We’ve always known that being good-looking has major advantages in the workplace from faster promotions to larger bonuses. However, a new study confirms that the good-looking get a bigger and better break in the courtroom too.
A study conducted by researchers at Cornell University, found that less than attractive defendants were up to 22% more likely to be convicted than good-looking ones. It’s not just that fact that will be disconcerting to any Houston criminal defense lawyer. The study also found that not only were less attractive defendants more likely to be convicted, but they were also likely to be handed longer sentences. On an average, attractive defendants were handed sentences that were 22 months shorter than less attractive ones.
There was some good news, if you can call it that. This difference in convictions and sentences does not seem to be seen in serious cases like murder, where the difference between attractive and less attractive defendants, was minor. However, in the case of minor crimes or offenses, there was a very noticeable difference in the conviction rates, as well as the length of sentences handed out to both groups.
It is not the first time that study has yielded such results. Over the past several decades, there have been a number of studies that have probed whether a defendant’s looks have anything to do with whether he gets convicted or not. Studies have been conducted across the pond too. One study in the UK found that good-looking defendants were much more likely to be acquitted of crimes than the more rough looking ones.
No matter what you look like however, the biggest factor standing between you and a conviction still remains an expert and experienced Houston criminal defense attorney. If you have been charged with a crime, contact the experienced trial lawyers atd Kahn Law Firm today for a free, confidential case evaluation at 713-226-9900.