Here is some helpful information if you are going to court in Houston, Texas. Presenting yourself in the best possible light, i.e. following court etiquette, can contribute to a favorable outcome in your case. First and foremost – it is very important to not be late. In a worst case scenario being late can result in you being put in jail. Being late will damage your credibility and your overall perception. Because of parking and security at courthouse it is suggested that you plan to arrive at least an hour before the court calls the docket.
Texas Court Etiquette
- Be polite to judges and court officials
- Turn off phones and electronic devices
- Stand when the judge speaks to you and say ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma’am’ or ‘Your Honor’
Missing Your Court Date
You should do everything within your power to avoid missing your court date. Missing court can result in you losing your bond. In some cases defense attorney Carl Haggard can get your bond reinstated if you miss your date — but you cannot assume this will happen and it must be an actual emergency, e.g. being in the hospital for a medical emergency.
While it is not necessary to spend a lot of money on clothes or buy a suit for your court appearance, you should be clean and wear the nicest clothes available. Appearances do matter. For attire, think “church clothes”, e.g. men: button up and tie / women: office attire. You want to be seen as a law abiding productive member of society.
In almost all instances your overall situation going to court will be more favorable if you have an experienced attorney present. If you have been charged with a crime in Houston, TX, Harris County, or surrounding areas or have a court appearance, call (832) 328-0600 or email Carl Haggard at The Haggard Law Firm for a free confidential consultation about your case. With over 30 years of experience and a verifiable winning record, Carl is prepared to fight for you and provide you the best legal defense possible.