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As a general rule, yes, an attorney can appear for these types of cases on most occasions. There is a possibility that the judge may require your presence on the "final hearing", but that is by no means for sure. I have handled many, many (close to a hundreds) of cases that are of the same degree as this one and the client never had to appear.
Occasionally you get a judge that is ornery and wants the client to be there but that is the exception and not the norm. Plus, the lawyer can tell you how your judge is about this before you hire them.
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Usually so. The judge will accept your plea and just not sign the order if you pay within a day or so. If you use a lawyer then the lawyer can definitely get that worked out and they may even save you a hunk on the fine, depending on all the facts.
Usually a lawyer can pay for themselves in the time they save you and the lesser "sentence", whether it be a fine or something else.