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I am sorry to hear about this situation. This is under Fairfax County Ordinance: 82-4-24.
This is a local ordinance and not a misdemeanor. Paying the sum/pleading guilty should not result in a misdemeanor conviction.
However, it is strongly recommended to use counsel for two reasons. First, pleading guilty results in points against one's license. Second, because there is a security clearance involved, even though this would not result in a misdemeanor, it may still have an impact when it comes to time to re-certify for the clearance. Will it have an impact for sure? Not likely, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Just to be on the safe side, it is best to use counsel to minimize the matter. The attorney can normally get the matter thrown out on a technicality, or plead down to a non-moving violation, etc.
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