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It would make sense to hire a professional paralegal if they do traffic offences in Alberta. This varies from province to province.
Otherwise retaining a lawyer may not make sense unless the lawyer agrees to charge a small fee.
You can try and make a deal when you are in court. Speak to the police officer when you get to court and ask if you can agree to something less so the fine is less. For example, they may drop part of the charge for a guilty plea to another part or to a lesser offence. That is what is generally the approach lawyers and paralegals take.
Actually you cannot but if a lawyer who knows the crown asks that could happen.