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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: This refers to a motion for continuance being filed in a criminal case in Florida. Here is what it means:

- A "motion for continuance" is a request made by one of the parties in a case to postpone or delay the court proceedings to a later date.

- In this case, it appears the State (prosecution) has filed a motion asking the court to continue (postpone) the case.

- The statement "Defendant ____ joins the State" means the defendant is agreeing with and supporting the State's motion for a continuance.

- Rather than objecting to the request for a delay, the defendant is "joining" the motion and asking for the continuance along with the prosecution.

So in simple terms:

- The State wants more time and has asked to reschedule the court date.

- The defendant agrees with the request and is also asking for the case to be postponed.

- The defendant is "joining" the same motion filed by the State prosecution.

This indicates both the prosecution and defense are on the same page and jointly requesting the continuance from the court. The judge will then decide whether to grant the motion and delay the proceedings to a future date agreed upon by the parties.

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Leonard Louis Cagan
Leonard Louis Cagan
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Ocala, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: If you are not sure what is happening i would suggest discussing it with your attorney. There can be many reasons to continue a case that can be helpful to you. It is impossible to guess at such a reason but if you have questions talk to your lawyer about it.

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