Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program
If you have been accused of a nonviolent crime in Pennsylvania, the state’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program can be an alternative to charges and jail time. If you have been accused of a nonviolent crime in Indiana County, like driving under the influence (DUI), for the first time, then you may be eligible for the ARD program.
My name is Robert Muir, and as a criminal defense attorney, I strive to find diversionary programs and alternatives to jail time for my clients who are facing criminal charges. I founded Robert S. Muir, Attorney at Law, to fight for those who have been accused of crimes in Pennsylvania County.
What Is The ARD Program?
ARD is a pretrial diversionary program established by the state to provide options and alternatives for first-time, nonviolent offenders. By design, it addresses criminal charges promptly, thereby eliminating the need for court proceedings and a trial. It is also designed to recognize the defendants who are candidates for treatment and rehabilitation. If a defendant successfully completes an ARD program, they may also be eligible to petition the court and request that their criminal record be expunged.
Who Is Eligible For The ARD Program In Pennsylvania?
Typically, the ARD program is utilized as an option for first-time DUI offenses or other first-time offenders.
If you have had multiple DUI charges, then ARD will not be an option. In order for a defendant to utilize the ARD program for a DUI, there must not have been any minor children in the car at the time of the arrest and the DUI charge cannot be in connection with a serious accident. However, the ARD program may be an available option for other nonviolent offenses. If you think that you may be eligible for ARD or are considering ARD, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you decide if it’s a good option for your case and circumstances.
Considering An ARD Program? Contact A Criminal Defense Attorney Today.
I offer a free initial consultation for clients in Armstrong, Cambria, Indiana, and West Moreland counties. If you need a DUI defense lawyer or would like to consult with a criminal defense attorney about the advantages of an ARD program, then contact me today. You can schedule your free appointment with me by using my online form or by calling 724-471-6457.