Going into court is a very stressful time. Not knowing what to expect, how to act, how to talk – it can all take a toll on your state of mind and cause you excruciating anxiety leading up to your court date. There are many things you can do as a defendant to improve your chances of getting the outcome you want. We have put together a list of seven helpful tips for defendants to help you prepare your for court.
- Dress appropriately
When going to court, it is extremely important that you look your best. Wearing professional clothes shows that you are taking this process seriously and that you are trying to help yourself. Women must make sure not to wear clothes that are revealing or inappropriate. Men must make sure to wear clothes that fit nicely and are in good condition. Presenting yourself is a large part of the court process.
- Don’t be late
In fact, be early! Being late will only hurt your chances of the outcome you want. The judge and lawyers do not want to wait for you to show up. Being late can make you seem like you don’t care about what happens to you or anyone else around you. Prepare by leaving at least 30 minutes earlier than you think you should, even and hour if needed. Being early is always better than being late.
- Be respectful and positive
Perhaps the worst thing you could do in a court hearing is be disrespectful to the judge. Having a positive attitude and a respectful outlook will always help you in this situation. Replying “Yes, sir” and “Yes, ma’am” to the judge will show them that you are respectful and polite. Also, avoid statements such as “I don’t care” and “It doesn’t matter”. These tell the judge that you do not want to better your situation. Always be positive, but realistic.
- Be prepared
Before your court date, make sure all your thoughts are in order. Gather any documents you might need and make sure they are organized. Also, practice being in court with your lawyer, a friend, or a family member. Going over your communication skills can help you prepare for the real deal. Practice your statements, the answers to the questions, and any story you might need to share.
- Hire a good lawyer
Don’t take this situation lightly. Hire a lawyer that you trust and that believes in you. (Look at our list of lawyers to help you get started. ) You want someone who is going to fight for you. While money is a problem for most defendants, there are some good lawyers out there that don’t charge an arm and a leg. Research, research, research. Invest time in choosing a lawyer that you connect with.
- Be completely honest
Tell the whole truth. Do not lie or exaggerate to any extent. If you tell exactly what happened, there will be no chance for you to mess up your story. Remember as much detail as possible, without going on and on about things that might not matter.
- Keep a poker face
No matter what happens, try not to react in an extreme matter. Do not yell, roll your eyes, or try to fight back about what someone is saying. Keep calm and content. Stay relaxed and trust your attorney. Blowing up emotionally will only hurt your case.
Put together, these tips should help you look and feel calm, cool, and collected. As always, if you have any questions give Martinez Family Bail Bonds a call at 877-504-8688
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