Facing a court appearance following a criminal charge? Unsure of what to
wear? How to address the judge? How to conduct yourself in general? You're
not alone. Unless you are a lawyer or courthouse staff member of some
kind, it is normal to be unfamiliar with what is expected of you in court.
If your defense counsel is looking out for your best interests, however,
they should be advising you on these matters and ensuring that you make
the best impression possible to the judge and jury. At The Law Office
of Jason Luong, PLLC, we are happy to provide a few essential tips to
current and prospective clients on these matters right here on our blog.
- For men: suits are preferred, but business casual is acceptable. No jeans
or sneakers, shoes only. Wear a tie. Keep any long hair tied back and
facial hair trimmed/neat.
- For women. Pantsuits are preferred, but business casual is acceptable.
Conservative hair and footwear are encouraged. Excessive make-up is not required.
- Bright colors are frowned upon, choose neutrals instead.
- Jewelry should be kept to essentials: wedding rings and watches.
- If possible, keep tattoos concealed.
- Cologne or perfume is not necessary.
- Arrive at court early. Tardiness can negatively affect your case.
- Silence all personal devices and phones before entering the courtroom.
- Remove any hats before entering the courtroom.
- Do not bring any snacks into court.
- Remove all noisy items (like keys or loose change) from your pockets.
- Do not speak during your hearing until you are addressed by the judge.
- If you must speak to the judge, remember to use "your honor."
- Be cordial to everyone in the courtroom, including the prosecutor.
- Remain attentive, listen to who is speaking at all times.
With the proper advice and preparation, you can not only show to the judge
and jury that you are treating your criminal charge with the seriousness
it deserves but are also giving the judicial process the respect it deserves.
If you have more questions about your criminal charge and want to learn
how a dedicated
Houston criminal defense attorney can help you avoid maximum penalties,
contact us today.