How Do I Dress to My Criminal Court?
As a Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer based in Houston, TX I am in court every single day. And as silly as this question may sound, its very important. I cant tell you how many people show up to court dressed inappropriately.
My name is Eric Benavides and I’m a Texas criminal defense lawyer.
I want to speak to you today about a question I get time to time from my clients. Now it might seem like a silly question but it’s actually a very important question.
How do I dress to court?
Now the correct answer is business casual. Dress as if you’re going to church or you’re going to a job interview, dress as if you respect the system. Now it might seem silly but the DA’s have your picture in their files. Sometimes the judges ask lawyers to point out their clients in court.
What can this affect? It could affect the general opinion about you. It could affect your bond, it could affect your bond conditions, and it could affect the type of plea offer that the DA gives you. So at the end of the day don’t put yourself already ten steps behind, dress nice to court, take it seriously, and you’ll thank yourself later.
Eric Benavides is a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney. He is a co-founder of Benavides & Serrano, PLLC. He is a graduate of the prestigious Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Trial College, and is a proven trial lawyer. He has been recognized as one of the best criminal lawyers in Houston by the Houstonia magazine, and has earned a perfect 10.0 rating on AVVO.