You will want to discuss your case with the prosecuter.
Explain the situation. Explain that you are a first time offender.
The likely result will be that the prosecuter will agree to a deferred judgment.
A deferred judgment means that the charges will be dropped provided you do not commit another crime within a period of time. You will have to pay the court fees and a fine but you will avoid having the charge on your record. (This is likely what the officer meant - pay the fine and not go to trial
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