How to Present Yourself in Court

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How to Present Yourself in Court

Coming before a judge can be a nerve wracking experience. The uncertainty of the outcome of your case can make it even more daunting. It is important to not let this fear prevent you from making the most of your appearance and influence the judge’s decision in your favor. Coolidge Law has vast courtroom experience in Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, and Gilbert. We are therefore very well aware of the benefits of a well presented client. As an attorney, it is imperative to help the judge see the client portrayed with certain characteristics for the best outcome.

Tips for Success

A courtroom, is a professional setting that demands respect. To gain respect, you need to show respect. To be successful in presenting yourself well in court, it is imperative to follow these simple steps:

  • Dress Appropriately. Wear clothes that are modest, professional, have no rips in them, and show your intent of respect.
  • Be Respectful in Your Speech. Having appropriate language and speech that addresses the judge in a respectful manner is important.
  • Do Not Interrupt. You will get a chance to speak for yourself and relay your side of the story. It may be difficult to sit quietly while others make arguments against you but it is imperative you do so.
  • Be Educated. It is important for you to be aware of the details of your case, the allegations against you, and what evidence may be against you.
  • Listen. Listen to what the judge is saying, stay engaged in the process, and pay attention to what is happening around you.
  • Attend All Court Appointments. Be sure that you arrive on time for all required court appointments.
  • Follow Your Attorney’s Lead. Todd Coolidge is a respected, experienced lawyer and will be able to guide you in the best actions towards the judge, jury, and for your case. Follow his lead.

When presenting yourself in court, it is important to remember that your presentation can affect your sentencing. Disinterest or allowing yourself to cognitively check out, inappropriate dress, and/or a disrespectful attitude can be detrimental to your case.

In circumstances or situations where you find yourself on the other side of the law, it is important to have someone advocate for you who can navigate the legal system with ease. Coolidge Law is on your side in the trying times of life to provide help for felonies, misdemeanors, DUI’s, and other criminal defense cases that may arise. Contact us today to set up an appointment.


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