So, you got a ticket. Relax... it's not the end of the world.
Spend a little time here at my ticket site, and find out just what you can do about it.
This site is designed to function as a tutorial on handling traffic tickets. Many tickets, if not most, can be beaten; others you will lose if the cop just shows up in court. This site should help you learn the difference, and know what to do in each case.
One note... this site covers California cases. Each state has its own traffic laws, so a case on this site may not apply if you get a ticket in another state. However, it might not hurt to read what happens under the California Vehicle Code, and compare it with laws in other states.