For a first speeding ticket, should I hire a lawyer?

Question Details: I was driving home at 11:30 pm on a rural road. I was speeding and doing 75 in a 50 mph zone. A state cop was sitting immediately after the 50 mph sign when the next one was 40 mph. He gave me a notice to appear in court cited for 75 in a 40. This is my first speeding ticket. Should I hire a lawyer for this or go to court myself? If I hire a lawyer, should it be until after I go to court and they decide how severe the penalty? And if I go myself, do I plead guilty or not guilty? I'd like to have this reduced to as and ideally not receive any points on my license.

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