As in any city, traffic tickets are a fact of life in Elizabeth, New Jersey. However, this does not mean that you simply have to accept a ticket if you’ve received one. Any traffic violation can result in hefty fines, increased insurance rates, and points on your license that might eventually result in a suspension.

If you have received a traffic citation, you need to fight it with the help of an Elizabeth traffic ticket lawyer from Jean Baptiste & Associates, LLC.


Whether you’ve been ticketed for speeding or an improper U-turn, you now face a wide array of potential consequences that can inflict financial, social, and professional pain and embarrassment. To avoid going through all that stress, you need to fight every ticket as if it’s the one that will lose you your license. You need to do this because of New Jersey’s use of a point system to track all drivers’ violations. Every violation has a corresponding number of points that will be added to your license.

When you reach six points, you will be assessed a three-year annual surcharge of $150 plus $25 for each point over six. If you then reach twelve points, your license will be suspended and you will face fines, more surcharges, court-mandated driving classes, and the fees for those classes—all just to get a probationary license. The penalties for a violation while on probation vary, and an Elizabeth traffic ticket lawyer from our firm will help you fight them because an additional suspension time is guaranteed otherwise.


The only voluntary way to reduce points is to enter into a defensive driving program to lower your total by two, but this can only be done once every five years. You could also go without getting any tickets for one year, and three points will drop off for every year that you do.

The sheer lack of ways to reduce points combined with the long-term impact they cause is the main reason to retain an Elizabeth traffic violation lawyer to fight every ticket as they come up.


Insurance companies also track your violations to determine the amount of liability you pose—and through that, the cost of your premiums. Since many of these companies keep their own point schedules, many don’t recognize reductions due to voluntary or mandated driving courses.

These rate increases can last for years and cost an enormous sum in the end. An Elizabeth traffic ticket lawyer will know best how to keep points off your license—thereby saving you large sums of money in increased car insurance rates.


If you or someone you know has been charged with a motor vehicle violation, you need to fight it as if it will result in a license suspension. There may be a situation in the future that you will not be able to contest which could lose you your license, especially if you already have a few points. When you work with an Elizabeth traffic ticket lawyer from Jean Baptiste & Associates, LLC, your legal battle becomes ours, and together we will find the best outcome possible.