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Q: How many continuances do I get in a domestic violence case

I already asked once for one

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Domestic Violence Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In California, there isn't a set limit on the number of continuances you can request in a domestic violence case. However, it's important to understand that each request for a continuance is subject to the court's approval. The decision to grant a continuance depends on the reasons you provide and the circumstances of your case.

When you request a continuance, you need to show the court that there are valid reasons for the delay. These reasons might include needing more time to prepare, waiting for important evidence, or dealing with unforeseen circumstances. The court will weigh your reasons against the need for a timely resolution of the case, especially considering the serious nature of domestic violence charges.

Keep in mind that the court might become less inclined to grant additional continuances, particularly if it appears that requests are being made to unnecessarily delay the proceedings. Being transparent and reasonable with your requests, and demonstrating a genuine need for additional time, is key.

If you're concerned about your ability to proceed on the scheduled date, it's advisable to discuss this with legal counsel, who can provide guidance on how to effectively communicate your needs to the court. Remember, the court's goal is to ensure a fair and efficient process for all parties involved.

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