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What Should I wear for my Court appearance date?

You have to appear in court and you don't know what to wear.

Common question, "How should I dress for my court appearance date?" Hello, I'm Steve Fagan, from the Law Firm of Fagan, Fagan & Davis. I am a criminal, DUI and traffic defense attorney here in Illinois. And were going to talk about what you should wear to court. It is often overlooked.

Join me for a minute while we do, the first thing you have to do is, this is a courtroom, it's a place of business, and there is a certain formality to it. Everybody is wearing a uniform, or professional attire. Now when you walk in a courtroom you want to be treated with respect.

Likewise the people that are working in a courthouse also want to be treated with respect and they want you to take your case seriously, even if it's a simple speeding ticket.

Treat this like it matters, that's what you should do. Just to give you an example, of a place where dress became very important. I was once sitting in a courtroom, and a misdemeanor call here in Cook County, and a young man walks into court and the young man came to court in shorts and a t-shirt, stood up before the bench and the state's attorney had no choice but to dismiss the charges, as the judge wouldn't give them any more time.

As the young man turned to leave, unfortunately for him the judge looked up at just the wrong moment, and what do you think he had on the back of his shirt? That's right, a big marijuana leaf. The judge didn't like that, and the rest of that day didn't go so well for the young man.

Men should wear something business casual, as should women. Women can go with a suit pant set, women can go with a blouse and skirt. Men don't have to wear a suit and tie like I would, but you can wear khakis and a button down shirt or even a polo shirt with a collar.

Try to avoid t-shirts with big marijuana leaves on the back, it's a bad idea.

Thanks for joining me. My name is Steve Fagan, from the Law Firm of Fagan, Fagan & Davis. If you have questions you can call us at (847) 635-8200 or visit us online at

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