American One Direction fans are excited that Niall Horan has decided to return to the United States from Southeast Asia, but the first thing he does when he gets back is to urinate in public in Hollywood.
Is this a political statement from Niall Horan about laws in California that punish the homeless, or was he simply unaware of the laws when he unleashed his bladder in Orange County?
According to the Daily Mail, Niall Horan was in Los Angeles for less than 72 hours when he decided to walk into a deserted car lot to take a leak. Although his security guards were present to keep him safe, they could not keep the paparazzi from photographing Niall Horan in his vulnerable state.
About the incident, Hollywood Life wrote that Niall Horan could have gotten a citation if a police officer had been there, and possibly gotten community service.
On the other hand, could Niall Horan get slapped with charges because the photographs of him urinating in Orange County were published on the internet? While this is unlikely, Niall Horan should count his lucky stars that he did not get caught urinating in public in California because the charges could result in something much worse than community service.
Although some argue that California has extreme laws against public urination because they want to punish homeless people, the idea for strict punishment for people like Niall Horan urinating in the streets of Hollywood has been around since 2003.
According to the L.A. Times, California ordinances banning public urination went into effect in 2003.
Law Resource states that California public urination (SEC. 41.47.2.) charges pertain to “any public street, sidewalk, alley, plaza, beach, park, public building or other publicly maintained facility or place, or in any place open to the public or exposed to public view [sic].”
Clearly, Niall Horan might have been in this situation and if he had been caught, he could have faced charges, according to the California penal code (section 314.318.6). Shouse Law explains these charges on their website with the following.
“In most cases, a first indecent exposure conviction subjects you to misdemeanor penalties of up to six (6) months in county jail and a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000). … But perhaps worst of all…any Penal Code 314 PC conviction subjects you to a lifetime duty to register as a California sex offender.”
However, if Niall Horan feels that California is too strict and sometimes he just needs to pee in public, he might have good company elsewhere. For instance, it was noted in 2015 by The Sun Times that people at Chicago Cubs games are more likely to urinate in public than other places in America.
It should also be noted that if public urination is something that Niall Horan wants to make a permanent part of his life, he could easily get a job as a New York City taxi driver because some claim they are one of the most ticketed groups for public urination in America, according to the Gothamist.
Alternatively, Niall Horan could have simply been too intoxicated with joy when he decided to urinate in public… because he was finally reunited with Louis Tomlinson.
After over a month and a half of avoiding Hollywood, Niall Horan finally returned with the possibility of being able to meet Louis Tomlinson’s son. Louis Tomlinson son was born around the end of January, but Niall Horan Left for Australia around that time and never got to meet the baby.
Now, Gossie reports that Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson are finally getting a chance to bond.
Regardless, if Niall Horan is going to get arrested for peeing in public, they might have to chase him across the desert and pry him away from the two best mixed martial arts athletes in the world.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Niall Horan and Liam Payne were due to attend the UFC 196 game in Las Vegas on March 5 between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.
In the end, it might still be a possibility that Niall Horan has decided to take a stand in 2016 during the One Direction hiatus to stand up for the rights of homeless people.
In 2015, it was analyzed by the L.A. Times that California might need a celebrity spokesperson like Niall Horan because that area is particularly fierce for creating laws that directly punish homeless people and state the following.
“According to a study being released this week by the UC Berkeley School of Law Policy Advocacy Clinic, 58 California cities have enacted hundreds of new laws since 1990 that single out or disproportionately [a]ffect homeless people; if current trends continue, they will add more than 100 new anti-homeless laws this decade.”
Adding to this, if Niall Horan wants to step up to help the homeless of Orange County, The Intercept has plenty of suggestions for starting places. In their 2015 report, they state part of the problem is that “Public officials and business leaders [find that] imprisoning a homeless person may cost more than securing his or her housing, hauling someone away and out of sight creates the appearance of doing something.”
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