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How you appear in court could affect your DUI case

If you have recently been charged with drunk driving, you likely have a lot of concerns on your plate. At the top of that list of concerns is doing your best to avoid serious consequences, including a conviction for the DUI charge. As a result, you want to do what you can to prepare for your upcoming court appearances and case overall.

Working on your criminal defense strategy is certainly an important part of your ordeal. However, it is also wise to not focus solely on the big picture and to remember that the details also matter. In fact, how you appear in court could have a bigger effect on your case than you realize.

Appearance matters

If you show up to court wearing flip flops, ripped blue jeans and a wrinkled shirt, the judge involved with your case will immediately make certain assumptions about you. First, it may seem as if you do not care about your case enough to have made an effort with your appearance. Second, the judge may assume that you look like someone who would drink and drive, and unfortunately, some judges can have such biases, which could work against you.

Instead, wear something relating to business attire. Even if you do not have a suit and tie, you can help yourself appear put together by wearing slacks and a collared shirt. If you cannot afford new clothes for court appearances, ask friends or family if you can borrow certain items.

Show respect

Even if you do not have a soft spot for authority, it is necessary to show respect while in court. If you show up late, slouch in your chair, roll your eyes or scoff at anything the judge says, you are not setting yourself up for success. Instead, listen closely, answer any questions respectfully and appear interested in the proceedings. It is also vital that you show up to your case on time. In fact, showing up early is better than showing up exactly on time. 

Stay positive

A DUI charge can certainly put a damper on your life for a period of time, but you do not have to assume that you will automatically face a conviction. You can do your best to prepare for your case, including learning how to behave in court, and proceed confidently. It is also important to keep in mind that you can obtain help throughout your case from an experienced Wisconsin defense attorney.

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