If it’s the day of my court date but I would like a lawyer, will the judge give me time to get a lawyer and move my court date back?

Asked on October 1, 2014 under Criminal Law, Alabama


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

It is possible the judge will do this--he or she has the discretion, or authority, to do this if he or she likes--but the judge is not required to. You are aware of your court date in advance; you are expected to get a lawyer ahead of time, instead of waiting until the date and seeking a delay.

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