Question is whether it is worth your time to fight it. Depends what your time is worth to you. If you want to fight it, then follow the instructions that you received with the letter. Good luck.
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It sounds like you lost the trial by mail so the question is whether it is worth your time to appeal. I think you have to pay the ticket in order to appeal but I don't think it is hard to appeal. Follow the instructions you received in the letter.
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It will not affect your record.
This is not legal advice. If order to give you legal advice i would need to see the Tickets and talk to the court first. Good luck:)