Seems your colleague at TicketCombat was right about nothing to lose and everything to gain by requesting a trial, regardless of one's final intentions. I checked option 3 but, instead of receiving a trial date, got a form letter from the court stating that the ticket was being dismissed because the police did not file in-time!
The last sentence however was somewhat of a kill-joy: "The officer has the option to relay this charge". What exactly does this mean and can it affect me? Thanks again to you & other helpful posters for the insight & guidance.
1) Too much time has passed to serve regular ticket.
2) A mix of minor and more serious offences (i.e. 15 over and no insurance). In such a case all offences should be on Part IIIÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢s so theyÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚â„¢re dealt with together.
3) A more serious punishment is being sought then the typical set fine.