When it comes to your first appearance in criminal court, you may be feeling overwhelmed and intimidated. Since there is potentially a lot at stake, it is critical to understand what to expect when you step foot in the courtroom. While the nerves may remain, not only does being well prepared place you in a better state of mind heading into your case, but may also help in the outcome of your case.
The most common tips to prepare for your criminal case include:
- Show up on time – Being late is never a good way to start your case and a poor reflection of your character. It is a waste of your lawyer’s time, the prosecutor’s time, and the judge’s time. Furthermore, it shows that you may not be taking your legal matter seriously.
- Dress appropriately – No matter what kind of occasion, the first thing people will judge is the way you appear—especially when it comes to what you’re wearing. Although a suit is not necessary, men should dress appropriately as it shows respect for the court and the legal process. Women should avoid wearing anything too revealing and keep their attire professional.
- Avoid speaking out of turn – If you have quality legal representation, you will likely not have to say much, if anything at all. If you are not being spoken to directly, never speak out of turn—no matter how strong the urge. Just remain polite and courteous throughout the proceedings.
- Being nervous is okay – Just to reiterate a point made earlier, you are most likely going to be nervous whether it’s your first time or fourth time around. It is common to be at loss for words or stumble over them when you speak. As long as you’re polite, being nervous is perfectly fine.
For more information, contact our Allen criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Kyle K Shaw, PLLC today.