The best plan would be to go to court with an attorney. If you don't have a criminal record, you want to do everything possible to keep it that way. If you "just pay it off," you'll have a conviction. Contact an attorney.
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Don't just pay it off. That means taking a permanent conviction. At least go to court and request a deferred disposition to keep your record clean. I would hire a ticket attorney if at all possible. Their fees are typically offset by the money they save you in fines, plus this guarantees the best possible result.
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I agree with Ms. Jaggers. But I wouldn't advise paying any more than about $150 for an attorney on that type of case. More than that and you are highly unlikely to receive any sort of return on your investment, especially if all you're looking for is a deferred disposition.