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DearCustomer- There is no way you can guarantee either of the two concerns you have listed. If the court offers diversion it will keep a conviction off of your record and if you weren't driving I doubt you will lose your license. Any citation is a matter of public record so if anyone would check the court records it is likely that evidence of your citation could be found.
If you want to get the best possible outcome you should hire an attorney to guide you through the process. If you simply plead guilty you will be fined and/or sentenced. You will have to plead not guilty to get an opportunity to discuss the case with the prosecutor and try to get either diversion or some reduced charge.
An attorney cannot tell anyone about your case and I doubt that this case is going to be publicized by anyone in the press. The attorney can investigate all the possibilities of diversion or other plea bargains so I definitely would retain counsel.
It doesn't have to be but I always believe it is best to find someone who regularly practices in the court and knows all the local court rules etc.