If you’ve been arrested and facing criminal charges, you’ll
have to make an appearance in criminal court. Because time is limited
during a courtroom appearance, it’s imperative that you prepare
adequately to ensure you make the most of the time you are given. In this
blog, our Dallas criminal defense attorney shares a few tips on how to
prepare for an upcoming courtroom appearance.
You want to show your lawyer, the judge, and the jury that you value their
time as much as they value yours. Showing up late or not showing up at
all shows a lack of respect. You should plan on arriving to your appearance
a few minutes early to go over any last minute details with your attorney.
Dress to Impress
Think of your court appearance as a business interview – you want
to dress in a way that is professional and appropriate. Because you are
the defendant, the chances of you being given the opportunity to speak
or explain your charge is very slim. How you dress is the only impression
you will give to the judge, opposing counsel, and jury.
Think Before Speaking
While you may see this as an opportunity to declare your innocence, it’s
important that you let your attorney do the talking. If you are asked
a question directly by the judge, you should answer in a way that is brief
and concise. Before stepping into the courtroom, you should be instructed
by your attorney on what to say and when to say it.
Our Dallas criminal defense attorney has more than 20 years of experience
aggressively defending the rights of clients facing criminal charges.
If you’ve been arrested or are being investigated for a crime, you
should not hesitate to call (214) 307-8667 to
request a free consultation.