You should retain an attorney. The third District Court of Appeal has held that there is no presumption of guilt when a car hit another from behind. There are defenses such as total brake failure, a stray animal, and other reasons not to mention the other party has to appear in court and may not. You are Presumed innocent until proven guilty. If you would like traffic school, the insurance company will consider that a conviction against you and will use it to rate your policy with steep premium increases for the next 3 to 5 years. It will be much more than retaining a lawyer and fighting the citation. It will also appear on your MVR.
An accident infraction is treated differently than a regular non-accident citation. I would never pay a ticket such as yours, I would personally fight these citations. You do what you think is best for you.
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I would hire an attorney. Usually you can hire a traffic attorney who will handle your case for a very reasonable fee. Careless driving tickets are often very defensible especially if the drivers of the other vehicles do not show up to testify against you. The officer who wrote you the ticket did not witness the incident, this makes it difficult to sustain a conviction with his/her testimony alone.
Hire an attorney and fight this. Why did the person in front just slam on the brakes? It will be helpful to know that.
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You should request a hearing if you haven't already. You only have 30 days to pay or request a hearing. Hire a traffic attorney for the best result. The most important thing is to get your points withheld. Accident cases are more defensible than speed. Have you already requested a hearing? Were there any injuries?
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