Will I be liable if a passenger in my car was caught urinating on state property?
Question Details: I was driving down the highway in my car coming from a nice day at the beach when one of my passengers started complaining that they needed to use the restroom. Having no rest stops nearby, I kept on driving and told them to hold it until we got to the nearest restroom. However, when we get to the tolls there was a little bit of a line and I slowed down to a stop. In that moment, the person told me they couldn't hold it any longer so they are going to see if there was a bathroom by the tolls building. I told him to wait but nevertheless they opened the door and left. After knocking at the building by the tolls, no one answered so he went around the building and took care of his needs there. However, an employee saw him and told him something which I don't know. Then the security guard came out and continued to look until he got into my car. After that seeing what happened, I paid my toll and then pulled over to the side of the road and told my passenger to come with me and talk to the security guard. I apologized to the guard and explained that he is an older gentleman and holding it could have caused complications for his bladder. All the guard said was that there were cameras watching and that those cameras were seeing my car. I told the guard that I was not responsible for the man's actions but the guard told me to explain that in court. Do you think that as the driver I could be held accountable in any way?
Technically, you could be liable as an "accomplice" if you knew what he was going to do and assisted or facilitated him in doing it. So if you do receive a summons and go to court, the issue will be whether the court believes you knew he was going to urinate in public or not.