Can a settlement hearing be postbone or a continous from the defendent and or lawyer in a criminal case

Asked over 3 years ago - Phoenix, AZ

can a defendent ask for a continous on a settlement hearing for more time to prepare his case

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  1. Howard M Lewis

    Pro

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . it will depend upon if the case was previously continued and the reasons for the continuance. in most courts, continuances are common requests. good luck.

  2. Timothy P Linnins

    Contributor Level 6

    Answered . Yes. As long as the continuance is not for the purpose of delaying, the judge is likely to grant it. Especially with a criminal settlement conference, it's normally in the interest of judicial economy to allow more time to prepare for a settlement conference.

  3. Charles Elwood Soechting Jr.

    Contributor Level 17

    Answered . a defendant's first request for a continuance is almost automatically granted especially if the defendant needs additional time to find an attorney or investigate the facts behind the charges against them. You can even request the DA to agree to the continuance before making a motion to the court.

    Good luck.

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