An Infraction Deferral Program is offered through the Noble County Prosecutor's Office. It is available to qualified drivers for the dual purposes of promoting safe driving and allowing the driver to avoid any additional points on his/her driving record through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Participants in the Program generally have their cases deferred for a period of one (1) year. If they successfully complete the Program, then their ticket is dismissed.

You may qualify to participate in the Infraction Deferral Program if you:

  • Were driving a vehicle that does not require a commercial driver's license (CDL) to
  • Received only one ticket (if 2 or more tickets, must get Prosecutor's approval)
  • Were 18 years of age or older at the time the ticket was received
  • Were not going more than 25 mph over the posted speed limit
  • Were not speeding in a work zone or a school zone 
  • Received a ticket which is approved for the program
  • The most common types of tickets that qualify are:
    • Speeding up to 25 mph over the posted speed limit (not in school or work zones)
    • Disregarding a traffic light or a stop sign or a yield sign
    • Following too closely
    • Driving left of center
    • Unsafe lane movement
    • Equipment violations

Eligibility is at the complete discretion of the Noble County Prosecutor. Offenses involving an accident, passing a school bus, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, and most other eight-point offenses (as designated by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles) generally are not eligible and require the Prosecutor’s approval. Any driver may be made ineligible for any reason by the Noble County Prosecuting Attorney.

Participation in the Deferral Program is voluntary. If you wish to be considered:

1. You must contact the Court (260-636-2129) to advise that you are applying for the Deferral Program. This must be done before the Initial Hearing or Court appearance date printed on your ticket. When you contact the Court, you will be given a Pre-Trial Hearing date. You must be accepted into the Program or appear in Court at that time. Otherwise, a default judgment will be entered against you and you will not be eligible to participate in the Program.

2. You must complete and submit an application to the Noble County Prosecutor’s Office. You should do this as soon as possible after contacting the Court, and the application must be received prior to your Pre-Trial date. The form may be obtained by calling the Noble County Prosecutor’s Office, or by downloading it here.

3. We will review your application and notify you if you have been accepted or not. If accepted, you will receive instructions on how to pay for and enter the Program. If you are denied or decide not to participate, then you may pay the ticket or deny it, in which case the Court will set the matter for a trial. Please note that the cost of the Program is usually $252.50, which must be paid before your Agreement can be filed with the Court. Also, please be advised that your Agreement may contain special terms, such as completing a Defensive Driving Course.

The effective date of your Agreement will be the date that the Clerk of Noble County receives the payment and signed Agreement.  If you comply with the terms of the Agreement, the State of Indiana will dismiss the ticket pursuant to I.C. 34-28-5-1, and you will not accumulate any additional points on your BMV driving record. If you fail to comply with any of the terms of the Agreement, it may result in the ticket being reinstated. If this happens, the Deferral fees will be forfeited and you will need to either pay or contest the ticket.

If you have a question that has not been addressed above, or you need Prosecutor approval to participate in the program, you may call the Prosecutor's Office at (260) 636-2193. Have your ticket handy when you call.