Traffic Tickets

The Vanderburgh County Prosecuting Attorney designed the Infraction Deferral Program for law-abiding citizens who have recently received a traffic ticket or violation. The program provides persons an opportunity to have the traffic ticket dismissed pending the completion of the deferral program. For most drivers this means paying the deferral fee and not receiving any tickets for the next six (6) months. Once drivers have completed their term of deferral the ticket is dismissed and the offense is not forwarded to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Thus the points are not assessed to their driving record. This allows a good driver to maintain a clean driving record and their auto insurance rates may not increase as a result of this ticket.

If you have already paid your ticket at the clerk’s office, we cannot accept you on this program.

You are eligible for the Infraction Deferral Program if:

  • You are not an habitual traffic offender.
  • You do not carry a CDL license.
  • You have a valid driver’s license.
  • You have not had a traffic conviction for a moving violation in Vanderburgh County in the past six (6) months.
  • Your present ticket(s) were not issued in relation to an accident or speeding in a school or construction zone or failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
  • Your present ticket(s) are NOT for an offense listed as an exclusion below.

For the following violations, you are not eligible for the Infraction Deferral Program and you must appear in court:

  • All Misdemeanors
  • Driving while license suspended
  • Accident involved
  • More than 25 miles over the posted limit
  • Speeding in a school zone or work zone
  • Leaky load
  • All offenses involving a school bus
  • Child restraint for child less than four (4)
  • No insurance

Process

To take advantage of this voluntary program you must:

  1. Sign the infraction deferral agreement available here (pdf) and have it returned to the Prosecutor’s
    Office at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the court date. Forms may be mailed to:
    Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office, Room 108
    Civic Center Complex
    Evansville, Indiana, 47708

  2. Enclose a money order or cashier’s check in the amount of $195.00 for a moving violation (e.g. speeding), $125.00 for a non-moving violation, or $25.00 for a seat belt violation. Your money order or cashier’s check should be made payable to the Vanderburgh County Infraction Deferral Program. Cash, personal checks, and business checks are not acceptable.
  3. Enclose your ticket(s) with your payment and agreement.
  4. If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian, along with yourself, must sign the agreement. In addition, if you are between the ages of 16 and 24 and your ticket was issued for a moving violation, you are required by the court to enroll in and complete the Alive at 25 Defensive Driving Course. For information on class times and fees, please call Ivy Tech at (812) 429-9807.

If you meet the above requirements your ticket(s) will be dismissed. Further, the traffic violation will not go on your permanent driving record. If you would prefer to pay your program fee in person, you may do so by bringing your payment and ticket to the Prosecutor’s Office no later than 3 business days before your court appearance date. If you have question concerning this program, you may leave a message at (812) 435-5980.

If you fail to pay in person or mail the agreement, payment, or ticket to us in a timely fashion you may be denied participation in this program and must either appear in court or pay your fine and court costs as indicated on your ticket.