How do I get my court date moved to give me more time to find an attorney? 16 Answers as of October 29, 2012

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Anderson Law Office
Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
You need to appear in court on the scheduled date and request time to find or pay an attorney.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 10/29/2012
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq. | John J. Carney
You should appear in court and ask for an adjournment to retain a private attorney. If that is not granted have the judge appoint a public defender and tell him not to do anything until you retain a lawyer.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 10/29/2012
Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
When you go to court, ask the judge to continue your case so you can find an attorney. If this is your first court appearance, most judges will continue the arraignment for 2 to 4 weeks to give you time to hire an attorney. If you have already had a continuance, it will up to the judge to decide whether he will grant another continuance.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/28/2012
James M. Osak, P.C.
James M. Osak, P.C. | James M. Osak
Did you have the pre-trial yet? Go to the pre-trial plead not guilty and tell the judge you're RETAINING an attorney.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/28/2012
Shane Law Office
Shane Law Office | Robert J. Shane
At your next court appearance ask the judge for a two week continuance to hire a lawyer. You should have no problem.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 10/28/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    It depends upon the charge and the court. If it is lnot a serious charge, the clerk of court may change your court date. More than likely, you will be required to appear at the scheduled court hearing and request from the judge a continuance.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/28/2012
    LAW OFFICE | JAMES A. GIZICKI
    This is a general response, pursuant to Michigan Law, based on the limited information you have provided. Each situation contains different factors which can alter the advice you seek. It is recommended you personally consult with an attorney for a more definite answer to your unique situation. Appear at Court when scheduled to and ask for the adjournment so you can hire an attorney. If you can't afford one ask the Court to appoint an attorney for you.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/28/2012
    Law Office of Eric S. Lumberg | Eric S. Lumberg
    Request an adjournment from the judge Unless there have been other requests the judge will usually allow this.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/28/2012
    The McDonnell Law Firm, PLLC
    The McDonnell Law Firm, PLLC | Patrick J. McDonnell
    Just ask the court for an adjournment. Do it as far in advance of the court date as you can. Courts like to adjust their calendars accordingly. Many courts will not grant adjournments on the day of court.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/28/2012
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    You can request a continuance from the Judge at your court date in order to hire a privately retained attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/28/2012
    Not Guilty In DC
    Not Guilty In DC | David Akulian
    On the next court date ask the judge for more time for that purpose but it will help if you have the names of some attorneys who you have spoken with already.
    Answer Applies to: District of Columbia
    Replied: 10/28/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Ask the court for more time they will usually grant you a reasonable amount of time to get one, so they do not have to appoint one for you.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/27/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    Move for a continuance at your next court date. They will ask you to waive your speedy trial rights but that's no big deal.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/27/2012
    Law Office of Edmund P. Allen Jr. | Edmund P. Allen Jr.
    Ask the judge for a continuance to get counsel on board. The judge should understand that it usually takes people time to get a retainer together. The judge will want you to waive your speedy trial rights to accommodate your request, and you should agree to do so.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/27/2012
    Clinton Law Office | Michael Clinton
    Ask for a continuance to allow you time to find an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/27/2012
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    You should be able to request a continuance of your first court appearance (the arraignment) in order to get an attorney. Show up on time and when your case is called, let the judge know that you'd like time to hire your own attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/27/2012
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