My Court Date is Approaching Rapidly. How Can I Prepare for It?

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My Court Date is Approaching Rapidly. How Can I Prepare for It?

If you are involved in any type of legal dispute, your case may be resolved in court. This is known as litigation. If you have never been inside a courtroom before, the prospect of appearing at trial and defending your case can be daunting. Make your court date easier for yourself by working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to determine not only the right legal strategy for your case, but how to effectively navigate the courtroom.

Dress Appropriately for the Courtroom

First impressions matter. Make sure you make a strong, positive first impression by dressing appropriately for court. The best way to easily dress for court is to dress like you are going to an interview for a white collar job. For men, suits, ties, and dress shoes should be worn. For women, suits are appropriate, as are office-appropriate blouses with slacks or skirts. If you are unsure about whether an article of clothing is appropriate for court, discuss it with your lawyer.

The following should never enter a courtroom:

  • Hats other than religious head coverings;
  • Shorts;
  • Flip flops;
  • Tank tops;
  • Graphic t-shirts;
  • Unnaturally colored hair;
  • Visible tattoos;
  • Brash and unconventional jewelry; and
  • Work boots, stiletto heels, sneakers, and other footwear that would not be appropriate in an office setting.

Work with your Lawyer to Organize your Presentation

In court, both sides of a dispute present their cases with evidence and testimonies. Think of this part like giving a presentation at school or at work. Your lawyer can help you determine which facts to include in your presentation and how to accurately present them while staying within the bounds of proper courtroom decorum.

Familiarize yourself with Courtroom Decorum and the Rules of your Specific Courthouse

The term “courtroom decorum” refers to the procedures in place in a particular courthouse. These can include standing when court is recessed. Complying with the proper decorum of your courtroom, which can vary slightly from courthouse to courthouse but generally follows the same guidelines, is essential to presenting your case effectively and avoiding mishaps.

Bring Copies of All Necessary Documents

You will support your case with evidence, which can come in the form of photographs and other documentation. Talk to your lawyer about the evidence you will use in your presentation and be sure to bring multiple copies of each piece of evidence with you to court. Make this easier for yourself by organizing them into a binder.

Work with an Experienced Schaumburg Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, it is in your best interest to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney to develop a solid defense strategy for your case. This is not the only way your defense lawyer can help you – he or she understands the nuances of the courtroom and can explain them to you to help you defend your case effectively. To learn more about working with an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact Shannon P. O’Malley, Attorney at Law today to set up your initial legal consultation with Mr. O’Malley.