First ticket in 3 years? You can go to traffic school and have it removed. Otherwise, if you don't have many tickets, you can often times show up to court, say you are sorry, you can't afford the full amount and they will often times reduce it or give you a payment plan. Just depends, though. Most often times they cop has the time set aside and all of those who he wrote tickets to are set up for the same time frame and he has it scheduled for him to be there. Don't necessarily count on him not showing as that doesn't happen often any longer.
Bottom line, if you choose to speed, you choose to get a ticket IF you get caught. A lawyer really can't do anything about it.