How to Act in Court for a DUI Trial

If you are preparing for a DUI trial, the way you behave in court can significantly impact the case’s outcome. Judges only look at the evidence presented before them; fair or not, part of that evidence is their understanding of who you are. It is likely that they’ll make a judgment based on how you speak, 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 Courtroom Behavior?

One of the first things a judge will observe is your appearance. You should dress how you would for a job interview. If you are seeking detailed information on how to dress, check out our blog post about how to dress when attending court. At the very least, know the basics: wear a tie, a button-down shirt, slacks, and dress shoes. For ladies, wear a pencil skirt and a blouse or a plain dress. Make sure your hair and/or beard is well-groomed.

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

Things to keep in mind for every hearing or during the trial:

  • Remain polite before, during, and after the hearing, regardless of the outcome.
  • 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".
  • Speak slowly and clearly.
  • Only respond to questions that are asked of you.
  • Do not interrupt others that are speaking.
  • Be conscious of your emotions, facial expressions, and physical gestures.

Discussing your 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 leak information to the prosecution—and they can use it against you. If you are facing criminal charges, it is in your best interests to be mindful of how you behave in court.

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