Saggy Pants Foolish But Legal, NYC Judge Rules


saggy-pantsWearing saggy pants is not a crime, just foolish. That’s how a New York City judge ruled in throwing out a summons issued to a man wearing low-slung pants.

Judge Ruben Franco said that the summons appeared to be an attempt by one police officer to show his displeasure with the style.

The Bronx man, Julio Martinez, was issued the ticket on April 20.

The judge writes that many may find the low-slung trouser trend distasteful and foolish. But he says people can dress how they want as long as they do not offend public order and decency.

Franco’s decision was issued last month. Martinez and his Legal Aid attorney could not be reached for comment.

{New York Post/ Newscenter}


  1. As long as there is no indecent exposure, I guess it shouldn’t be a crime although, these people have no self respect by dressing that way.

  2. In all seriousness, there are limits. The legal line must be drawn at plumber’s crack. If you can remain above this darga, then saggy/baggy pants are not technically illegal in any jurisdition.

    This is really about gang attire and profiling (which I’m not against) more than low-riding garb. I suspect the summons was a pretext to see what the fashion plate was up to.