In Southern California in march, I was going to work on the 10 FWY in ontario in the #1 lane when traffic backed up so hard and fast that i had no option but to divert into the car pool to avoid a collision. moments later a motorcycle CHP gives the lights. I waited until the lane lets drivers exit - rather than cross over the double yellow lines again. that took awhile. he meanwhile blared his siren. i then changed all lanes safely and exited, then stopped at an immediate parking lot. The bail amount is over $700 and i can't afford this at all. I'm a sub teacher and don't work in the summer as it is. Everyone says 'Fight the ticket'. They say: There's the chance the officer will not show up. My question is: If he does, Can I simply just ask if there are any alternatives to the fine? I want to do this anyway/This would be an honest request.
Second question is: For the initial court date/hearing/arraignment what plea do i say? No Contest - right? I think i read on a CA DMW website regarding traffic court that i only have two options - guilty or not guilty though.
i really appreciate the help, believe me.