No, contesting a speeding ticket will not make it worse. There isn't really any pitfall to contesting a ticket other than the time you'll waste at court. Hiring an attorney can be very beneficial as they can likely waive your appearance and handle it for you. A successful contest can also help avoid a moving violation on your record and avoid insurance hikes.
The fine is going to stay the same if you contest and it is still found committed. There are a lot of ways to defeat a speeding ticket, however, and most have nothing to do with whether you were speeding or not. For your best shot at either defeating the ticket or at least getting it amended to a non-moving infraction, you would be well advised to seek the help of a traffic ticket attorney.
No they will not raise the fine or the speed you were traveling. Officers write those notes in there to make the prosecutor aware of what has occurred.
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The general answer is no; however, it is dependent on where you received the citation. Officer's do not appear unless requested, but depending on the court prosecutor's appear. In some jurisdictions those prosecutors do charge more for a resolution of the case based on the original speed that you were going and some will (and can) amend upward to the 20 over as in your case.
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