Besides the most common concern of a large fine and points, traffic tickets can also carry many more serious consequences such as suspension of driving privileges, exorbitant insurance increases and even the possibility of jail.
New Jersey: Throughout the State, plea bargaining for a reduced charge is permitted. This can sometimes carry a higher fine but a greater financial gain in the long term by avoiding costly increases in insurance premiums or points on your record.
NY TVB (Queens South, Queens North, Brooklyn North, Brooklyn South, Staten Island, Manhattan North, Manhattan South:
Within the 5 boroughs of New York, plea bargaining is not permitted. Trials/hearings are held at Traffic Violations Bureaus in each borough. You have the right to be represented by counsel whereby your appearance would not be required. The Judge makes a ruling of either guilty or not guilty. You have 30 days to appeal that conviction in writing.
NY Non-TVB: Outside of the 5 boroughs (Nassau County, Suffolk County and Upstate NY):
Here plea bargaining is permitted; you are not forced to have a trial. A plea negotiation is generally entered with the Prosecutor for a reduced fine and charges.