N.Y. Criminal Procedure Law Section 150.50
Appearance ticket

  • filing a local criminal court accusatory instrument
  • dismissal of insufficient instrument


A police officer or other public servant who has issued and served an appearance ticket must, at or before the time such appearance ticket is returnable, file or cause to be filed with the local criminal court in which it is returnable a local criminal court accusatory instrument charging the person named in such appearance ticket with the offense specified therein; provided, however, that no separate accusatory instrument shall be required to be filed for an appearance ticket issued for a parking infraction which conforms to the requirements set forth in paragraph (b) of subdivision one of section 1.20 of this chapter. Nothing herein contained shall authorize the use of a simplified information when not authorized by law.


If such accusatory instrument is not sufficient on its face, as prescribed in section 100.40, and if the court is satisfied that on the basis of the available facts or evidence it would be impossible to draw and file an accusatory instrument which is sufficient on its face, it must dismiss such accusatory instrument.

Source: Section 150.50 — Appearance ticket; filing a local criminal court accusatory instrument; dismissal of insufficient instrument, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/CPL/150.­50 (updated Nov. 15, 2019; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Nov. 15, 2019

§ 150.50’s source at nysenate​.gov

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