Well, I have night court tomorrow for a speeding ticket when I was going about 10 over. It is my first ticket in TX, so should I ask the judge for the driving school option instead of having points on my record?
Welcome to RDF! Which court do you have to be in? If it's the one on Lubbock you can set it for trial by jury. Then if the cop doesn't show they'll dismiss it. If he does show up you can request a reset to hire counsel. Or you can do defensive. Or just hire an attorney. They often will give deferred as well.
Obviously that's always a possibility, but what if the judge is having a bad day or the defendant before you really upset him and his bad mood carries over to you?
A good traffic attorney can keep the points off and maybe even have it dismissed. Sure it will cost you some extra money, but in the long run I believe that most people would agree it would be your best course of action.
Finally, @FAtoCPA has offered some great advice to you in your other thread. Good luck and let us know what you did and how it turns out.
Usually when you get a traffic ticket your mail box starts filling up with letters from lawyers. I use Kameron Searle but Sullo y Sullo also has a large operation in the court house. If you opted for defensive driving which it sounds like you did. You will have to drive nice in the state for a calendar year. If you request deferred adjudication you could knock that probationary period down to six months but you pay the full ticket cost.
Another thing to keep in mind is Houston no longer reports speeding tickets 9 mph and under as moving violations so people will stop fighting them with lawyers and just pay. They also coordinated the fees so it's pretty much the same cost if you pay a 9 over at the cashiers office or just pay the lawyer. Funny how they did that.
For future reference, keep in mind any and all violations you plan to fight should be submitted to your attorney's office asap so they can get you in front of a judge they can work with. I always submit mine "day of" receipt.