If you have the misfortunate of being a defendant in a criminal trial,
it is critical to spend a few minutes or so planning your wardrobe. How
the judge or jury perceives you are one of the many contributing factors
that will influence a final court decision. If maximizing your chances
of an acquittal or a less severe punishment is your ultimate goal, here
are some suggestions on choosing the appropriate clothing for your court
How Men Should Dress
Men should wear long dress pants and a belt if the pants have belt loops.
They should also wear a collared shirt—that is tucked into the pants—with
a tie. While a sports coat or blazer is optional, it is strongly encouraged.
Ensure you wear shoes with socks.
How Women Should Dress
Women should wear a dress that is considered conservative. Skirts should
be no more than two inches above the knee, although long pants are also
an option. A blouse, a sweater, or a casual dress shirt will suffice.
What Not to Wear
The following are pieces of clothing any male or female should not wear to court:
- Flip flops or sandals
- Halter or tube top
- Anything see-through
- Clothing which exposes the midriff or underwear
- Baggy pants that fall below your hip
- Ripped or torn jeans
- Exercise outfit
If you were arrested for a criminal offense in Maryland,
contact a Salisbury criminal defense attorney at
William R. Hall, P.A. for a free consultation today.