Infraction Deferral

The Prosecuting Attorney established an Infraction Deferral Program in order to allow persons who have committed traffic violations to maintain a point free driving record. Upon completion of the program, the ticket will be dismissed and you will avoid accumulating points on your driving record. The program is voluntary, but once you enter the program, you must successfully complete all of the terms of your agreement.

You have 30 days from the date when you received the ticket to either pay the ticket or book a court date. If you fail to do so, your license may be suspended by the Court.

You are NOT eligible for the Infraction Deferral Program if:

  • You have a Commercial Drivers License (CDL),
  • You were speeding at 21 mph or more above the speed limit,
  • You are currently in a Deferral program in another county,
  • You have had a DUI conviction within the past five (5) years,
  • You have already participated in the program on two prior occasions,
  • You have been classified as a habitual traffic violator

Additional Things to Know:

  • Your driving history may require you to complete a driver improvement course or community service.
  • If a signed agreement is not submitted to the Prosecuting Attorney in time to be received at least 5 days prior to the court date, then you must pay the ticket or appear in Court on your court date or your license may be suspended by the Court.

Pretrial Diversion Traffic Fees:

  1. Court costs in the amount of $118.50 and pretrial diversion fees in the amount of $100.00 for a total of $218.50
  2. For offenders under the age of 21 years, for tickets for which a guilty plea would result in a license suspension, and for tickets issued on U.S. Highway 31, the court costs are $118.50 and the pretrial diversion fees are $170.00, for a total of $288.50.

Infraction Deferral Agreement Terms

The State of Indiana will agree to defer prosecution and to dismiss this charge(s) 12 months from the Agreement date.

The Defendant agrees to:

  • Pay a pre-determined established fee that will be set by the Infraction Deferral Coordinator.
  • Commit no traffic or ordinance violations for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of this Agreement.
  • Notify the Coordinator of the Infraction Deferral Program in writing within 7 days of any change in address.
  • Fully comply with any special conditions, such as community service, drug tests, etc. which are a part of your Agreement.

If you are interested in the Infraction Deferral Program

You should receive a letter from the Infraction Deferral Coordinator within two (2) weeks after you were issued the ticket advising you that the ticket has been filed and that you may be eligible for the program.  If you have not received notification from the Infraction Deferral Coordinator after two (2) weeks, you may call 765-456-2230 to determine your eligibility for the Program.

    • Infraction deferrals are done every weekday morning between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on a first come, first serve basis.
    • You must bring your letter, your ticket and the appropriate amount, in cash, to Room 206 in the Howard County Courthouse, at least five (5) business days before the court date on your ticket.
    • The Pretrial Diversion Agreement will be filed and the court appearance date will be lifted.

If you fail to comply with any of the terms of the Pretrial Diversion Agreement, the Prosecuting Attorney will set the case for trial and you will forfeit all fees you have paid.