Will the judge continue my case if I don't have a lawyer?
Question Details: I'm 21 years old and a first time offender. I was cought with a marijuana pipe and partially under the influence. I'm not sure if I need legal representation for my case and I don't want to represent myself. If I ask for a continuence do to the fact of lack of legal representation will the judge continue my case for about a week or so that I can obtain legal representation.
It is very likely that the judge will continue your case so you can retain an attorney, because 1) there is a strong public and judicial policy in favor of making sure that everyone who wants a lawyer has a chance to obtain one; and 2) denying you a reasonable opportunity to hire a laywer would provide an execellent ground for appeal--and trial court judges hate being reversed on appeal, and so tend to not do things providing an easy basis for appeal.
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