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. The ordinance deferral program operates under the following guidelines:
- Only have one moving violation for this traffic stop.
- No other prior or outstanding moving violations or deferral of a moving violation anywhere within the United States in the 6 months prior to the date of the ticket or in the time period between the ticket and the date the deferral agreement is signed by the Defendant.
- No OWI or DWI arrest in the last five years, or disposition date less than two years old.
- Does not hold a CDL license.
- Was not using a Chauffeurs license at the time of the stop.
- Speeding not more than 25 mph over posted speed limit.
Under the Deferral Program, you agree to pay a deferral fee and court costs of $252.50 total, and not commit any violations for 12 months. If successful, the Court will dismiss your case and points will not be assessed on your driving record. If another violation is committed during the 12-month deferral period, judgment will be entered against you, and the Court may impose 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 317-588-1440 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.