You should plead not guilty( the court will give you a new court date), get the brake light fixed before the next court date, then on your court date bring with you a copy/receipt of the work done by the mechanic and show the prosecutor that it is now in proper, working order. Despite, it being considered a "small" infraction, I've seen prosecutors give pro se individuals (people unrepresented by an attorney at court) a hard time about this specific violation. If you can, i'd hire an attorney. If not, you should proceed accordingly.
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You may be theoretically correct, however the police are within their rights to issue the summons. Enter a plea of not guilty and show the prosecutor that you had the lights fixed and they may dismiss the charges.
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Police are within their rights to write the ticket up for this violation. It will be up to you to provide all relevant documentation related to the repair to the prosecutor. It will be within his/her discretion to completely dismiss the ticket. Good luck!
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