May 30 of this year I was stopped and cited by a motor officer for 21543a - rolling right turn on red. Usually nobody ever beats the charge.
I decided to contest it even though I had no 'bail' to pay up front. I walked up to the court window and requested to see a judge. They gave me a date to appear before a traffic commissioner who gave me the options of going to see the collections clerk to work out a payment plan or to request a court trial.
When the commissioner said the fine wouldn't be reduced I chose to plead Not Guilty. They gave me appointment for 9-19 (today) and I got there an hour before the scheduled time.
The different cops from the nearby towns began to congregate on 1 end of the hallway. My heart was pounding as bad as getting my diaper spotted the day before. The sheriff opened the door to the courtroom finally and my accuser never showed, even though I expected him to at any second.
My name was the 3rd called, a woman before me had the same officer and the commissioner announced "dismissed".
This is mainly just to say that if you get a ticket and you're not entirely in the wrong you don't automatically have to take the hit. It is possible that they realize they don't have a solid case and would rather you just assumed guilt and paid an unjust fine