Fare evasion citation
Today I was given a citation for fare evasion. I had taken the elevator up from the Embarcadero station because I had my bike and it was super busy, and didn't even realize that I didn't have to swipe my clipper card to exit. I was in a hurry to get to work so as I turned up the stairs to the streets and officer called for me to stop. I didn't know I had done anything wrong so I stopped to see what the matter was. He then begins asking me a serious of questions in a very pressing tone leaving me little to no time to explain myself before writing me a ticket. I tried to tell him that I had just forgotten, and I even showed him my clipper card and offered to go swipe it out (literally only a few minutes after I had first exited through the elevator) and even pay the "Excursion" fee they make you pay if you ever lose your ticket. He simply ignored everything I said and cited me for fare evasion.
Does anyone know how much the ticket is? Is it worth my time to fight it? If it's only $50 or so I'd rather just pay it than have to deal with taking a day off to sit in court, but I've heard that they can be hundreds of dollars.
Also, if I were to fight it is there any likely hood of it being dismissed? I truly feel like I did nothing wrong, especially since I offered to go swipe my card out. I never even left the bart station, so how is it fare evasion???