It's legal now, because you went to court and paid the fine. So any possibility of disputing the officer's allegations are now over; you ran a red light, period. The officer can always write a ticket for a driving infraction that he/she believes that they have observed. It is also very difficult to beat these things in court because it pretty much ends up being your word against the officer. This offense is known as a civil infraction. It is NOT a criminal offense. It carries a few points that go on your driving record. However, over time these points will drop off of your license. One piece of advice, though, unless your car insurance company specifically asks you if you have any points on your license, please do not volunteer the fact that you got a ticket for running a red light to them. Don't lie if asked, but don't volunteer that information either. Points and tickets are used to justify jacking-up car insurance rates.
Generally most traffic tickets are infractions, that is, punishable by fine not by imprisonment. And in many states the fines are civil obligations not criminal. There are important exceptions: DUI, hit and run, vehicular manslaughter, certain speeding violations that may get you a ticket but will also get you into criminal court.
An attorney familiar with the policies and procedures of the court will know the likelihood of negotiating such a resolution given the circumstances of your case.
Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details.
Good luck to you.
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