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Usually, at the first hearing in a misdemeanor case, the judge will hear and decide the matter UNLESS a party requests a continuance. That said, continuances are usually freely given at the first setting.
However, he's much better off to consult an attorney prior to the court hearing and prepare a defense to the charges or have the lawyer try and reach a deal with the prosecutor to try and resolve the issue.
Thus, your son should consider hiring a lawyer as before he has court and try to get the matter resolved at the first setting.