Q: What is my best option for contesting a Civil Citation for possessing alcohol on the beach?
I recently received a civil citation for possession of alcohol on the beach in Huntington Beach CA. The fine associated with the ticket is $125. I was considering contesting due to financial hardship as I'm a recent graduate and still have $75k plus in student loan debt that I am actively paying off. However I noticed that the date on the ticket is wrong. Would this be a valid reason to contest the ticket?
A: If you can offer proof that the date of the ticket is the wrong day, i.e. some evidence of where you were at the same time on the day the ticket was dated, then you might have a good shot at getting a not guilty for the ticket. You'll have to contest it by appearing and pleading not guilty. Gather your evidence (such as a photo taken at the same time showing you were somewhere else on the date of the ticket, a receipt from getting lunch or Starbucks on the same day at or about the same time), and have it ready to provide to the court. The officer will have to explain that s/he got the date right. For example, you can request copies of the officer's ticket book to review the dates written for the various tickets which were issued, which might prove that the officer just got the date wrong.
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