I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that you've been through so much.
Yes, you can still fight it. Call the clerk of the traffic court and ask her to put you back on the calendar. They'll give you a court date. You should be able to get on the calendar before 10/24. Once you're in court, you can explain to the judge what happened, apologize profusely, and ask that your license not be suspended. If they issued a bench warrant when you didn't appear, you can request that it be revoked (that's a routine request - they should do it). At that point, you'll be allowed to plead not guilty on the ticket and request a trial. You'll be given a second court date, and then you'll be able to go back with all your evidence.
If you prefer not to have to drive to the courthouse twice (or you can't), then your options are to pay the ticket and request traffic school to keep the points off your record or to ask the DA to lower the fine in exchange for a guilty plea. As long as you haven't been to traffic school in the last 18 months, you should be eligible, although some people may prefer to wait and use it if they get a ticket when they don't have a defense.
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