The Court offers a diversion program for eligible defendants who are interested in an opportunity to possibly avoid a conviction. In order to be eligible for this program, a defendant cannot have been convicted of a moving traffic violation within the past three years or participated in any other program to keep a conviction off the driving record anywhere within the past five years. For a speeding violation, the alleged speed cannot be more than 85 miles per hour if cited on Interstate 84, not more than 75 miles per hour if cited on US 97 or any other rural non-Interstate Highway, or more than 15 miles per hour over the speed limit if cited in an area with a posted speed of 45 miles per hour or less. Commercial drivers are not eligible for the program.
If a defendant is approved for the program, a $100 fee will be payable to the Court. Completion of a traffic safety class, at the defendant's additional expense, also will be required. Finally, a compliance period — beginning on the date the citation was issued and ending on a date that is a certain number of months following completion of the class — will be in effect, during which time no further violations will be allowed.
At the end of the compliance period, if all terms of the diversion have been successfully completed, the charge will be dismissed. In the event that a participant in the program does not comply with all the terms of the diversion, the presumed fine (less the amount previously paid) will be due and a conviction will be entered on the driving record.
If you would like to participate in the Sherman County Justice Court Traffic Diversion Program, please complete the Traffic Diversion Application below. Requests for Diversion must be made prior to payment of the presumptive fine.