What if I just pay the fine?

If a defendant pays the fine without explanation, the court is authorized to accept the fine and enter a conviction as though the defendant appeared and entered a plea of "nolo contendere ("no contest"). A minor (under age 17) cannot pay the fine without appearing in court with a parent or guardian.

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1. What does a "plea" mean?
2. Do I have to come to court?
3. How long do I have to appear?
4. What if the court is closed on my appearance day?
5. Can I get an extension of my time to appear?
6. What if I just pay the fine?
7. What if I cannot pay the fine?