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How to Act in Court for DUI

While you may not think how you behave in court as having a significant impact on the outcome of your case, it can. Judges and the jury, while only supposed to look at the evidence presented before them, may make a judgment based on how you act, behave, or dress during the trial. Knowing how to prepare yourself for your court case can help ensure that your actions in the courtroom do not harm the outcome of your case.

What do I need to know about my courtroom behavior?

One of the first impressions that you will make in the courtroom will be based on your outward appearance. In general, you should dress similar to how you would for a professional job interview. If you are seeking detailed information on how to dress,check out our blog post about how to dress when attending court.

Dressing well is only one important part of attending court. There are many ways that subconscious tics and actions can impact the court's impression of you.

In court, make that you:

  • Remain polite before, during, and after the court case
  • Show up on time to all trials or meetings
  • Don't forget the power of saying please and thank you
  • Directly address the judge using the title "Your Honor" only
  • Speak slowly and clearly
  • Only respond directly to questions that are asked of you
  • Do not interrupt others that are speaking
  • Be conscious of your emotions, facial expressions, and physical gestures

In addition to these rules, discussing the case with anyone but your attorney can lead to dire consequences. Even having a simple discussion with a friend or family member in a public place could lead to information being leaked against you and used in court proceedings.

When you are facing criminal charges in your DUI case, it is in your best interests to be mindful of how your behavior can implicate even more quickly than the evidence presented. With your future on the line, you need to take every precaution to ensure that you represent your best self in court.

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