Meeting hot, horny guys in a public place can be a liberating and exciting experience, but you need to exercise caution. Some countries, states, provinces, and municipalities have laws that forbid public sex, and getting caught cruising could cause legal trouble. When you’re cruising make sure you know local laws, trust your instincts, be aware of your surroundings, and keep cruising etiquette in mind.
Although many countries have taken progressive steps towards what is acceptable in the privacy of one’s bedroom or romantic life, many areas are more restrictive in regards to sexuality outside of the bedroom. Many areas have laws against public indecency, and as a result having sex in a place where others might see you holds risks. Though the fear of getting caught can be a huge turn on, police can and still do cruise undercover for gay sex in parks and other places. Plus they may not be obligated to inform you that they are law enforcement. If you get arrested and feel that you have been entrapped, be sure to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
How Stay Safe in Gay Cruising Spots
It’s important that when you’re cruising you look out for your wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. When you’re going out to a gay cruising spot, whether it is a park, bathhouse, sauna, gym, or theatre, make sure you tell a trusted friend where you are going and bring your cell phone. Always carry a current picture ID card, because in some areas it may lower your chances of begin arrested – an officer may simply fine you, depending on local laws. When in doubt about the legality of sex in certain places, it’s best to do a bit of research to make sure you’re protected.
When cruising you also need to look out for your safety. Always use protection, and be wary of men who offer your open containers of alcohol or hits of drugs. Illicit drug users have much higher odds of contracting STIs and substance use can impair decision making, increasing your risk of exposure to STIs or of making poor cruising location decisions. Certain substances can also be used to facilitate sexual assault, and gay and bisexual men are not immune to sexual assault, date rape, and other forms of assault. Finally, be wary of guys who seem younger than they’ve told you they are. The age of consent varies by region and often differs between vaginal and anal sex – meaning that someone may be above the traditional “age of consent” but below the age of consent for anal sex. Make sure you confirm someone’s age if you are unsure, and if you’re still not convinced it is best not to take the risk, or legal action could be taken against you. If you find yourself in a situation where you were lied to about someone’s age, speak to an attorney.
How to Get Support and Legal Advice in Relation to Cruising
If you do get arrested for being less than discrete in your sexual exploits in a gay cruising spot, stay calm and deal with the situation rationally. Give the police officer your picture ID, but remember that in most places you are not obligated to answer questions without an attorney present. Get yourself a qualified attorney and rely on them to help you with options regarding fines, jail time, or other penalties.
The best way to avoid legal trouble when cruising for sex is to take a number of factors into account. First of all, know the laws in your area in regards to sex, consent, and public indecency – you will then be able to judge what kinds of sex you are or aren’t willing to participate in. If a guy seem suspicious in any way, it’s best to avoid him, for your legal and personal safety. Secondly, be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to your gut instincts. Some cruising spots, such as saunas, carry less legal risk, while others may carry more. Lastly, when you meet up in person with an online flame, make sure a trusted friend knows where you’ll be and when you expect to be back.
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