Thank you for that info.
If this is a first appearance, a party responding to a restraining order petition is entitled to have an attorney. The individual must simply inform the judge that he/she wishes to have time to consult with, and hire, an attorney. The continuance will most likely be granted because this is a first appearance.
If, however, a continuance is granted and the individual comes back without an attorney, then the courts are not required to grant a second (or subsequent continuance).
The process of asking for time to speak to an attorney is rather simple. Once the case gets called up, the individual must inform the judge that he/she wants time to hire an attorney. After that, the judge will more often then not grant at least one continuance.
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