Is a jaywalking citation valid if the officer wrote an incorrect date for my court appearance?

Asked about 1 year ago - Austin, TX

I got the jaywalking citation on December 22, 2012 but the officer wrote my court appearance date as January 24, 2012: a clearly impassible date for me to appear. I just need to know if the citation is invalid on its face because of this "material mistake", which denies me the right to appear in Court, or is it just a clerical error which can be corrected without affecting the validity of the citation?

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  1. Richard Timothy Jones

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    Answered . Clerical error. I do lots of cases in Austin Muni court and this happens a lot .
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  2. Diana Elizabeth Buss

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    Answered . It's still valid, just a misnomer, they can amend it.

  3. Patrick Owen Earl

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    Answered . Yes the citation is valid and is fixable by the officer. Call the court and get it finished, paid or contested.

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