Is it worth fighting a public consumption ticket?

Over the weekend I left a bar with a beer. I went to finish that beer, and a cop stopped me and issued me a ticket. A couple things wrong with the ticket (wrong address, no DL number recorded), but my main issue is no statute was listed as violated. The ticket says, “Defendant did consume and open 12 oz. bottle of beer” but again, no statue was listed. Is this worth fighting, or should I just pay the fines? It’s a mandatory court date, but with no statute I’m having trouble finding what the penalty may be. Do I have enough to warrant dismissing the ticket?

Asked on February 27, 2012 under Criminal Law, New Jersey


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