Bring Proof of Your Financial Situation. If you cannot pay the fine in full, bring proof of public assistance (examples: food assistance, ABD, TANF, SSI/SSDI), rent or mortgage bills, utility bills, pay stubs, tax forms, debts, and so on.
Have an Explanation Ready for Your Underlying Ticket and/or Driving Record. The judge may ask you to explain your ticket and/or driving record. This especially true if:
you have gotten many traffic tickets recently
you have gotten more than one ticket for the same thing
you were driving without a license or insurance
Bring Proof of Valid License, Insurance, or Tabs. If the underlying ticket was for driving without a license, insurance, or current tabs, you should bring proof that you now have or at the time you got the ticket had a license, insurance, or tabs.