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Good afternoon Travis, I am a Criminal Defense attorney and former Prosecutor for the State Attorney's Office. I'll be answering your questions today, please understand this is for informational purposes only, and we do not currently have an attorney-client relationship. Please allow me just a few minutes to prepare some information for you, thank you!
Just to clarify so that I can better assist you, did you say you are now facing 2 misdemeanors? Or is it just one? If you can let me know what the specific charges are that would be best.
Also, is the court date that you have coming up in 2 days, will that be your first court date for this new charge? If so, then it's just Arraignment, where the prosecutor will let you know what the formal charges are against you and ask how you plea. In that case, you don't necessarily need a lawyer there because you just plead not guilty, and accept any paperwork they hand you, then your lawyer will will be able to look at your case and go from there once you are able to officially hire him to represent you.
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Okay, from the above information it sounds like you may already have had your arraignment hearing, the next date will be for sounding, it's a status hearing, so that the judge can know whether you and/or the state want to move ahead to trial or whether both parties will be coming to a plea agreement.
If you need more time in order to retain your attorney, then you can ask for a continuance at this court date, and state the reason to the judge as being that you are working on retaining your lawyer, which you'll be doing in the next week. You're allowed to ask for a continuance at this date, and it should be granted to you on this basis. That way you'll have enough time to retain your attorney and have him get to work on your case. In other words-- yes, you need an attorney at the upcoming court date, but since the money for hiring him is a bit of an issue for this week, you are permitted to ask for a continuance, and that will buy you the time you need.
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Hi, I'm Heather, an attorney with experience in criminal law and I would like to assist you. I'm not seeing that a PA lawyer is accepting this question at this particular time, but I am happy to help.
You need to go to your court date. If it is going to take you a couple of weeks to a month to get the money, the judge should be ok with that, as long as you explain it, and let him know how long of a continuance you need. As long as the amount of time you are requesting is not unreasonable, you should be able to get the extra time.
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Really, you just need to go into your court hearing and verbally ask the judge. Sometimes, attorneys file motions for continuances or extensions of time, but you can go into court and do it verbally, and that really is the easiest way. You will have to explain your reason for needing the time, and state the amount of time you thinks is reasonable.
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