Trial by declaration occurs through the mail; a real trial occurs in person where witnesses are called, defendant can be represented by counsel and judge makes a decision after hearing live testimony. A trial by declaration is less likely to yield a favorable result than a live trial. Hire an attorney for the best outcome available, certainly don't simply pay the fine and be done with it unless you like giving money to the government.
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If you go to court you cannot do a TBD. Get an attorney and fight the ticket . All of these companies that do TBD's are a waste - in my opinion .
ANDREW ROBERTS CRIMINAL AND TRAFFIC TICKET DEFENSE ATTORNEY
The best way to win a trial is for the officer not to appear. You lose that chance doing a TBD. Set it for trial. It would obviously be preferable to have an attorney there (in case the officer does show up). At least call some local attorneys for a consultation (most are free).