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How should you dress for a criminal trial or hearing?

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2024 | Criminal Defense

If you’re going to trial, the impression that you make on the judge is very important. Yes, they are going to be reviewing the facts of your case. But the way that you represent yourself to that judge is going to impact how they view you, which could alter the sentencing or even the odds that the jury will find you guilty or not guilty. 

In this sense, it is important to prepare and dress properly. Your future may hang in the balance, so you want to do everything you can to give yourself an advantage. How should you dress before your trial or court hearing? 

Business casual 

In general, you should aim for business casual. You do not need to wear a suit and a jacket — although you certainly can if you want — but it is best to wear a button-up shirt and dress pants, with a belt. Tuck your shirt in and button it all the way to the top.  

Women may decide to wear a skirt or a blouse, though they should also generally just aim for business casual. This means subdued styles, muted colors and a more refined appearance. For example, many people wear black, gray, white or navy blue.

Essentially, it may be best just to imagine that you’re going in for an interview to get a new job. You want to look respectable and make a good impression on the other party. But beyond that, you want to show that you’re taking the hearing or the court case seriously. You understand the potential ramifications and the accusations. Even if you believe you are innocent, you’re taking the process and the justice system as seriously as you should.

As you move closer to your court date, be sure you carefully consider all of your legal options.