If you’ve been arrested and are facing criminal charges, you’ll
likely have to make a courtroom appearance. Because your time in court
may be short, how you choose to present yourself before the judge and
a jury is seen in how you dress and what you say. While facing possible
penalties for a crime can be overwhelmingly frightening, it’s imperative
that you enter a courtroom level headed and behave in a manner that cannot
be misconstrued by a judge. In this blog, our Houston
criminal defense attorney shares a few tips on how to navigate through your first courtroom appearance.
Being on time has never been more important than in court. You want to
show the judge, the jury, and your attorney that you value their time
as much as they value yours. Showing up late or not showing up at all
shows that you have a lack of concern and respect – these factors
are taken into account during case proceedings. On the day of your court
appearance, plan on arriving to a few minutes early to give yourself time
to go over any last minute details with your attorney.
Dress to Impress
In terms of dress code, choose an outfit that would also be appropriate
to wear to a business interview. You want to dress modestly and professionally.
The likelihood that you’ll be given the opportunity to testify or
speak on your behalf in front of the judge and jury is very slim. What
you decide to wear is the one of the only impressions you’ll be
able to give when entering the courtroom.
Speak Only When Necessary
Before your hearing or court appointment, you and your attorney will go
over what to say and when to say it – everything you’ve been
told to say has been strategically calculated. While you may be tempted
to use your court appearance as an opportunity to declare your innocence,
you should follow your attorney’s instructions and let him or her
do the talking. If you are asked a question directly by the judge, you
should keep your answers brief and concise.
Arrested? Don’t hesitate to contact a proven Houston criminal defense
attorney from The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC. Call (713) 489-2009 to
request a free case evaluation.