If you are going to contest the charge then you must plead Not Guilty and the government must prove you violated the law. If you are going to admit that you violated the law then you plead Guilty or No Contest and you will be sentenced.
A plea of Not Guilty or No Contest doesn't relate to getting reduced fines and/or points on your license necessarily. However, entering a plea rather than going to trial may be a reason for the judge to impose a more lenient sentence. You might ask the judge, prior to entering your plea, whether he would reduce sentence if you admitted guilt.
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You should plead not guilty. You can usually work with the prosecutor and at least get the ticket reduced by one point for a lower speed violation. The fine will usually remain the same.
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Called the city attorney and discuss your court date if they do not respond, show up at the first court date and try to talk them about the reduction in points, fine or both. If they will not talk to you, entered a not guilty and set the matter for trial.
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