Ask for a deferral
A deferral means that the court finds you guilty but defers entering those findings for a certain amount of time; a year is common. If you get through the deferral period without any citations, the ticket will be dismissed or marked “adjudication withheld.”
However, if you get another ticket in the deferral period, both tickets hit your record and your insurance will probably skyrocket as a high-risk driver.
There is usually a fee of $100 to $150. There may be a limit on the number of deferrals you are granted. In Washington, for example, it’s one every seven years. You’re unlikely to be offered a deferral if your record is already checkered, or for some violations, such as school-zone violations.