YOU HAVE THREE (3) CHOICES FOR DEALING WITH THIS TRAFFIC CITATION
IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE TOWN OF ST. JOHN WITHIN FOURTEEN (14) DAYS, YOUR TICKET WILL BE FORWARDED TO LAKE COUNTY FOR PROSECUTION.
CHOICE #1: PAY THE FINE
The fine for any Ordinance 511 violation is: $180.00
The fine may be paid by mail or in person at:
St. John Clerk-Treasurer's Office
St. John Town Hall
10955 W. 93rd Avenue
St. John, IN 46373
Phone: (219) 365-4800 option 4
8:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M.
All payments must be either made in cash or via money order or certified check made payable to the Town of St. John and paid in the Clerk-Treasurer's Office. For your convenience, the drop box located in the back of the Town Hall may be used if you have a money order or certified check for payment. DO NOT MAIL OR DEPOSIT CASH! Please include your copy of the traffic citation along with payment.
CHOICE #2: Court
If you do not pay the fine prior to the specified time limit (within 14 days of receiving the citation), the traffic citation will be forwarded to Lake County Superior Court. Your case will be assigned an appearance date, and you will be notified via mail of the date and location by Lake County. You will be required to appear on that date and at the assigned location, at which time you may either plead guilty and pay the fine, or plead not guilty. If you choose to plead not guilty, you will have the opportunity to plead your case before the assigned Lake County Court, which will make the final decision regarding the disposition of your case.
CHOICE #3: DEFERRAL PROGRAM (If Eligible)
Enter into an Infraction Deferral Agreement with the Town of St. John, which states the defendant agrees:
1a. To pay the user's fee and court cost of $184.00 in accordance with I.C. Sec. 34-28-5-1.
1b. That the Defendant will commit no criminal traffic offenses or moving traffic violations for a period of six (6) months from the date of the agreement.
Defendant affirms under the penalty of perjury pursuant to I.C. Sec. 35-44-2-1 that:
2a. All information is true and accurate.
2b. The violation is not associated with an accident, property damage or other criminal charge;
2c. The defendant has not been charged with a criminal offense or been issued a moving traffic violation within the last year in any State; and
2d. The defendant has not been charged with a speeding offense in excess of thirty (30) miles per hour over the posted speed limit.
To enter into the Deferral Program, the defendant must apply in person at the St. John Police Department, located at 11033 W. 93rd Avenue, St. John, Indiana, between the hours of 9 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday, and 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturday. All payments must be in the form of a certified check, money order, or cashier's check and made payable to the "Clerk, Lake Superior Court." Cash and personal checks CANNOT be accepted. THIS FEE IS NONREFUNDABLE.
Upon completion of the Deferral Program terms (6 months), the citation will be dismissed and no points will be assessed to the defendant's driving record. If the defendant fails to meet the requirements of the agreement, the agreement is considered null and void. The fee is not refundable and cannot be applied to the fine.