“You still have the Corolla?” actress Ali Wong asks Randall Park in the just-released Netflix rom-com “Always Be My Maybe.” Their characters, Sasha and Marcus, are kid friends in San Francisco who reconnect later in life — years after a particularly wild ride in Marcus’ beat-up car.
“What are you looking at?” asks Marcus. “My backseat — because we had sex back there?”
Indeed, the movie includes a throwback car-sex scene that serves as a major plot-point for the film, which co-stars Daniel Dae Kim and Keanu Reeves.
It sure looks fun in the movies, but what happens to real-life lovebirds who get busted banging out a quickie in their car? Experts say this form of auto-erotica can cost you cash, result in jail time — or even injure your private parts.
Legally, it depends on what state you’re in. In New York, for instance, “There’s no crime in having sex in a car,” says Steven Wasserman, a criminal attorney at the Legal Aid Society.
But getting down and dirty in your vehicle isn’t necessarily a free ride. Public lewdness and disorderly conduct are “conceivable crimes you can be charged with,” Wasserman says.
The more serious charge is public lewdness, which the New York State Senate considers a misdemeanor offense. Examples include committing a lewd act (like having sex) in a public place or in private premises where they can still be observed. Penalties include jail for three months, probation and a fine of up to $500.
Disorderly conduct, meanwhile, is a violation — which is not considered a crime that can lead to a permanent record. Its penalties include up to $250 in fines and up to 15 days behind bars.
But Wasserman questions whether any of these charges would ever stick. He says it’s likely, that if people have sex in a suitably private lot at night and if a cop were to approach, law enforcement would just tell them to scram. “I don’t think any prosecutor could be bothered with that,” he says.
And does it mean that people busted would need to register as sex offenders? No, he adds, because those “crimes will involve some kind of intended victim.”
But again, different states wage different penalties. Depending on where you live, and if you just can’t wait to get home when the moment — and something else — arises, you should do your research.
In Minnesota, according to the state’s legislature, indecent exposure can be a misdemeanor if anyone “engages in any open or gross lewdness or lascivious behavior, or any public indecency.”
It can become a felony — punishable for up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine up to $10,000 if, for example, someone was previously charged with it and offends again.
And though technically less than a crime in New York, disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor in Minnesota punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 maximum fine.
Similarly, in Texas, a person who was previously convicted of indecent exposure can face a more strict sentence than someone who’s a first-time offender.
For the latter, indecent exposure is a misdemeanor — and charges are no more than 180 days in a county jail and/or a maximum fine of $2,000.
Then, there are other dangers of sex in cars — specifically, if you’re dumb enough to get it on while driving.
In 2016, a Florida man named Randy Joe Allen got 10 years behind bars for the hit-and-run death of bicyclist Terry Lamunt Ross — whom Allen had hit while receiving oral sex as he was driving.
That same year, in Austria, an unnamed man was driving while his unnamed girlfriend was giving him oral sex behind the wheel. When a deer suddenly crossed in front of the car, the man abruptly stopped, causing his girlfriend to bite his penis. (The man later received minor surgery.)
Is it worth it? We’ll let you take the wheel.
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