I have to relate the hilarious story of a friend of mine, S. On S's Myspace page, he naturally lists that he's a law student. The other day he received a message from a random girl requesting some legal advice. Apparently a friend of her's had been caught by the police masturbating in his car. She wanted to know what kind of punishment he could expect. (Weirdest pick-up line ever, I said, but hey, that's Myspace for you.) S, rainmaker-in-training that he is, couldn't resist looking it up for her. Here's his response:
"I'm not a criminal lawyer, but if your friend is charged, it'll likely be for violating Calif. Penal Code section 314, which for a first time offender is a misdemeanor. Those found guilty of this misdemeanor face maximum punishment of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Without knowing more of the facts, I would guess that your friend 'gets off' with a fine."