How many times can a defense lawyer ask for an adjournment date?

My neighbor has had her criminal case adjourned twice in the last 2 months for violation of parole. She also has a case against her for food stamp fraud. How man times can her court appointed attorney ask for adjournments? Adjournment reason is for investigation-discovery reasons.

Asked on March 18, 2011 under Criminal Law, Michigan

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

It is within the discretion of the court to determine whether or not to allow the proceeding to be postponed until a later date.  The judge will not allow this to continue indefinitely and will probably set a deadline for completing discovery.  At this point, it would appear that additional time was needed for discovery/investigation.


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