Deferred Disposition

Deferred Disposition (also known as deferred probation) is a method to have your citation dismissed upon the successful completion of a probationary period --- usually 90 days but sometimes as long as 180 days. It is important to note that CDLs do not qualify for this program.

Even though you plead "guilty" or "no contest", the court does not "find you guilty". Instead, the court defers further proceedings and places you on probation for a period of time with conditions of probation.

Generally the primary requirement of a deferred disposition is that you do not get another citation while on probation; however, the court may impose additional requirements including but not limited to community service, tobacco or alcohol classes or defensive driving courses.

What happens once my period of probation is over with?

If the court has all information before it to prove that you have successfully complied with all of the terms of the Order of Deferred Disposition, the court dismisses the citation.

If the court has reason to believe that you have failed to comply with the Order of Deferred Disposition, you will have to appear before the Judge to explain (or show-cause) why the offense should not be entered as a conviction. 


You must make the request for such either in writing or by appearing in person at the Municipal Court within 20 calendar days from the offense date on the citation.

You must enter a plea of "guilty" or "no contest". You must pay the fine in full plus all probation fees.You are not eligible for deferred disposition if you have a commercial driver’s license.

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