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Pennsylvania ARD Program
Information, Acceptance & Requirements
The Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program is offered in Allegheny County and all other PA counties. It is a probationary program primarily for first time offenders who have been charged with either a DUI or possession of a controlled substance, marijuana possession or possession of drug paraphernalia.
Being offered acceptance into the ARD program is a lesser punishment than being found guilty of a DUI or drug possession, including an avoidance of jail time and avoiding a one-year license suspension.
The ARD program is NOT a conviction. It allows your criminal record to be expunged after satisfactory completion so that you can have a clean record.
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ARD PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE
In order to be accepted into the ARD program, your attorney will need to request inclusion from the District Attorney. The District Attorney will determine if you are eligible for the program but the judge has the final say on your acceptance.
While not every first time offender is eligible for the ARD program, it is well worth discussing with your attorney.
Usually offenders are not eligible for this program under a DUI conviction when there was a serious injury or a vehicular homicide occurred while DUI, but other restrictions may also apply.
ARD PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
The purpose of the ARD program is the rehabilitation of an offender with the intention of encouraging them to make a fresh start. Acceptance into the program is first considered at the preliminary hearing where the district attorney will make an offer of acceptance into the program.
Conditions of the program, which usually lasts one to two years, may include a license suspension, fines, court fees and probation along with alcohol or drug rehabilitative classes such as alcohol highway safety school.
Requirements may also include doing community service or participating in employment training programs. There are also fee requirements for the program costs and the District Attorney may impose other restrictions.
Read more about the ARD program on the Allegheny Courts website.
ARD PROGRAM COMPLETION
Upon successful completion of the ARD program, the offender may move the court for an order to dismiss all the charges. In order to have the records expunged from all Pennsylvania agencies, a petition must be filed. An experienced DUI Attorney can assist with this process.
Attorney Shrager is available by mobile phone or text message, 24/7: 412-969-2540.
VIOLATING THE ARD PROGRAM
If you violate any part of the ARD program requirements or fail to complete all the requirements, the District Attorney will seek to have you removed from the program and the original charges will be reinstated.
Have questions about a DUI in Pennsylvania? Here are some resources:
- First Time DUI in PA
- Second DUI in PA
- DUI Drug Charges
- Defenses for a DUI
- Multiple DUIs in Pennsylvania
- PA DUI Court Process
- Underage Drinking and DUI Charges
- Driving While Under DUI License Suspension
- Homicide by Vehicle While DUI
- Record Expungement
- Pennsylvania DUI Laws
- Choosing a DUI Lawyer
- Birchfield Ruling on DUI – Recent Changes to DUI Convictions and Penalties
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