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Some tips for your day in court

If you are heading to court for a criminal, DWI, divorce, family law issue or any other legal matter, you may find yourself feeling nervous and not sure what to expect. When you are at the court it is critical to not show negative emotions or hostility about your situation.

A few tips to help you through being in court are

1. Be sure you know where the courthouse is and where the courtrooms are. If you are not sure, go to the State of New Hampshire's website at http://www.courts.state.nh.us/ for court information or call our office.

2. Familiarize yourself with the courthouse. The more familiar you are with your surroundings, the calmer you will be.

3. Be calm. Listen to relaxing music on your way to the courthouse, breathe deeply and walk around to get rid of some of your nervous energy.

4. Keep your voice low. Whether you are talking to someone that is with you or on your cell phone outside, the courtroom, make sure no one overhears you. You do not know who is within hearing distance and you do not want it to be an opposing attorney or prosecutor.

5. Let your Attorney do the work. Take direction from them and trust that they know how to handle the situation. Listen to what they instruct you to do or not do. They have the expertise to navigate the process. Your trust in them is critical.

When in doubt, talk to your attorney beforehand to be sure you are properly prepared and understannd how things will go.

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