Helpful Tips for Court

If you find that you’ve been arrested, you know what to do:  be calm, listen carefully, and call Mercy Bail Bonds.  But what happens after we’ve helped you post bond and you have been released?  You’re probably worried and stressed about your upcoming court appearance, but there are a few things that you can do to help your case.

  1. Be on time.  If you show up late, it will not only make a bad first impression but being even a few minutes late could cause your bail to be revoked and any collateral forfeited.  Be sure to allow extra time in case you get lost, have trouble parking, or go to the wrong place.

  2. Dress appropriately.  How you dress will speak volumes to the judge.  You want the judge and jury, if there is one, to see that you are taking the court and the proceedings seriously and that you care about the outcome.  Be neat and clean.  Business attire is recommended.

  3. Cover any visible tattoos.  

  4. Turn off your phone.  Any electronic devices should be turned off or muted before you enter the court.

  5. Be respectful.  Show respect to everyone in court, including the lawyers, the judge, and everyone else who is there to do their jobs.  You should also be respectful of anyone you encounter on your way into court―you have no idea who these people are and they could turn out to be your judge or potential jurors.

  6. Be prepared.  If you are making any claims in court, bring documentation to support them.  The court will not simply take your word for it.

  7. Speak clearly.  Make sure you speak with a clear voice that is loud enough to be heard, and it should go without saying that you should avoid using profanity.

  8. Do not interrupt.  The court doesn’t like anyone trying to talk over anyone else and the judge will not tolerate it.  Wait your turn.  It’ll come.

  9. Stand when you are told.  You will be told to rise when the judge and jury enter the room and again when they leave.

  10. Listen to instructions.  Before your proceedings begin, the bailiff will give instructions on what to do and how to act.  Listen carefully.

  11. Make sure your friends and family follow the rules.  If you’re going to have any friends or family members in court to support you, remind them that they are a reflection of you and that they should dress and act accordingly.

  12. Address the judge as “Your Honor”.  Also, respond to yes and no questions with “sir” or “ma’am” following your response.

  13. Be as quiet as possible during your proceedings.  Not only is this respectful, most proceedings are recorded.

  14. Be aware of your body language.  Do not show expressions like eye-rolling while other people are testifying or talking.  Don’t fidget or tap your fingers.

  15. Stand up when you address the court.  It shows respect.

When you go to court, you are being judged.  It’s literally why you’re there.  But you are being judged by more than just the crime you are accused of; the judge looks at how you carry yourself, your attitude, and how you speak.  The better you represent yourself, the better your outcome will most likely be.

If you have any questions about bail and court procedures or you find yourself in need of a bail bondsman, call Mercy Bail Bonds today at (727) 856-7775.  We can help.