One of the biggest misconceptions I see in the Harris County Criminal Courthouse
is when judges think that a soft spoken person is being disrespectful.
I imagine it is because it is difficult to find a criminal trial lawyer
that is soft spoken, therefore judges incorrectly assumes that everyone
is going to be as vociferous. I must admit that I am one of the loudest
talkers at the courthouse. Nevertheless, I do not assume that everyone
is going to be as comfortable talking loudly in a court of law like I
do. That is why I tell all my clients especially those that are soft spoken
that they need to really speak up when they address the court. Otherwise,
the court will interpret that as being disrepectul or disinterested in
what is going on with their case. It must seem strange to talk loudly
in a courtroom for some people, but it becomes necessary because of the
acoustics, the chatter that is going on throughout the courtroom, and
the fact that some judges have difficulty hearing.