Facing criminal charges can be a stressful time for the accused. If you’re heading to trial, then you’re going to have to attend the criminal court.
Attending court can be a daunting experience, especially if it’s your first time. Does it matter how you conduct yourself in court? In short, the answer is yes. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
The courts typically face significant backlogs and they won’t take kindly to tardiness. Not only could this leave a bad impression on the judge and jury, but you could end up with further charges being added to your original case. Failure to appear is a serious offense in Florida and the potential penalties are severe.
Make a good first impression
If you’re facing a jury trial, then the jury is supposed to think about the case in terms of the facts they have at their disposal. The reality is that humans form much of their opinions on the appearance of an individual and their demeanor. This is worth remembering when you attend court. You only get one chance to make a good impression. You’re trying to show that you’re a good person who did not commit the offense in question. Think carefully about your appearance as well as your tone and language should you opt to testify.
Facing criminal charges is extremely difficult, but it’s important to remember that you will have your chance to tell your side of the story. With the appropriate conduct and legal guidance on your side, you have a better chance of achieving a more favorable outcome in your case.