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First Time Going to Court? What It Takes to Make a Good Impression

The thought of having to go to court may have you dreading the experience. You have to be prepared for whatever the justice system has to throw at you. Here are some steps to take to make a good impression.

Show up on Time

No one likes to be kept waiting, especially a busy court. If you’re late, they may decide to keep you in jail without hearing your side of the story. It may also show the judge that you aren’t taking the charges seriously. At the very least you need to show up on time. It will be to your benefit to arrive a little early. This will give you a chance to settle your nerves before you have to go into the courtroom. You’ll be able to better assess the situation. In some instances, you may even be able to meet the prosecutor.

Dress to Impress

It can be difficult to look your best if you’re coming directly from jail. A rumpled and disheveled appearance isn’t going to do you any favors in front of the judge. They may get the wrong impression about you. Use a bondsman who can provide you with a court appearance bail bondso that you can get ready for the occasion. Their services involve helping you select the right clothes and making sure that you’re well groomed. You want to show the judge that you’re an upstanding citizen.

Be Respectful

Be polite when you’re addressing anyone at the courthouse. This means that you need to use appropriate greetings, such as sir or ma’am. Remember to keep your comments to yourself throughout the duration of the proceedings. You may feel as though you’ve been unfairly charged. This is your time to show everyone what a model citizen that you are who couldn’t have committed these crimes. People are more likely to trust you if you’re keeping yourself under control.

Keep Your Emotions in Check

Sometimes the most difficult part of being accused is not being able to stand up for yourself. Try to keep a straight face and not get angry. Show interest in what is going on around you. The judge wants to see that you’re engaged with the court proceedings. Let your lawyer handle your interactions. You only need to speak when you’re asked a direct question by the judge or are testifying.

Going to court is not all that different than going to a job interview. You have to use the same basic skill set to make the right impression.

Author Info: Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake. You can find her on Twitter.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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