You can avoid a courtroom appearance. Once the issuing Officer has turned in the ticket and the court has entered it into the computer system, most transactions can be handled online or at the court lobby windows.
Your options are as follows:
You can keep a ticket off your record in three ways
You may qualify to take a driver’s safety course
You may request a Deferred Disposition (probation)
You may be eligible for a compliance dismissal
You can request a payment plan or an extension to pay