I am 51 yrs old and have my first ticket. The traffic ticket is for failure to reduce speed causing an accident. This is my second accident within 1 month. I did not receive a ticket for the first one .I am always honest with the officers,; if I did it, I say what happened and admit my guilt. This ticket costs $188.00 for court costs and the ticket itself is only $50.00. I cannot afford this. I was going to pay online because I have to move on my court date. I have no money to pay a lawyer. I am on SSD and can't afford the entire citation fee either! If I show up at the Magistrate, can I even get the infraction and fees reduced by throwing myself on the mercy of the court?