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Being a seasoned Buffalo defense firm, DuBois Law is uniquely positioned to get you the best outcome we can for your case. Today, let's take a step back and look at why the way you're dressed at court is so important.
NY Defense Attorney Explains: Courtroom Attire's Importance
In the courtroom, an attorney can only do so much to assist you. Having legal counsel who understands you and your case thoroughly is essential, but you also have a part to play. Something as simple as your attire can influence a judge or jury subtly. That's why your courtroom dress is so important.
You don't need to go and buy a new 3-piece suit, but your dress does need to be something decent and formal. You do have to look put together enough to convey the message that you're taking the action seriously. When you're working with DuBois Law as your counsel, we'll advise you on what to wear for your court date.
What Not To Wear to Court?
Remember, presentation matters in court. You're being judged before you say a word and before we begin opening remarks solely on your attire and body language. There are some articles of clothing and shoes you should never wear in the courtroom, no matter how flattering or fashionable.
- T-Shirts, muscle shirts, strapless or spaghetti strap dresses or tops, jeans, and shorts.
- Clothes that are too tight, too baggy, or too short.
- Hats or other caps; unless it's for religious reasons you don't want to have headgear on.
- Open-toe shoes, sneakers/trainers, sandals or high heels with too pronounced a lift.
- Ostentatious jewelry and/or makeup
- Sunglasses (unless prescribed)
- Bright, attention-grabbing colors
What to Wear to Court?
That leads us to what you should wear to your court date and how you should present yourself. You want to be in muted, dark colors or nudes like tans, black, beige, navy, etc. Your clothes need to fit well and not show too much skin. Your shoes need to be formal and serious. For women, consider a business suit, or formal attire that you'd wear to a job interview. For males, if you have a suit, wear it, if not, wear a nice collared shirt and khakis. If you don't have a tie, go get one. The legal team at DuBois Law will be able to give you pointers if you tell us what you plan to wear on the day to make sure your attire won't have a negative impact.
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