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Whether or not the ticket is valid will have no bearing on the criminal possession charge and the weapons charge. As long as an officer had a justifiable reason to pull you over then the resulting criminal offense is something you will need to deal with. This is what is referred to as a pretext stop. The officer's motivation was not to cite you for following too close, but rather for a reason to see if other criminal activity usually drugs or drunk driving are occurring.
A police officer is not judge and jury. He arrests individuals for breaking the law. It is up to the prosecutor to decide whether the charges can be proven.
You will probably receive a summons in the mail if you haven't already concerning a court date on all charges. You should consult an attorney. An attorney may be able to plead down the charges for you.
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