Philadelphia DUI Expungement Lawyer
Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)
If you were recently arrested for DUI, you should contact Parkinson, Tarpey
& Lloyd to determine if you are eligible for the ARD Program (Accelerated
Rehabilitative Disposition), which is a pre-trial diversionary program
administered by the District Attorney's Office.
DUI attorneys and
former prosecutors with
more than 40 years of collective legal experience, we can help you determine your eligibility under this valuable program.
If you are accepted into the program, once you complete certain criteria,
you can petition to have your DUI expunged!
Do you qualify for the ARD program?
The Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, otherwise known as
ARD is reserved for minor offenses and first time offenses. After they
have been reviewed by the District Attorney's Office, these cases
can get placed in an ARD program. Having a DUI lawyer in Philadelphia
guide you through this process can be very beneficial to the outcome of
In order to be placed in an ARD program, the defendant needs to agree to
a probationary sentence, of which conditions will be imposed such as:
- Community service
- Drug and alcohol counseling
- Restitution to the victim
If the sentence is completed by the defendant, the arrest may be expunged
from his or her record; however, if the defendant does not complete it,
his or her case will instead go to trial.
The District Attorney's Office will not accept an ADR application if
the DUI offense if:
- An accident occurred in connection to the DUI offense and an individual
other than the defendant suffered serious bodily injury or was killed
as a result of the accident.
- There was a child passenger under the age of 14 in the motor vehicle that
the defendant was operating.
- The offender was on probation, parole or ARD when they committed the offense.
While on an ARD program, defendants are placed under supervision. The court
may impose costs and assessments, but not a fine. Approximately 90% of
people on an ARD program have been arrested for driving under the influence
of drugs or alcohol. The maximum period of supervision for an ARD program
is two years.
Learn your options – contact a Philadelphia DUI lawyer!
Contact Parkinson, Tarpey & Lloyd today to meet with a Philadelphia
criminal defense lawyer. We can discuss your DUI case in a
free case evaluation. Our firm would be glad to explain how the ARD program works and help
you determine if it would be a wise option in your DUI case. If you have
already completed an ARD program and met all of the necessary requirements,
we can petition the court to get your charges dismissed and case expunged.