The best thing would be to hire a traffic attorney to represent you. If you take it to court yourself, your best hope is that the victims (the people you hit) don't show up to court the day of trial. If they don't, the judge will dismiss your case.
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You should hire an experienced ticket attorney who will appear in court for you. Chances are if your insurance covered the costs of the damage the other person may not show up for court and your attorney could make a motion to dismiss.
The other attorneys have given you good advice. You could represent yourself. Sometimes people that represent themselves are successful. However, an attorney experienced in handling ticket cases will usually get better results than an unrepresented person.
Your question does not indicate what you were charged with nor does it explain why the car was in a gear other than drive when you were apparently on the road at either as stop sign or stoplight. In general you can attempt to beat the ticket but if you do not you may still not get points on your license if you attend a driving course. You should consult a lawyer and have one defend you at traffic court.
It depends on the ticket. Usually it has on the ticket one part where you choose to contest it in court. You have 30 days to let the clerk of court know you are contesting it. You will then receive a hearing date to go before a judge or a magistrate to show proof why the ticket should not have been given. In your situation, you may need the testimony of a mechanic, etc., to show the problem with the car. You may want to check right away with a traffic/ticket attorney of your choice to review all the facts with you and to give you an opinion of the possibility of your success in court.
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