Sagging Your Pants May Soon Be a Crime

Did you know that a bill was recently introduced into the Mississippi state House of Representatives that would make sagging your pants a crime punishable by fines of up to $100 and required psychological and/or social counseling?

Representative Tom Weathersby (R-Florence) filed the bill after a constituent requested something be done about sagging pants following an encounter with a group of young men whom they believed were causing a public nuisance by wearing their pants too low.

Legally Plausible?

It’s hard to imagine a bill like this passing, there are more than a few constitutional issues with a law like this, and if Mississippi were to begin writing bills to control the way people dress, where would it end? Could someone make an argument that socks with sandals cause them nuisance? What about two-piece swimsuits at the beach? I’m sure we have all seen people wearing clothing that makes us uncomfortable or upset, but that doesn’t mean that it should be outlawed. The U.S. Constitution protects the rights of individuals and gives us all the freedom to wear what we want, and how we want it. There are obviously some limits to that freedom, but you can wear most everything you want, as long as it doesn’t pose a direct danger to others.

Understand Your Rights!

Many men and women fought hard to guarantee the rights we have today, and it is important that we stay vigilant and remain fully cognizant of them. Federal, State, and Municipal law enforcement know the laws better than most ordinary citizens and they will use that to their advantage – and more importantly, your disadvantage. It’s important to have a knowledgeable team on your side when you are dealing with the law, and our criminal attorney in Sacramento makes his living helping individuals keep their freedom and retain their rights. Remember that you don’t have to talk to the police, you can invoke your Miranda Rights and ask for sound legal representation. Call our criminal attorney in Sacramento for a free consultation today!