ARD, or Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, is a Pennsylvania program that is usually available to first time DUI offenders in Allegheny County. In some limited circumstances, an individual charged with a different minor crime may be eligible for the program. ARD is primarily a rehabilitative program, which allows for expedited court proceedings. However, there may also be certain suspensions or costs associated with ARD. This program is not meant to replace convictions completely, but it may be the right option for a first-time DUI offender.
One issue with the Pennsylvania ARD program is that it requires successful completion of the entire program. Therefore, there is a chance that the person in the program could fail. If this happens, you may be removed from the program, and the original DUI charged may be reinstated. Another possible issue with the program is that even after successful completion of the program, if you are pulled over again for a DUI, you will be charged as a second time offender. As you cannot repeat the ARD program, the penalties may be more severe.
On the other hand, ARD in Allegheny County may be an attractive alternative for someone who has no prior records of conviction in the criminal court system. The program is basically like being on probation for a DUI. If the program is successfully completed, the criminal DUI charges will be dropped by the DA's office. Although there is a fee for the program, there is no jail time associated with ARD.
If you have been charged with a DUI and think ARD may be the right option for you, contact our office today to set up an appointment with Attorney Jill Sinatra. For more information on the ARD program, click here.