Whenever you appear before a judge, the first impression that you make
can have a long-term effect on the outcome of your case. If the judge
does not believe that you take the accusations against you seriously,
they may be more likely to impose harsher punishments upon you. By taking
a moment to go through your wardrobe and being conscious of how your actions
may impact your appearance, you can prevent your clothing from negatively
affecting your case.
How should I dress for court?
The best rule for dressing for court is determining if you would wear this
outfit to a wedding or to church. If you would not, then change. You will
be judged the entire time that you are defending yourself and need to
ensure that your clothing projects the image you intend it to.
Thomas & Willis, LLC have prepared some tips that can help you figure
out what to wear for your court date to keep the focus on your legal defense
and not what you chose to wear that day:
- Wear clothing that fits properly, is clean, and well-maintained
- Dress according to the claim you are trying to project
- Maintain hygiene by being properly showered and shaved
- Keep jewelry and makeup to a minimum
- Cover up any tattoos and piercings that you can
- Do not wear bright or garish colors
- Wear dress shoes
While the way that you dress may not seem like enough to affect your case,
the little things can signal a lot to the judge. For example, if you are
wearing a new and expensive watch but your attorney is trying to claim
that a conviction would cause undue financial hardship, the court may
not believe that statement. If you are in court for a DUI-related charge
and you wear a tee shirt with a prominent beer brand across the front,
the judge may be less inclined to believe you were not drinking.
If you or a loved one need guidance and legal representation for an upcoming
DUI case, contact the Atlanta DUI defense firm of the Thomas & Willis, LLC. Our firm has over 230 years of combined experiences, with familiarity in
all of the possible defenses to accusations leveled against you.