If i have a court date in a state thats two states away from where i live, and my car breaks down, is that a reasonable excuse to push back court date?

It was a shoplifting charge from Walmart in Siloam
springs, AR for 4 items of small packaged food worth
under 20. I have a court date and there is a huge
blizzard happening where I am from St Joseph,
MO. I was trying to drive and something happened
to my car to where I can barely drive, let alone drive
it down to Arkansas. Also the weather and roads are
so bad here that power is out in a lot of places and
roads are terrible. Is there any way to push my court
date back in this instance?

Asked on January 12, 2019 under Criminal Law, Alaska


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

It is, but the problem you may face is that some courts simply don't allow you to adjourn (push back) the court date in advance; the require that you or someone on your behalf appear for court. Contact this court and find out its procedures; you may need to retain a local lawyer to show up for you.

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