You can come to the shelter hearing and advise the court of that. You can tell them that you would like to continue the shelter hearing. Typically, the court would allow that for at least 24 hours to give you a little bit more time to retain or consult with an attorney.
Obviously, not in all cases will they grant that continuance, but in most situations they’ll allow you at least that time to go and try to consult and hire a private attorney on your own. In a few rare circumstances, you may qualify for the appointment of an attorney by the court as well, and that might be a possibility as well.
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