I would still get an attorney to represent you. It is quite possible that if you pay it by mail, the ticket might say that you get a 2 point reduction to 1 point, instead of 3 points. However, DMV has been known to screw these things up.
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I agree with my colleagues -- hiring counsel is a good idea here.
In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but insted need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice. If you want to be completely sure of your rights, you must sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney to be fully aware of your rights.