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 appearances.
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