Generally speaking, with traffic infractions an attorney can appear on your behalf, and your presence in court would not be not required (there are a couple of courts where this is not true, and your presence is required). In any case, as others have stated saving a deferred is usually a good idea as you only get one every seven (7) years. Traffic infractions are heavily court specific, the easiest thing to do would be to hire a lawyer and have them fight the infraction on your behalf.