That isn't sloppy. That's legal malpractice; you NEVER assume you've been granted a continuance. In my experience, if I have no order in hand, I'd sure as hell be checking the Department's online calendar the day before to see if the case was still listed.
Oh, and Tammy Sue and Shannon? There are plenty of reasons Emily isn't defending Gina in this. There are attorneys who SPECIALIZE in handling DUI cases, and are experts on the types of arguments to make, the challenge to the breathalyzer calibration, etc., especially in the case of a first offense, as well as having a working relationship with the courthouse staff that most likely hears these cases. They have an ongoing professional relationship with the DA's in Orange County and would be able to strike a bargain regarding fines, community service, etc. They also can be useful regarding dealing with the DMV. This is the lawyer you want to take with you. A friend who got busted for DUI asked our mutual lawyer friend to handle his matter, and the friend said "no - you want someone who knows their way around these matters."