Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
If the ticket has no code cited and the written description (if there IS any) doesn't describe any illegal action, it doesn't look to this non-lawyer like there should be any problem beating this ticket. Of course it might help if the OP knew what if anything was written on the ticket.
Many (far too many) tickets are issued that are defective on face, in that there's no clear violation stated, or that the action doesn't match the statute sited. These are easily beaten in court, but it requires an appearance, which can be an expensive and time consuming process, so many opt to plead guilty and pay a fine which is cheaper in the long run.
For many years Connecticut drivers would be cited for "no front plate", front and rear license plates being mandatory in NY and New Jersey. However at the time (maybe still now") the State of Connecticut issued only a single plate, so no CT car ever had a front plate. Dismissal was automatic if you appeared in court, but the court wouldn't accept the defense by mail.
I had an employee who was routinely cited for this violation, and couldn't afford to waste time in traffic court each time. If finally ended when a lawyer friend drew up a letter and served it on the captain of the precinct, threatening to sue him personally if his men weren't trained in the simple fact that there were no front plates on CT cars. Of course it was an empty threat, but the message was understood.
There's no real answer to harassment by citation, but if there's a clear pattern, the best remedy is often through the local TV news. Police command staff hate to be embarrassed, and having a TV reporter stick a microphone in their face while asking whether the cops are writing invalid citations (especially if they're toward the end of the month) to harass certain classes of people, or to make some kind of monthly quota.