A defense attorney will find themselves in court on a daily basis. Court appearances almost become routine when you have practiced law for any length of time. For those unfamiliar with the justice system, however, preparing for a court appearance can be an intimidating task. This can be especially true for defendants, when so much is on the line. There are some tried and true tips for your next court appearance that we have accumulated over our years of court room experience. From defendant to witness, these tips will help you feel confident the next time you find yourself in court.
Tips For Your Next Court Appearance
The basic rules can be summed up with the three P’s.
- Be Punctual Court dates are set well in advance and the dockets are often jammed packed. No judge will look kindly on your case if you cannot be on time. If you want to start off on the right footing with the judge, don’t be late.
- Be Presentable Court is a very serious place, where significant decisions are made. It is important to look ready to participate in the solemn occasion. Be fresh and clean, well groomed and nicely dressed.
- Be Polite Given the significance and seriousness of the decisions made in court, it should be no surprise that attitude will greatly impact the judge’s opinion. By virtue of their office, a judge is a powerful position; hence the title, “your honor.” This role is worthy of your deference, civility and respect. To do otherwise is not only rude, but may also land you in jail under contempt of court.
Failure to follow these three rules is the best way to ensure your next court appearance will be a disaster. Below are some more tips to help guide you when appearing in a court of law.
Of course, these are just a few guidelines to follow the next time you find yourself summoned to appear in court. The right attorney will help to guide you through the legal process to help ensure a positive outcome. If you would like to learn more about the legal services offered by Chassaniol & Marty, LLC, contact our office today.