The ARD Process: An Option For Many First-Time DUI Offenders
A first-time DUI arrest may have been an unexpected and uncharacteristic event in your life. You may not usually drink and drive, but circumstances may have caught up with you. Now you find yourself with serious legal needs. Fortunately, the laws of Pennsylvania allow many first-time offenders to settle their cases with limited or no driver’s license suspension through Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD).
Consult with an attorney to learn whether you qualify for ARD and what requirements you will need to meet to complete it successfully. A lawyer can personalize an explanation of the parameters of the program, which normally include the following:
- An alternative to trial and a criminal conviction
- A way to stay out of jail
- A way to avoid a one-year driver’s license suspension
Requirements For Eligibility:
- A first-time offense DUI arrest
- No prior convictions
- No serious bodily injury to other people
- No passenger under age 14
- A valid driver’s license, not under suspension at the time of the DUI arrest
- A Court Reporting Network (CRN) evaluation
- For full details of eligibility, it’s best to consult an attorney
- One year of probation in lieu of mail term
- A six-month period of parole afterward
- If convicted, a possible 30-day or 60-day driver’s license suspension instead of one year
- Mandatory attendance at the alcohol highway safety program (“DUI school”)
- Reduced fines and costs
- A drug and alcohol screening (CRN evaluation) prior to ARD court and participation in drug or alcohol treatment if deemed necessary
- 16 hours of community service
- Upon completion of all terms, the Adult Probation and Parole Office will forward a petition to the district attorney’s office and the court of common pleas requesting that the DUI charge be expunged.
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