You need to seek the help of family and friends so that you can hire another attorney immediately. Judging by your story, you cannot depend upon the Judge to be sympathetic and grant a continuance. He may do that for an attorney who is just getting in the case.
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There is no way of being able to guarantee a continuance. You're going to have to hire an attorney. Tomorrow!
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You need to retain another attorney right away. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please feel free to give our office a call at 404-636-6616.
There is no assurance that you will get a continuance. For your lawyer to have left the case, he/she had to withdraw and that process takes a couple weeks given the mandatory notice to you, so a judge may feel you have had time to get counsel. And, since things have already gone badly, don't assume you will get a fair shake pro se.
This is a time you need family and friends. Enlist their help to retain someone before the hearing date. Good luck.
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