I don't think the OP disagrees with that. The main issue is getting fair treatment. We get two freebie papers that show the court cases for that town. In one, the punishment for similar offences is consistently far greater than the other. It's not a fair system where the punishment can depend on the mood of the "Beak". So I don't see a problem with using a lawyer to help. And if a policeman sets up his stall too close to the sign because he knows he'll get a better catch and that is contrary to regulations or guidelines, then it should be addressed.
Yes, I would make my daughter live with the consequences.