I have been a patrol supervisor for over 25 years in a pretty good size police department and I have written many a tickets for this same situation and that being an accident that occurred on private property.
I am sorry that you do not like what you think my attitude is, you are jumping to conclusions, you asked a question on an open forum and I answered it.
The fact you are 35 years of age and have never been in an accident is good but it has no bearing on your question or the circumstances.
If you have received numerous advice, then why are you asking here?
And it is not an open and shut easy case as the other responder made you believe.
The fact the officer didn't give you the ticket on the spot or he mailed it to you or he came to your house and hand delivered it, makes no difference it is a ticket that has to be responded to be it in person or by a lawyer, that is your choice.
You only have 3 options
#1) Plead guilty to the ticket and pay the fine
#2) Have your lawyer plead not guilty for you and ask for a trial
#3) You ignore it
You can debate me all you want on what you think you know or what you want to believe or what your friends told you, but the bottom line is you got the ticket, you have to respond to it in one of the 3 methods mentioned above.
You have EVERY right to plead not guilty, and if you feel you are not in violation of the law and the officer was wrong, then pay a lawyer to fight your case in front of a jury. If the jury finds you not guilty, you walk away with no fine or record. If the jury finds you guilty, you pay
Do not read into this that I have some sort of attitude, I don't, but your question is not one about my attitude, you got a legally issued ticket by a certified police officer in your state. I believe he knows the law better than you and the other person who responded with her opinion answer.
There is no reason to argue about this, you plead guilty or you fight it. The judge is not just going to throw this out because you got advice from friends.