Although I am not required to go to court, I decided to schedule a slot to appear. Now I am rethinking this. It is too late to cancel so now I have to show up. Initially my reason was I would like to request a diversion program so this infraction is expunged and future employers , potentially government ones, do not see this charge on my record.
I do not have a lawyer so I will have to speak for myself. I am guilty of this charge. I would like to know how I should talk to the judge to request a diversion program and how to possibly negotiate a fee reduction. My fine is $280. This is my first offense (including traffic tickets) which shows I have a relatively clean record. Please help.