Though people tend to say that it’s what’s inside that counts, in a court, your appearance matters. The impression you make on a judge or jury could influence your case, even though it shouldn’t.
If you’re accused of a DWI, it is in your best interests to do everything you can to come across as your best self when you’re in front of the judge. That includes acting and looking appropriate in court.
How can your appearance impact the judge or jury?
Imagine seeing two people walk into a courtroom. One is wearing a suit and is accused of driving while intoxicated. The other is in jeans and a T-shirt with messy hair. Which one would you automatically assume is more likely to drive while intoxicated? Which one would you assume has less respect for the court?
You would probably think that the person in casual clothing with less attention to their appearance was the one who was more likely to break the law. That’s the power of clothing and how you present yourself to others. That’s why your attorney will likely suggest that you wear a suit, get your hair cut or take other steps to improve your appearance before you go to court.
Attitude matters, too
Remember that your attitude matters, too. If you walk into the court room laughing and joking, a judge may think that you’re not taking the case seriously. If you interrupt them, they may become frustrated by the fact that you’re not listening or are being too defensive.
When you appear in court, it’s wise to stay silent until you’re asked a question or are told to speak with the judge. You should have expressions that fit the seriousness of the situation. You don’t have to be stoic, but if you’re facing a DWI after causing a crash, humility and an apologetic appearance would do more for you than being lighthearted and seeming to mock the victims.
Your attorney will go over all the factors that could influence your case, especially the way that you should present yourself. You may be surprised at just how much your expressions and appearance matter.