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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.
As Philadelphia 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 your future.
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.
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