Reasonable Excuse Law and Legal Definition

Generally speaking, reasonable excuse means an excuse that an ordinary and prudent member of the community would accept as reasonable in the circumstances. The failure to something must not simply be a deliberate act of non-compliance. For example, if the circumstance that prevented a person from meeting the requirement was unforeseeable or outside the person's control, it provides a reasonable excuse. However, this does not necessarily mean that a circumstance that was foreseeable or was within the job seeker's control does not constitute a reasonable excuse.

Example of a State Statute( Wisconsin) using the term reasonable excuse

Wis. Stat. § 946.40

946.40. Refusing to aid officer.

(1) Whoever, without reasonable excuse, refuses or fails, upon command, to aid any person known by the person to be a peace officer is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.

(2) This section does not apply if under the circumstances the officer was not authorized to command such assistance.