Deferred Disposition / Probation

Moving Violations: Your Options

A request for deferred disposition / probation must be submitted by mail or in person at the court clerk’s office (205 Walnut Street) within the appearance date issued by the officer. If granted the deferred disposition / probation and all terms of the conditions of your probation are met, the judge will dismiss your citation without final disposition and the citation is not reported to the Department of Public Safety and not recorded on your driving and/or criminal record.

A deferred disposition / probation means, if granted, you will be placed on probation for a period not to exceed 180 days. As a condition of your probation, you must not receive any additional citations in the City of Bowie during the deferral period (other conditions may also be imposed to qualify). Any conditions or terms required to successfully complete the deferral period will be provided to you in writing by the Municipal Court. You shall be required to sign the deferred disposition order acknowledging receipt of the information needed to satisfy your deferral terms. If you are under 25, you will be required to complete defensive driving course.

Eligibility for Deferred Disposition / Probation

You eligible for a deferred disposition or probation if you:
  • Are not charged with a violation occurring in a construction zone
  • Are not charged with speeding in excess of 24 mph over the speed limit
  • Are not currently participating in a deferred disposition in the City of Bowie
  • Do not possess a commercial driver's license (CDL)
  • Have not already paid your fine that resulted in a final conviction in this case
  • Have not participated in any deferred disposition programs during the past year