Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.
This is a site for lawyers to answer your questions. We cannot represent you here. When you go to court you can ask for a postponement to obtain counsel, which a judge will typically give you on a first court date. If you cannot afford an attorney yourself you may also want to put in a request to have the court appoint you an attorney or public defender.
You may have a defense to use at trial if the search was unreasonable, and if not, as a first offense, there are outcomes that you are probably eligible for that will keep the conviction off of your record. There is something called a diversion program where the case is postponed for you to complete the requirements (usually a drug class and/or some community service) and is dismissed upon successful completion. This keeps a conviction off of your record.
In that case, I would try to call the court to see if it can get postponed due to your living out of state. Most judges require a written or in-person postponement request but given the fact that you don't live in state they may entertain the request anyway. You will likely have to show up at court at some point if not tomorrow to resolve this issue. If you cannot get a postponement via telephone tomorrow, it is possible the court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest and then you will have to file a motion to quash the warrant.
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