Here in MA the fine wouldn't be your biggest problem. It would be the $50 surcharge on your insurance every year for the next 6 years. That's why people appeal tickets here.
The surcharge in MA can be a lot bigger than $50/year. For a 2 point ticket it's a 30% increase on certain parts of your insurance, which can add up in the hundreds. For six years.</p>
<p>And if you are under 18, your first ticket comes with a 90 day suspension and a $500 reinstatement fee, in addition to the fine and the insurance charges.</p>
<p>With those kinds of costs, a few hundred for a lawyer might be a good investment.</p>