When you are in trouble with the law, it’s important to have a strong criminal defense in place. Some people will focus on what they want to say in court and the evidence that they have to defend themselves but not think about something that is also powerful: their appearance.
The way you look when you go to court can have an impact on your case. It may influence the judge and jury. Your appearance, including your actions, will matter and could take a borderline case from a likely guilty verdict to one of innocence.
Your appearance matters when you attend court
It’s right to worry about what your defense is and how it will stand up against the prosecution’s case. Of course, facts matter and your defensive stance will have much to do with the outcome of your case.
Your attorney should talk to you about your appearance and behavior in court, too, though. Why? Wearing the appropriate attire, reacting correctly to what people say in court and being respectful all have a major impact on your case.
Dressing correctly for court shows that you have respect for the court. It shows that you understand that you need to be prepared for the court date and respect the court’s rules. In general, you should:
- Avoid wild hairstyles
- Wear business attire
- Avoid T-shirts, miniskirts, tank tops or open shoes
Essentially, you want to think about court in the same way you may approach a church service, funeral or wedding. Dress up rather than down to make sure you look your best.
Your attitude can make or break your case
No judge is going to put up with a bad attitude in court. To help yourself, it’s a good idea to talk to your attorney about how to address the judge and when you may or may not speak. They may coach you on how to react to accusations or comments made by the prosecuting attorney.
If you come to court prepared, look appropriate and act respectful, you’ll be in a better position as your case moves forward. You may find that it helps turn the tides in your favor and helps you get a more reasonable sentence or walk away without penalties at all.