I can give you some advice, person to person. It is not legal advice, just plain-old friendly advice:
(a) Never lie to a judge, especially if you might want to be a lawyer someday.
(b) Let the judge or clerk know your financial situation. It's likely that s/he will reduce your fine, change the due date, or put you on a payment plan. It's much better to be upfront about this at the outset than to miss due dates and make excuses later.