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Is it a crime to be in your underwear in your own house?

Bronx, NY |

some officers were investigating a noise complaint. A friend who was the host answered the door when he was in his underwear. The officers left without saying anything about his dress and didn't arrest him, but could there be a lewdness or indecency statute? Could the officers be getting an arrest warrant, if this is a crime?

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Attorney answers 3


No crime.

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Private home. No.


A man's home is his castle. And in that castle, he is king. If he want's to wear the emperor's new clothes int he privacy of his own home, he's welcome to do so.