To start or to wait
First off, you don't need to wait. At worst your hair will look a little messy.
Second, my ex had to go to the courthouse to deal with a ticket years ago, and when he got there, he never had to go before a judge. They just had him pay the fine at the front desk area. It ended up getting lowered a fraction of what the ticket fine said. So, my opinion is...you should go. It's highly unlikely they'll actually have you see a judge!