Can i request a continuance in order to find a private lawyer

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Can i request a continuance in order to find a private lawyer

Im out on pre trial release and
i have my initial court
appearance for possession with
intent to distribute meth and
possession of paraphanalia, and
i need a few onths to save up
for a lawyer. Will the judge
grant me the continuance?

Asked on October 4, 2018 under Criminal Law, Utah

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, they will not continue it for "a few months to save up for a lawyer": if you are indigent (poor), you should apply for a public defender or legal aid. 
If you are in the process of hiring a lawyer and say you need an extra 2 or 3 weeks to get him/her hired and on board and up to speed on the case, that they'd likely grant. But not months to save money.


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