRC 19-19a, which is the statute that prohibits urinating in public:
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to urinate or defecate in a place exposed to public view, except by proper use of a toilet or other suitable facility provided for this purpose.
As you can see, the law is not complex. It identifies urinating specifically and includes any areas in public view.
This covers virtually all of downtown Scottsdale.
What is the penalty for urinating in public?
The Scottsdale City code classifies urinating in public as a class 1 misdemeanor, which means technically the maximum penalty can be up to 6 months in jail!
Here is what the law says regarding the fine and fees for urinating in public:
B. A violation of this section is a class one misdemeanor and shall be punished by a mandatory minimum fine of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00).
C. In addition to the penalties proscribed in subsection B above, the court may require that a person convicted of this section pay restitution for any clean-up costs incurred by the City.
In practice, we have never seen any of our clients have to serve additional jail time as a result of a conviction.
In most situations, the individual who has been arrested has already served jail and the judge rarely imposes more as part of the penalty.
Instead, there is usually only a monetary fine, potential for community service, and a criminal conviction.
Is urinating in public a sex offense? Do I need to register as a sex offender?
Legally, urinating in public, public indecency and exposure have many elements in common and a urinating could theoretically be elevated to a more serious offense.
However, in reality, we have never seen any urinating in public charges with our clients originating out of Scottsdale ever elevated to a felony or sexual offense level or require registration.
Scottsdale treats these as Class 1 Misdemeanors charges that do not require any registering as a sex offender obligations.
Will Scottsdale reduce my urinating in public charge?
In the vast majority of cases, the answer is no.
There is a strict policy in place regarding these charges to not negotiate absent extraordinary circumstances, such as a physical or medical emergency.
Surprisingly, Scottsdale will offer diversion programs for other criminal offenses, but refuse to do so for urinating in public.
Is it possible to avoid having a criminal record for urinating in public?
Of course! That is what we fight for in every case.
However, it is important to understand that Scottsdale does not make it easy.
As a result of the policies of the prosecutor’s office, this offense is highly enforced and the prosecutors in Scottsdale almost never negotiate the charge down.
People often believe these cases will be easy to handle on their own, given that this is their first offense.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Scottsdale almost never negotiates on these charges.
They do not offer diversion in most scenarios, allow for community service or reduce these to civil offenses.
This is a hard policy set in place due to the City Prosecutor, Caron Close, setting this mandate for all prosecutors in Scottsdale.
Our office is in Scottsdale, about 6 minutes north of Scottsdale City court and old town.
We have represented many people on urinating in public charges, and any time we have successfully had a negotiated resolution was a result of a long fight.
This can be very surprising for people, but it is important to know this.
We have heard anecdotally of other attorneys who make promises of diversion, reductions, or dismissals without knowing the true nature of how Scottsdale handles these types of cases.
The hard reality is that in most situations, it is not likely that the Scottsdale prosecutor’s office will agree to reduce or dismiss your charge.
How do you beat a urinating in public charge?
Beating a urinating in public charge requires an in depth review of the facts of your specific case.
Our office initiates an extensive review of all the evidence that is available, including:
Officer body camera footage
Venue surveillance footage
It is important to know exactly what evidence the police and the government have against you.
Remember, legally they have to prove their case. You do not have disprove the case.
In many cases, this evidence is incomplete or non-existent.
Often times, the police cannot articulate what they saw or when they saw it, or their testimony is not reliable because their observations were obscured or not timely.
In other words, the police did not get a direct view of what they claim to have seen.
They may have come upon you at a time when it was not possible to have seen an actual act of urination.
They may presume that the puddle on the ground of an unknown liquid belongs to you without having first hand knowledge of what that puddle is or where it came from.
This is called causation.
There may be a puddle on the ground and their may be a human standing near it, but can it be proven that the puddle was in fact caused by urination from that person?
In many situations, it is not as cut and dry as it may seem.
To make this connection, some Judges in Scottsdale require more than just an officer’s vague testimony that requires an officer to infer that something happened.
This is called circumstantial evidence.
A common example of circumstantial evidence is the example of snow on the ground.
You may come home after work and when walking into your home, see that there is no snow on the ground.
You wake up the next morning, and suddenly, there is snow everywhere.
You did not see it snow, but you infer that you the snow that you see came from the sky because that is where snow normally comes from.
However, it is possible that someone with a lot of time on their hands hauled snow in from the mountain and distributed the snow across the neighborhood.
Because of this possibility, this circumstantial evidence is not as strong as it would be if it were direct evidence.
Direct evidence is evidence that you directly observed. So in our snow example, this would be testimony that you sat by the window and observed the snow fall from the sky and land on the ground.
This same principle happens in urinating in public cases.
In many cases, officers see a puddle and see a human being, but do not see the act of urination.
They do not see a stream of urine exiting a person’s genitals, and without more, doubt can can be raised about the origin of the puddle.
Urinating in Public Trial
The example above most often has to play out in a trial.
This is because by and large Scottsdale does not negotiate on these cases or agree to reduce them to a lower, non-criminal offense.
This means that you must be prepared to take your case to trial.
This is often not something many people want to do, but unfortunately is necessary if you hope to avoid a criminal conviction.
Most attorneys are not prepared for this because they are not aware of Scottsdale’s policies.
What if I want to get this over with and plead guilty?
For some, trial is not something they want to endure (Scottsdale knows this).
An alternative to trial or extended litigation is to plead guilty. In most cases, particularly if this is your first criminal offense, pleading guilty will only result in a fine of around $300 to $400.
You must understand, however, that you will have a reportable criminal conviction on your record.
Arizona does not have a mechanism of expunging criminal convictions. We do, however, have a motion to set aside a conviction that can be filed in this case.
A motion to set aside a conviction shows that you were convicted, but that your conviction has been “set aside” by a judge.
This shows that you have paid all your fines and satisfied all your obligations to the court.
It may be helpful in certain scenarios depending on your job applications, licensing requirements, or future plans, but it will depend on your specific situation.
It does NOT remove the criminal record.
What are my chances of beating a urinating in public charge?
Unfortunately, it is very difficult to say.
A lot requires reviewing the specifics of your case, what happened, what your mitigation is, and what evidence the government has against you.
It also depends where your case is being heard, which prosecutor is assigned, and what court room your case is in.
There are 4 main judges in Scottsdale, and each have different styles and leanings.
We can tell you that if you plead guilty to the charge, your chance is ZERO.
Our office practices exclusively in criminal defense, and we are located minutes away from Old Town Scottsdale, where a large number or urinating in public charges originate.
We have a tremendous amount of experience helping people fight these charges and coming out successfully.
If you are facing these charges, please contact our office to schedule a case evaluation to discuss your options.
This of course, is a highly simplified example of how the rules of evidence, admissibility, and testimony work in a criminal case, but the basic principle hold strong.
Waste Management Open Top 6 Crimes Police Charge
Video Transcription: Waste Management Open Top 6 Crimes Police Charge - R&R Law Group
It’s called the Waste Management Open.
Celebrities, professional golfers, people from all over the world come to Scottsdale, and they go to the Waste Management Open.
They spend about a week there, and it can be a big, long party. It’s one of the most trafficked events, if not the most trafficked sporting event in the whole world.
So as you can imagine, when everybody comes here, there’s a lot of alcohol involved, there’s a lot of partying, there’s the 16th hole, and the police really increase their presence all around Scottsdale.
With the Waste Management Open, we see an increase in certain crimes.
Ordinarily, we see the same types of crimes, the same type of enforcement and events, all throughout the year, but under the Waste Management event, the police look for, and they charge specific crimes.
Today we’re gonna talk about the top six different crimes that we see, or the increase in crimes that we see, as a direct result, we believe, of the Waste Management Open.
Let’s start at the bottom, let’s start with number six.
This is the number six most increased in crime that we see. And it is open container in vehicle.
This is where people are driving to the Waste Management Open, they may have some alcohol in their car, they may wanna take some shots, or have a beer, or have some sort of alcohol in the car, not while they’re driving, but while the car is parked, they’ll have some drinks before they go into the event.
If the police see an open container of alcohol within the vehicle, they can charge you with a crime for that.
We see more and more of this, specifically surrounding the Waste Management Open. Let’s jump to number five.
Number five is minor in consumption.
So minor in consumption is when somebody who is under the age of 21 is consuming alcohol.
We see this as well, people who are under the age of 21, they’ll certainly want to go to the Waste Management Open, they may be with people who are older than 21, who will purchase the alcohol, everybody will go into the Waste Management Open, people under 21 will be drinking, the police will see that, and they may charge them with a crime.
Minor in consumption is a class one misdemeanor in Arizona, it’s a serious offense. Let’s jump to number four. We also see consumption in public.
This is where people are leaving the Waste Management Open, they’re leaving the golf course, and they are still consuming alcohol outside of the permitted grounds.
When you have big events like this, or festivals, or public events, you can have licenses to have alcohol, obviously, but some people will travel, they’ll go down to a bar, they’ll go down to Old Town, they’ll go out to a restaurant, they may take a limo, they get out of the limo, with alcohol in their hand.
Police will see that, they’ll charge them with consuming alcohol in public, which is also a crime. Number three, we see disorderly conduct.
With alcohol, with golf, with competition, people tend to get a little bit boisterous, people tend to oftentimes create a ruckus, people may get into fights with one another, be screaming, shouting, we see disorderly conduct.
This is kind of a catch-all crime in Arizona, where we see this at bars or at restaurants, when people are getting into highly argumentative conversations on the golf course, police will charge them with disorderly conduct, because they are disturbing the peace and the quiet of other people around the area.
There are certain areas where, of course, that’s permitted and almost encouraged, but in certain situations, the police will emphasize being respectful, being quiet, and if you break that, if you’re causing disorder, they’ll charge you with disorderly conduct.
Number two, we see this very frequently, it’s urinating in public. Urinating in public, it’s very common. People will leave the Waste Management Open, they will use the restroom in the parking lot, they will go to bars or restaurants, and there will be lines to get in, so they need to use the restroom but they cannot find a place to relieve themselves, they will go into an alley. We see this a lot in Old Town.
The Scottsdale Police Department specifically has police on bikes, they just do laps, they go up and down the alleys, they’re looking for people who are urinating in public. It’s a crime in Arizona.
It’s not something that is looked upon favorably, specifically out of Scottsdale, they really like to enforce this charge, so be cautious that you are not urinating anywhere that you’re not supposed to be urinating.
You wanna make sure that you’re holding it, or planning accordingly, because they know where people tend to congregate in order to do that.
They enforce it very seriously. And of course, the number one crime that we see a high increase of around the Waste Management Open is DUIs.
You probably knew that was coming, we see a lot of DUIs. The police set up different checkpoints, they do task forces, where they are really focusing on people leaving the Waste Management Open.
If they see you commit any traffic violation, a wide right turn, if you leave your headlights off, if you’re speeding, they know that you’re coming from a big party, they’re going to stop you for basically any reason that they can justify, or make up, if they want to, sometimes they’ll cause a traffic violation, and they will want to do a DUI investigation. Whether you’ve had anything to drink or not, they’re probably gonna be looking for a DUI, so of course, we encourage everybody at any of these events, please Uber, please use Lyft, carpool, have a designated driver, really no reason why you should be getting DUIs, it’s something that I’m warning you, I warn people every single year, the Waste Management Open is going to have very, very high enforcement, and so if you’ve had anything to drink, if you feel any impairment, if you feel the alcohol at all, you’re probably over the limit, wanna make sure that you have alternative arrangements when you are going to the Open.
So, open containers in vehicles, minor in consumption, consuming alcohol in public, disorderly conduct, urinating in public and DUI, we see an increase every year, if you’ve been charged with one of these, our office is five minutes north of the Scottsdale City Court, we deal with these types of charges all the time.
Give us a call, we’ll schedule you for a free case evaluation, we’ll have a conversation with you, make sure you have a plan, we’ll understand the facts of your case, make sure that we can put together a strategy that’s gonna help ensure that you are not convicted of any one of these offenses.
We look forward to speaking with you.
Thanks for watching, and have a great time at the Open.
Every year Arizona hosts one of the largest sporting events in the world: The Waste Management Open. With hundreds of thousands of people in attendance, there is always a massive police presence, which results in numerous citations and arrests. As a result, our office routinely sees an increase in certain crimes during this time.
There are specific crimes that the police look for and charge during the Waste Management Open. Here we will discuss the top 6 crimes that are charged at a higher regularity during the Waste Management Open.
#6. Open Container in Vehicle
People will often drive to the Waste Management Open with alcohol in their car with the intent of drinking before entering the event. However, having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle is illegal, regardless of whether the vehicle was being driven. Police will commonly charge people who are having drinks while parked in their car before the event.
#5. Minor in Consumption
Minor in Consumption is when someone who is under the legal drinking age of 21 is consuming alcohol. There are many people under the age of 21 at the Waste Management Open, and a lot of them are with people over 21 who may be buying them alcohol. The police are constantly on the lookout for people who are underage drinking.
Minor in Consumption is a class 1 misdemeanor in Arizona, which is a serious offense.
#4. Consumption in Public
This happens as people are leaving the golf course, but they are still consuming alcohol outside the permitted grounds.
At big public events, some entities are licensed to serve alcohol, and people will be permitted to consume alcohol within a designated area. However, if anyone leaves the area with alcohol in their hand, police will charge them for consuming alcohol in public.
#3. Disorderly Conduct
At large public events centered around competition, especially when alcohol is involved, people can get rowdy. There can be a lot of screaming and shouting, and at times fights will break out. Disorderly Conduct is a catch-all crime in Arizona. At the Waste Management Open, police will charge persons who get into heated altercations with Disorderly Conduct because they are disturbing the peace of those around them.
#2. Urinating in Public
This is a charge that is very common. People will often leave the Waste Management Open and need to use the restroom, but it can be difficult to find a place that doesn’t have a very long line. The Scottsdale Police Department has police on bikes specifically patrolling common alleyways that people use. It is a crime in Arizona, and something that is heavily enforced in Scottsdale.
Police set up special checkpoints and have special task forces that really focus on people leaving the Waste Management Open. If they see you commit any traffic violation, be it a wide right turn, leaving your headlights off, speeding, or any other traffic violation, they will stop you and want to do a DUI investigation.
If you have been charged with any one of these, contact us immediately, we deal with these types of charges all the time. We offer free case evaluations, and we’ll put together a strategy that best suits your case.