Believe it or not, brushing your teeth and combing your hair can go a long way. Not only will you not stink to high heaven, but the people around you will appreciate the fact that you are not the source of any foul odors. That being said, do not go overboard on perfume or cologne. Remember, you are not going to court to find a date, you are going to court to deal with a serious legal situation. If you must either goto work after court or come from work to court, you may wish to consider having a personal hygiene bag with you so that you can freshen yourself up before entering into the courtroom. Remember, to leave time to accomplish this task. Also, most courthouse security protocols will not let you bring into the courthouse most of your personal hygiene items. Finally, do not chew gum or tobacco in court.
Choose conservative clothes
I know this attorney who wore a purple suit to court. Needless to say, the judge was less than impressed. Remember, seventy percent of what you communicate is non verbal. This means how you are dressed conveys a message about you to others. For example, if you are facing a drug charge and you show up in court with your favorite t-shirt that has a cannabis plant imprinted on the t-shirt, you may want to rethink your choice of shirts. Of course, not everybody can afford a suit. While it may be nice to wear a suit to court, it is not required. For men, if you have a collard shirt and a nice pair of pants, that should be sufficient. For women, an outfit that is either a skirt and blouse or nice pair of slacks with a blouse should be sufficient. Avoid wearing an outfit that draws unnecessary attention to you. For example, a woman should avoid an outfit that shows too much cleavage. Blue jeans should be avoided, unless you have no choice in the matter. Never wear shorts.
A word about color
Blue suits and grey suits are the best colors in court because they are conservative and not flashy. Black is a conservative choice, but remember you are not going to a funeral. Also, the good guys rarely wear black. A white suit on men tends to be too flashy. Remember, you are looking to engender good will towards yourself. Also, avoid polka dots because it tends to be very distracting. The last thing you want is for a juror or judge to be wondering how many polka dots you have on your dress or shirt and not paying attention to what you are saying. For men, a red or blue tie is preferable because red is a power color and blue is a calming color. Remember, you want to avoid having your clothing do too much talking for you.
Tattoos and piercings
Tattoos and piercings have become much more prevalent in today's culture. While you may believe your tatoo is something to be proud of, you need to remember that judges and jurors tend to be more conservative. Of course you can't erase a tatoo. However, one can minimize a tattoo simply by wearing long sleeves and other types of clothing to mask the presence of a tattoo.
As for piercings, a woman should avoid more than two earrings if at all possible. Tongue piercings should be removed (if possible0. If you can't remove the tongue piercing, remember to speak slowly and enunciate your words. Piercings in you lips and eyelids only serve as a distraction and do not tend to inspire confidence in your audience at court.
A man can certainly have an ear pierced, but make sure it is tasteful. If at all possible, remove the piercing because you never know how the judge or jury may view you.
As a general rule, the less jewelry you have on the better. Jewelry can be distracting to a juror or judge. Also, depending on the type of case that you are involved in, jewelry can send the wrong message about you to others. For example, you may be involved in a dispute over child support. If you look like you are dripping in gold, you may be sending the wrong message to the fact finder, to wit: you either have enough money and don't need more or you have more money than you know what to do with and your kids need more of your gold.
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