I never received a single piece of mail from the county court, let alone the one that was supposed to inform me of my court date. I found out through an advertisement that my date has been scheduled for friday june 27th, leaving me no time to apply for a public defender. Due to my college tuition bill payment coming up, I cannot afford a lawyer. As soon as I called the court to confirm my date was the same as the advertisement, I wrote the judge a letter requesting a continuance, and mailed it on Monday afternoon. It is unlikely that I will receive a response by next Thursday, and I will likely have to travel to MD to appear in court that Friday. What advice can anyone give me on how to handle this situation before, during, and after my court date?
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