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It is true that it is way too late to appeal. And, unfortunately when a ticket doesn't get paid by the court date, late charges are added. Moreover, it is likely that your license is now suspended because of the unpaid ticket.
At this point, about the only thing that you can do is enter into a payment plan with the collection agency to pay off the ticket. And, when your budget is better, you may be able to pay off the bill early.
You really need to check with the DMV as to the status of your drivers license. If it is suspended, you will not be able to reinstate it until the ticket is paid. Also, you should check your credit report. It may show that there is an outstanding judgment against you.
So, as you can see, the sooner you pay off the ticket the better. If it is possible to borrow money to pay the ticket, you should do so. That way you can clear your license if it is suspended and make sure that your credit is cleared.
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