Arraignment verses adjudication

I was pulled over on 6/10 for being in the HOV Lane. I was going to pay the fine so I wouldn’t have to go to court on 7/7. When I looked in the court case system to see if it was there, 2 things stood out 1 my name is spelled wrong and 2 it says arraignment instead of adjudication. Do I still pay the fine?

Asked on June 22, 2016 under General Practice, District of Columbia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you definitely have to pay the fine. The law does not invalidate tickets (or, for that matter, criminal summons or civil complaints) due to harmless typos, and what you describe are harmless typos: they do not  affect the essential truth or validity of the ticket. If you try to fight on this basis, you will lose.

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