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I agree you must file a Motion to Continue. If the court date is not too near, you can do so in writing. You can also appear in front of the judge and make the request. Make sure you DO appear though, even if you file the motion and do not get a response, as failure to appear will lead to an order of removal being entered against you.
Samuel Ouya Maina, Esq.
Law Offices of S. Ouya Maina, PC
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San Francisco, CA 94104