My Citation Has an Error, Does that Mean it Will Be Dismissed?

Not necessarily. A case will only be dismissed if the flaw in the citation is fatal and it is not amended by the prosecutor prior to the start of a trial. For instance, in a Shoplifting or Larceny case if the officer incorrectly lists the store's name that must be corrected prior to the start of a trial. On citations for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia the officer must list the alleged type of paraphernalia such as "wrapping papers." Errors like misstating the victim information, or alleged activity are fatal flaws. However, if the error is simply a misspelling of your name or address etc. the flaw is viewed as minor and will not impact the outcome of the case. 

If you notice an error on your citation, you should consult with an attorney to discuss your options. An error on your citation is NOT an excuse to miss court. Missing court could result in an order for your arrest or a failure to appear on your record. 

If you have any questions regarding a citation, or the information on it, call the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel for a free consultation. You may also email the attorneys directly by contacting Kristi Haddock at or Wiley Nickel at


Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.