First of all, for becoming your own lawyer you have to know your statutes and codes. All statutes and codes are now available on internet and you should take a look at them. Pay attention to the ambiguous terms and learn them if it is necessary.
The biggest step in building your case is to understand and try to use every word of every code’s line, but once you do this you are on the right track.
Another step is to know the rules of the court and what the court said about the similar cases as yours. Try to keep your emotions under control and not to panic. It’s best to realize that every situation has benefits and risks and to stay realistic.
If you can’t afford a lawyer, you have the right to get one for free, but probably he is a busy person and could use a little help from you. Ask the judge if this applies to your case.
You have to understand the court system for being prepared for every kind of question about the procedures. Besides the internet research, it is better to buy some books which contain laws, cases and other terms that you need.
The truth is that it is normal to be nervous in a trial. The main thing you should do is to look in the people’s eyes, and that way you hide your panic. If someone sees your goofy behavior, they will report you to the court.
It is true that it isn’t an easy task, but you will be fine if you can control yourself. Don’t forget that your clothes matter, so dress appropriately.
For a good impression and for calming down your thoughts, just try to arrive early and be prepared for showing all the laws you learned. Pay attention to addressing with ‘Your Honor’ when you talk to the judge and thank him when you finish what you have to say. The primordial factor is to be respectful all the time and to adopt a straight posture.