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What if the officer writes the wrong date on the ticket?

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2009-07-01 18:18:42
2009-07-01 18:18:42

You can try to argue it. He/she may have already caught the error and changed it on the court copies. Depending on the exact nature of the offense ticketed, the police officer has a certain period of time within which to amend the ticket to put in the correct date. Although this type of mistake is not an automatic reason to dismiss the ticket, it might impeach the officer's credibility if it goes to trial. Most likely it would not damage the officer's credibility to the extent where the court will disbelieve everything he/she says about the violation.

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Yes. Just be able to prove where you were at the time written on the ticket. Can you PROVE beyond a shadow of a doubt that you were somewhere else at the time/date on the ticket?


It is very unlikely that a traffic ticket will be dismissed if the Officer does not record the birth date correctly.


If you show up in court on the date written on the ticket and the officer is not there to prosecute the ticket the judge SHOULD dismiss it. On the other hand, if YOU failed to show up on that date, you were probably found guilty in absentia. As for the other part of the question - it is unknown what you mean by ".. did not write what the ticket was for other than a citation."


Only if you want to contribute to the improvement and initiative of your city government. If its the wrong amount, go to traffic court on the date indicated. 90% of the time the cop won't show up and you pay nothing. If the cop shows, tell the judge the amount is in error and will wait for the judge to correct the overcharge.


Unless it materially changes the circumstances of the infraction it is unlikely to matter to a judge. IF I65N was under construction and I65S wasn't, that may be important to a judge; but generally if the ticket is sufficient to identify the person charged, the date, the court and what you are alleged to have done wrong, it will not be dismissed.


== == You still have to appear in court, on the "court date" shown on the ticket, and argue the facts about the incorrect information. Approach the Prosecutor, before court starts, and show the ticket, and ask, POLITELY, for it to be "with-drawn". He/she will decide to proceed or not.


No police Officer has the power to make you pay a ticket before the court date. I happen to be a police Officer. When a Police Officer writes you a traffic citation he will give you a Court date that you are suppose to attend to prove your innocence. If you choose not to attend court you have the option to pay the fine. Paying the fine before your court date basically is saying that you are guilty. If the officer tells you to just pay the fine reason being is that he either has a weak case against you or he wont show up to court. Now for Example if you plea not guilty in court the Judge will give you another court date to attend in which the officer will be given a subpoena to testify against you. If the Officer does not show up in court the case will be dismissed.


It MIGHT depend on the mistake you are referring to, but usually NO, it doesn't make any difference. In the law these are referred to as "scriveners errors" and if enough of the information contained on the ticket is sufficient to prove that it was actually YOU that the officer was ticketing, then a wrong date, or a misspelling of a name will not do the trick.


As far as i know, if the officer who wrote the ticket doesnt show up to your court date, the fine as well as the points of the ticket are dismissed, its as if you never were pulled over.


In the state of Connecticut, you have 30 days to pay a traffic ticket. The answer date will be written on the back of the ticket by the police officer who gives it to you.


sure can, as long as the officer is not available at the time and the judge calls the case to the bench.. you can win by default if he doesn't show..don't let them postpone the case..


If you broke the law, pay the ticket. The only appeal is if there is no date recorded on which the crime was commiited.


A technicality in the ticket is not going to be a reason for the person to claim that the ticket is invalid and disregard it. You still have to follow up.


The written ticket will be sufficient to show probable cause and the judge will schedule a trial date if you enter a not guilty plea. The officer will show up for the trial.



Generally speaking Officers submit the tickets to court within 30 days but they have as long as 12 months from the date of the ticket.


Yes. You can take it to court if you wish but most all traffic court magistrates and judges will allow the officer to correct such a minor error in court IF all the other information contained on the violation notice is correct.


If all the other information is correct probably not. Courts customarily allow officers to 'amend' the information on the ticket prior to their testimony.


The officer always has the right to void a ticket after the fact as well as if he cannot he can forgo going to court on said date and the charges will be dismissed.


Depending on the exact nature of the offense ticketed, the police officer has a certain period of time within which to amend the ticket to put in the correct date. This type of mistake is not an automatic reason to dismiss the ticket, but it might impeach the officer's credibility if it goes to trial. Most likely it would not damage the officer's credibility to the extent where the court will disbelieve everything he/she says about the violation.


You CAN NOT give an officer a ticket, but what you can do is write down the car number and the date and time you obsevered it. Then you can go to the police Staion and ask the dispatcher/receptionist what the officer's name is and file a complaint.


== == You still have to appear in court, on the "court date" and ask the Prosecutor if the ticket can be with-drawn, based on it's "defects". If the vehicle plate number is correct, and it is registered to you, he may have the officer re-write the ticket on the spot and you will still have to answer the charge, that day. Minor errors can be corrected before the trial begins, and the charge heard by the court, without prejudice to your case. Be prepared to show your vehicle's registration papers, to proove the correct model and color of it. This may not get you off .


Not if the ticket were given to the driver by the officer at the scene. The wrong address is an administrative error and has nothing to do with wherher or not the offense was committed. The driver receiving the ticket has been given notice of the charge and the trial date and court location would be on the ticket. Most state laws would allow the officer to amend the ticket anyway. Drivers, especially from out-of-state, are not going to get out of tickets on little technicalities like that. Now, if the ticket were mailed to the driver at the wrong location and if he were convicted for failing to show up in court, the ticket would still not be dismissed, but any conviction would be set aside and things would start over again.


Doctor's Excuse. If you can't get one, then when you go to court ask if the officer who gave you the ticket is there, chances are slim that the officer showed, and before entering a plea request your case be continued or dismissed. If there is no arresting officer, then there is no witness against you, & 99.9% of the time you will get a continuance for review or a dismissal.


I got a ticket several years ago, near the WW bridge and it was for 85 in a 55 which was reckless driving at that point. I paid about $250.00 and court fees of $35.00. It depends alot on the judge that day. FYI!!! Check your ticket for accuracy, if there are any mistakes in time, date, or anything else can get you off. The officer in Va sign the ticket under the penalty of perjury that EVERYTHING on the ticket is true and accurate. I found that out too late to help me ( the officer wrote in the wrong time of day), but I had already plead guilty at that point and could not take advantage.



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