Hermosa Beach, Peeing in Alley, PC 372, Plea to Infraction
Police seem to appreciate this phenomena, as our office sees a lot of cases involving urinating in public at 2:15 a.m. near the most heavily frequented night spots.Summary: Hermosa Beach, client caught urinating in alley, charge of misdemeanor violation of Penal Code § 372, resolved for disturbing the peace (Penal Code § 415(2)) as an infraction.
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He contacted our office, quite concerned that having a misdemeanor on his record would hurt his career and employment opportunities if he were to change jobs and undergo a background check as part of a pre-employment check. We find this is a legitimate and valid concern, as most large companies perform background checks to verify that the job applicant is not a registered sex offender, a violent felon, a person with a history of convictions for crimes of dishonesty (especially theft from the employer) or has an arrest warrant outstanding for his or her capture.
Greg met with the client at our office and discussed the facts of the case. As the matter was related to alcohol, he suggested that the client attend ten AA meetings prior to the arraignment and give proof of this to our office so we could present this to the Hermosa Beach City Prosecutor.
Greg also requested a copy of any police report, video, audio or photographs that the Hermosa Beach Police Department might have concerning the detention. It turns out that there was no such records.
At the arraignment, Greg showed the Hermosa Beach City Prosecutor the AA sign-in sheet and explained that our client had no prior record. The Hermosa Beach City Prosecutor kindly agreed to amend the complaint to allege a violation of Penal Code § 415(2) (“Playing Loud Music”) as an infraction.
Greg then entered a plea to the infraction and the prosecutor dismissed the misdemeanor charge. The client then had to pay a $100 fine, plus penalties and assessments, to the City of Hermosa Beach. The total payment was $515.
The client was happy with the result, as he was not placed on summary, or informal, probation.
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