can a defendent ask for a continous on a settlement hearing for more time to prepare his case
Divorce / Separation Lawyer
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.
Criminal Defense Attorney
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.