DearCustomer- The problem was that the law office was dealing with the civil side and the ticket from the cop was the criminal matter which is separate. You definitely should have a lawyer and the court will appoint on if you are not able to afford legal counsel.
You will need to plead not guilty and not talk to anyone but an attorney about the case. You may be able to get a reduced charge however without legal counsel you are taking a great risk. Obviously you didn't understand the difference between the civil and criminal aspects of the case but now you must deal with this so be certain to get legal assistance.
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