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Appropriate Dress for Court in Massachusetts

It is important to dress properly for court as the judge will immediately form an impression of you based on your appearance. Proper dress shows respect for the court system. You should never wear shorts to court as in most courts you will be forced to go home for a change of clothing. You should avoid jeans, t-shirts and work clothing as well. You should dress for court as if you are going for a job interview, to a formal family dinner or to a religious ceremony.

If you are arrested over the weekend and summons to court for Monday, generally you may have to wait for your case to be called as the court typically does not have the paper work for the weekend arraignments immediately at 9:00 am.

You should leave your cell phone in your car as only attorneys and court employees are allowed to have cell phones in the court.

Be Respectful to the judge and address the judge as your honor and answer any questions with either a yes or no your honor.

Do not talk or fool around in court as the judge may see your behavior in the court room even before you appear before the judge. Sit patiently while waiting for your case to be called. Do not sit with your arm around a person you are with as it will anger some judges and be viewed as a sign of disrespect for the court system.

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Michael was very professional and explained the process clearly and told us to be patient. After one year the charges got dismissed in the trial. Excellent knowledge of the court systems in the area of Boston. Would highly recommend him Ashwani
A careless decision on my part left me facing charges which would have severely hampered my ability to stay employed and support myself. But attorney DelSignore's skillful analysis and challenging of the evidence against me resulted in a conviction on a lesser charge. Now I'll be able to go on with my life, having learned a lesson I'll never forget. Thank you, Michael. Scott
Mike stuck with my case for 3.5 years and always kept me informed regarding the status. Ultimately, because of his due diligence, we ended up with an OUI not guilty verdict. This case could have gone many ways but his thorough review of the case and exceptional preparedness for trial ultimately drove a positive outcome. Thank you Mike! David
Michael DelSignore did an amazing job with my case! Either him or his partner Julie was always available to answer any questions I had and helped walked me through the entire process. I could not have done it without them! I highly recommend choosing this law firm to deal with your legal needs, you will not be dissatisfied. Ashley
I cannot express the gratitude towards both Michael and Julie for their amazing work and help. It was a very stressful event and they certainly put me at as much ease as possible. From start to finish it took 14 months and all the way through they were both very engaged with me. Today was worth the wait, Michael was great in court and I was rightfully found not guilty. I would recommend Michael and Julie over and over again. Claire