Friends (the 6 of you out there): you know that I am a criminal defense lawyer here in Atlanta, Georgia who specializes in defending people against federal criminal investigations and actual prosecutions. I also handle cases throughout the country. Many clients decide that their better option is to plead guilty. Recently I met with a young man in the U.S. Military who decided to plead guilty, and we discussed some of the little things he can do to make the process go more smoothly, all with the goal of trying to convince the federal judge to impose the most lenient sentence possible.
TIP NUMBER ONE-dress appropriately. I know, sounds simple, but we are trying to impress the Judge, and first impressions do matter. Dress as if you are attending a religious service, a wedding or a similar formal event. Avoid flashy jewelry and makeup. When possible, cover tattoos with long sleeves, etc.
TIP NUMBER TWO-be prepared to admit you are guilty. This one is often difficult, and goes against the grain for many people. We are naturally reluctant to admit to our mistakes, especially in front of a Judge, but my experience over the many years is that clients who end up with the best sentences are the ones who clearly and honestly admit upfront that they screwed up and committed a crime.