If you do get caught speeding, there are 3 ways to handle it. You
could simply pay the fine by mail, avoiding having to go to court. You
could go to court, plead guilty and pay the fine there. Or, you can go
to court, plead innocent and try to fight the charges. If you choose to
pay the fine by mail, you are admitting guilt and the conviction will
go on your record. That means you'll have points on your license and
you can expect your insurance rates to go up at the next renewal.
If you go to court, you may be able to talk to the Assistant district
attorney about the ticket. If the Assistant District Attorney believes
a lesser charge is justified, he or she may offer to reduce the charges
against you in exchange for a guilty plea. If you plead innocent,
you'll have to prove to the judge that weren't speeding when the
citation was issued. Otherwise, you could still be found guilty.