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SECTION 150.40
Appearance ticket; where returnable; how and where served
Criminal Procedure (CPL) CHAPTER 11-A, PART 2, TITLE H, ARTICLE 150
§ 150.40 Appearance ticket; where returnable; how and where served.

1. An appearance ticket must be made returnable at a date as soon as
possible, but in no event later than twenty days from the date of
issuance; or at the next scheduled session of the appropriate local
criminal court if such session is scheduled to occur more than twenty
days from the date of issuance; or at a later date, with the court's
permission due to enrollment in a pre-arraignment diversion program. The
appearance ticket shall be made returnable in a local criminal court
designated in section 100.55 of this title as one with which an
information for the offense in question may be filed.

2. An appearance ticket, other than one issued for a traffic
infraction relating to parking, must be served personally, except that
an appearance ticket issued for the violation of a local zoning
ordinance or local zoning law, or of a building or sanitation code may
be served in any manner authorized for service under section three
hundred eight of the civil practice law and rules.

3. An appearance ticket may be served anywhere in the county in which
the designated offense was allegedly committed or in any adjoining
county, and may be served elsewhere as prescribed in subdivision four.

4. A police officer may, for the purpose of serving an appearance
ticket upon a person, follow him in continuous close pursuit, commencing
either in the county in which the alleged offense was committed or in an
adjoining county, in and through any county of the state, and may serve
such appearance ticket upon him in any county in which he overtakes him.