If you have been following the case against Jacob Scott Hughes, the man charged of killing his girlfriend’s 17 month-old daughter, you might have already seen the video of his outburst in court. Mr. Hughes’ behavior after his verdict was uncouth to say the least, from yelling obscenities at the judge to the complete disregard of respect and empathy for the situation at hand. Even though his cursing and conduct didn’t do him any favors, it does serve as a prime example for what not to do in court. Our Nashville criminal defense attorney at Collins Legal has compiled a list of tips that you can keep in mind when you face your day in court. We explain how your best behavior can actually help you in the long run.
Behaving in court is as simple as adhering to the following:
- Dress to impress – When going to court, the defendant should plan to dress as if they are going to a job interview or in conservative business attire. Most courts have dress codes, but more importantly, what you wear could consciously or subconsciously affect the opinion of the jury.
- Manners matter – A simple “please” and “thank you” can go a long way, especially in criminal defense cases. By using good behavior you can stand apart from defendants that are rude or uncaring. It's also important to always show up on time!
- Be polite to the judge – There will be times during the trial when the defendant must directly speak with the judge. When this happens, be sure to talk slowly and audibly and stand when addressing them. Refer to the judge as “Your Honor” and keep your emotions in check.
- Watch what you say, not just how you say it – Defendants shouldn’t discuss their case with witnesses, reporters, family members, or anyone who isn’t their lawyer. Even then, make sure that when you talk to your lawyer, you are in a private location.
Be mindful and respectful during your trial process. You never know what effect your words and actions can have.
For more information about criminal defense in Nashville, contact our attorney at Collins Legal today.