The Martin County Sheriff's Department in Florida were called by neighbors after a man was washing his car and doing yard work while completely naked.

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Inside the Law: Public Indecency on Your Own Property

November 15, 2018 - 5:30 am
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By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Martin County Sheriff's Department in Florida were called by neighbors after a man was washing his car and doing yard work while completely naked. 

The police said that since the man was on his own property, there was nothing they could legally do about it.

Really? No. Not really. 

While state laws vary, in most states, to be guilty of exposure, lewdness, or other crimes that involve being viewed in the nude, the location need only be visible to the public. 

So, even if you are on your own property, you can still be arrested if others can see you. And, by the way, "most states" includes Florida. The police have since changed their mind and now say that they can arrest the man if he continues to do his work in view of the public in the nude.  

For their part, neighbors other than the one who called the police have said that the man is being portrayed in the wrong light, since they are, and I quote, "the nicest people you'll ever meet. They would give you their clothes if they had them on to give them to you."

The man involved would not comment, as he is, according to the police, too private to speak on camera.  

Florida.