I'm scheduled to appear in Atlanta municipal court during the time I'm supposed to be out of country. I was charged with "following too closely" citation after I hit lady in the back of her car. Her car had a small scratch, I admit it was my fault and my insurance is taking care of her vehicle. Is it possible to reschedule the court date as I already paid a lot of money for my plane tickets, or I just pretty much have to exchange them and appear on originally scheduled date? Thank you in advance for the advice
Retain a lawyer to appear for you and get the case continued until you are back in the country.
You can mail a continuance to the court, or you can go in person ahead of your court date to the clerk's window and file your request for continuance. Atlanta can screw anything up, but they are pretty good with the continuances. Otherwise, hire an attorney to handle the matter. You might end up beating the ticket too!
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If this is your first appearance, then you can get an continuance by contacting the clerk. If this is not your first appearance, then you need to hire an attorney to appear on your behalf. When is your courtdate?
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