I do not practice in NM, but in my state (KY) that expression means to have to go to court to resolve the case, you cannot simply pay a fine and costs by mailing in a check to the clerk.
You need to get a competent criminal defense attorney in your area to represent you. You still can negotiate a settlement after your attorney meets with the prosecutor.
I am trying to give you a general answer to your question. We do not have an attorney-client relationship by this response on the avvo website. I have not been retained to represent you. I am licensed to practice law in Kentucky and in federal court in this state and the Southern District of Indiana. You need to seek legal advice from an attorney licensed to practice in your area..
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