Deferral Program

To begin the deferral process, first determine if you have been charged with a violation of a State statute (infraction) or a city ordinance. This information can be found on your ticket (view ticket examples for more information).

See a list of moving violations eligible for this program here.

The city attorney operates a deferral program under the following general guidelines. Eligibility is determined by the city attorney on a case-by-case basis:

  • Only have one moving violation for this traffic stop
  • No other violations in the last 6 months
  • No deferrals in any other counties of the United States in the past 6 months
  • The ticket was not in a work / construction zone (no workers present)
  • No OWI or DWI arrest in the last 5 years and disposition date cannot be less than two years old
  • Does not hold CDL or chauffeurs license AND was transferring people at the time
  • Speeding not more than 25 mph over the posted speed limit

Under the deferral program, you agree to:

  • Pay a deferral fee and court costs total of $252.50 (in place of cost of ticket)
  • Not commit any violations for a period of 12 months. If you successfully complete the program, the city attorney will dismiss your case and you will not be assessed points on your driving record. If you do commit another violation during the twelve-month deferral period, judgment will be entered against you and the court may impose additional fines and costs.

To be considered for the deferral program, please fill out and submit a Deferral Program Application.

Once accepted into the program, you will receive an email with a packet of information on how to file the deferral agreement with the court. Once the agreement is filed and fees are paid, you do not have to appear at the initial hearing.

Questions? Contact us at 317-588-1433 or by email.

*Please note that if you apply for the deferral program, you cannot pay the citation during the processing of your deferral application. If you do, your payment is treated as an admission and makes you ineligible for the deferral program. If your deferral application is denied, you will then have an opportunity to either pay the citation or contest the citation at trial.

**Even if you have contacted the city attorney or prosecutor about the Deferral Program, you must attend all court hearings if you have not been accepted into the program.