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You are referring to section 19-19 of the Scottsdale Revised Code. This section makes public urination a class one misdemeanor and requires a mandatory minimum fine of $150. Additionally, the individual may be required to pay restitution to the city for any associated clean up costs.
And yes, as with any case, you may talk to the prosecutor about the resolution of the case. In fact, when charged with relatively minor offense such as this, I of often recommend to individuals to make their first court appearance on their own. They can then talk to the prosecutor about the case, see I they can reach an agreeable resolution and then close out the case. If you are unable to reach a resolution, just continue the case and retain an attorney to help you reach the right result.
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Do I need to plead not guilty first? or just as to speak with my prosecutor as soon as court starts. How do I go about handling this? Thank you.
You would go to the court appearance and ask to speak with the prosecuting attorney. You would then ask the attorney about what his most lenient offer might be. If that offer is acceptable, you would then resolve the case accordingly. If the offer was not acceptable, you would then enter a plea of not guilty and continue the case to a later date.
If an agreement can not be reached and for economical reasons I can not hire an attorney, therefore, pleading guilty. Will I be able to remove such misdemeanor from my record in the future when I do finish my degree and hopefully have a job?
It appears so. According to Arizona law, a person that successfully completes the terms of his sentence may then apply to the judge to have the judgment of guilt set aside.
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