The answer to this may vary from country to country.
Absolutely yes, in the US. In the past public urination was charged as
indecent exposure. There was little thought to how that was worded until
the *** offender registry
became so broad that it included all who were convicted of this crime.
Thousands of people register for public urination, mooning, streaking
and many other acts that don't fit the image we have of a *** offender.
Only a few US states have changed the laws to correct the public
urination and *** offender registration issue. Some states had to spend
hundreds of thousands of dollars for the man power and costs of writing a
new law that separated public urination from indecent exposure. Those
that were already charged using the old law have to hire an attorney and
go to court and request relief from the registry. Most offenders have
trouble finding work so few have the financial means to hire an attorney
and be removed. Keep in mind that only a few states have made these
changes but others are beginning to see they have gone too far and that
reform is required in order to make the registry a useful tool again.
Currently with so many small crimes included law enforcement is
stretched too thin to monitor the truly dangerous offenders. This
increases the risk to ******** as the offenders that need to be
monitored are treated the same as those who did little if anything wrong
Currently, only 6 US states require a ***** to be
present for it to be an offense. The others will charge you no matter
what. A few states have taken steps to prevent this from happening but
most have not.