I got in a small fender bender and was cited for following too closely. At closer look at the ticket, the officer got my first name, middle name, birthday, and Drivers License Number incorrect. The only things that are correct are my home address, and License Plate Number. Should I contest it?
Whether or not you contest a ticket is a personal and not a legal question.
That said, as to the "technicality", it probably won't be fatal to the ticket, not in terms of a motion to dismiss anyhow. Still, cross-examination is called an "art" for good reason and, these inconsistencies can definitely, 100%, be used to destabilize and bring into question the officer's observations, memory, accuracy, reliability and overall credibility, all of which can result in a "not guilty" verdict.
However, my guess is that you have about as much business practicing law as I do commanding a nuclear submarine... meaning none. Please understand that this is not personal to you. It is a simple truism in the legal profession. It is very easy to screw up a case when one does not understand the complexities of the rules of evidence, the nuances of rules of procedure and the art of cross-examination; and you are very likely to unintentionally screw up your case if you serve as your own lawyer (ergo Abe Lincoln's famous quote... "He who represents himself has a fool for a client.").
That said, in my opinion, the best defense for any traffic citation anywhere is to hire a local traffic ticket lawyer. I can't speak to the Swamp per se but in Miami, Fl, where I have been a practicing criminal defense lawyer for nearly a quarter of a century, there are many skilled and experienced traffic lawyers who know the law, the procedure, the Judge and probably the cop. In short you will almost certainly get both competent representation and a better result for a relatively small fee / investment.
Wishing you luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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The officer can simply amend the citation to correct the errors you're describing in court, and it will nevertheless go against the officer's credibility.
Depending on your traffic history, contesting the ticket will usually be the most beneficial thing for you to do, regardless of whether there were any clerical errors on your citation. If the goal here is to avoid points on your license, this can often can be done even if you committed the traffic infraction described on the ticket. A lawyer can often negotiate a withhold of adjudication to avoid points on your license at court (if the officer shows up), and if the officer fails to appear at court, get the whole thing dismissed.
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