ARD Overview

The Pennsylvania ARD Program

For anyone facing a first-time, non-violent offense, admission into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition Program (ARD Program) may be the best option. Most people who are admitted into the ARD Program are those charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Retail Theft or other theft offense. The main benefits of the ARD Program is that you can be held accountable without receiving jail time or having a conviction on your record.

If you feel that the ARD Program could be the best for you or your loved one, contact Montgomery County Defense Lawyer Henry Hilles at 610-270- 8800 or email me at hilles@comcast.net. I have represent many people who entered — and successfully completed — the ARD Program and, as a result, have a clean criminal recored.

Benefits of the ARD Program — Getting Your DUI Dismissed

The Pennsylvania Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program (ARD program) is a pretrial intervention program that is designed to divert first-time, non-violent offenders from the criminal justice process. Most people accepted into the ARD Program are charged with DUI, but many people charged with Retail Theft (shoplifting) also are ARD-eligible.

For DUI offenders, the ARD Program offers tremenous benefits as opposed to a criminal conviction. These benefits include:

  • No jail time — While most DUI offenders face a mandatory jail sentences, ARD participants avoid prison altogether and are sentenced to a period of probation.
  • Minimal license suspension — Under Pennsylvania DUI law, the ARD Program can result in a drivers’ license suspensions from zero to 12 months. Typically, however, successful completion of the ARD Program results in a license suspension of two months or less.
  • Possible record expungement. Following the fulfillment of ARD Program requirements, the charges are dismissed and the entire criminal record can be expunged. This does not happen automatically, so it is important to hire a DUI Expungment attorney to clear your record.

It is very important to hire a Montgomery County DUI ARD lawyer to advocate on your behalf to ensure that you get into the ARD Program if you are eligible.

Conditions of the ARD Program

The general idea behind ARD is that good people can make mistakes and so long as no one is hurt, and the ARD applicant is a first-time offender, a person can be appropriately “punished” without being incarcerated or subject to a criminal conviction. If accepted into the ARD Program on a DUI charge, you will likely be required to:

  • Complete a drug and alcohol evaluation and complete any recommended treatment
  • Attend and complete Alcohol Highway Safe Driving School
  • Report to the probation department once a month (which is typically done on-lone)
  • Complete community service hours
  • Follow and complete any other conditions of your specific ARD program agreement

Consequences of Not Completing the ARD Program

If a person fails to successfully complete the conditions of the ARD Program, the case is removed from ARD and transferred back to Common Pleas court for trial.

The ARD Program and Expunging Your Record

The Pennsylvania Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program (ARD Program) is a pretrial program that provides a way to avoid the severe punishment of mandatory DUI penalties. ARD permits people to get through the process without going to triall, risking jail time and being saddled with a criminal conviction.

After you complete the ARD Program, the charges will be legally dismissed. However it is important to understand that even though the charges are dismissed, they will still show up on your criminal record until and unless you get your record expunged. The expungement process requires filing a petition, obtaining an order of expungement and serving a certified copy of the order on the various criminal agencies that have a record of the incident. This process is much easier with a lawyer.

Do I Still Have a Record?

Even if DUI charges are dismissed because of successful completion of the ARD Program, you will still have a criminal record unless the incident is legally expunged. An expungement order will require criminal agencies (but not PennDOT) to expunge the records and remove information from their databases.

I am Lower Merion Township Criminal Defense Lawyer Henry Hilles. From my criminal law office in Norristown, Montgomery County, PA. Since 1994, I have practiced criminal law first as a prosecutor and then as a defense attorney. I am proud to respresent my clients for each step of the case, from the filing of charges, through any decision to apply for admission into the ARD Program, and through the completion of the case. I am then prepared and able to get your record expunged.

Let A Montgomery County DUI / ARD Program Attorney Help You

As your DUI / ARD expungement lawyer, I can help you get into the ARD Program and, at the end of the case, can help you get your record expunged. I defend those accused of criminal charges, drug crimes, DUI, property crimes, violent crimes and sex offenses throughouth Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. This includes Abington, Ambler, Blue Bell, Conshohocken, Haverford, Cheltenham Township, Pottstown, Upper Merion Township, Upper Dublin Township, Lower Providence Township, Upper Moreland Township and Horsham Township.

Call Montgomery County PA Criminal Defense/ DUI lawyer Henry Hilles at 610-270-8800

Or email me at hilles@comcast.net