What is Deferred Disposition?
Deferred Disposition is a suspended sentence. Upon your plea of "Guilty" or "No Contest". the court may defer a finding of guilt until a later date, assess court costs and fees, and order you to comply with certain terms and conditions for a certain period of time. If you successfully comply with the terms and conditions, your case will be dismissed without a conviction.
Who is eligible for Deferred Disposition?
You are eligible for Deferred Disposition if:
- You did not possess a Commercial Driver's License(CDL) at the time of the offense.
- You have not participated in any Deferred Disposition program in the previous 12 months(calculated from the date of the previous dismissal to the date of your current ticket with the court)
- You are not currently participating in a Deferred Disposition with any other court.
- Your violation was not in a work zone with workers present.
- If cited for speeding, the alleged speed was less than 20 mph over speed limit - or Speeding in School Zone the alleged speed was less that 10 mph over the limit in a school zone.
- Your violation did not involve an accident.
How do I apply for Deferred Disposition?
On or before the scheduled court appearance date:
- You can appear in person at the court window to pay the court costs and fees and request a Deferred Disposition provided that there is only one violation. Defendants with multiple violations should appear on their scheduled court date to request Deferred Disposition.
On the schduled court appearance date:
- Appear in court and speak the Prosecutor for a Deferred Disposition
- Once Deferred is granted, you will still need to see the a Court Clerk to pay the court costs and fees.
Complying with the Terms and Conditions
Your Deferred Disposition paperwork will give you the terms and conditions that will need to be met until the end of your deferment period. If you comply with all the terms and conditions until the end of your deferment period, your case will be dismissed.
If you fail to comply with the terms and conditions, or your Deferred Disposition, and if you fail to show good cause as to why you did not comply, a judgement of guilt will be imposed and an additional default fine may be assessed.