The Accelerated Rehabilitation Diversion Program (ARD Program) is designed for first time DUI offenders and offenders of minor drug possession charges who have no prior criminal convictions.
ARD is a probationary program that could help you avoid a license suspension and jail time. After completion of the ARD program your attorney can move the court to have your charges dismissed and possibly expunged from your record.
The District Attorney determines admission to the program and you must apply in order to be considered. Our DUI Lawyers and Drug Lawyers can help you with that process.
Every county in Pennsylvania may have different guidelines for their own ARD program. Read more about the Allegheny County ARD Program.
For more information about Pennsylvania Drug Diversion Programs, contact Pittsburgh Attorney Christopher Thomas for a free consultation.
If you have been charged for a first offense DUI or first offense possession of drugs, you should contact an experienced attorney for a free legal consultation.
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There are many restrictions that keep people from being accepted into the ARD program in Pennsylvania. You have to be a first-time offender to even apply. If you have a prior criminal record, you will not be accepted.
Your lawyer will file a petition to the District Attorney for acceptance into the program. This is usually done around the time of your preliminary hearing or arraignment.
In order to complete the program successfully, you may have to attend substance abuse treatment programs, perform community service, and pay court-ordered restitution, among other stipulations the District Attorney may set.
Although technically your charges will be dismissed after successfully completing the ARD program, your criminal record will still show the arrest unless you have your record “expunged”.
Your attorney may file a petition to have your criminal record expunged. This means that your arrest will be taken off of your criminal record and potential landlords, employers, and financial institutions and colleges will not be able to see it. But a petition must be filed in order for that to happen.
If a person does not comply with the stipulations of the ARD program or does not complete all of the requirements, they will be removed from the program. The original charges will apply and the ARD violator could go to jail.
If you are arrested again while in the ARD program, you will most likely be removed from the program.
You will not automatically qualify for the ARD program – you have to apply and then be accepted by the District Attorney. We can help you with that process. If you are a candidate, we can also help you with the process of going through the Pennsylvania Drug Court Program.
If you are not guilty of the charges and do not want to enter into ARD or plead guilty, we will fully investigate your case and fight to have your charges dropped completely.
We are aggressive and experienced Pittsburgh drug attorneys. We will thoroughly investigate your case and build a strong defense strategy in order to negotiate with the courts and plea your case for the best possible outcome.
We will try to have your charges reduced or withdrawn. We understand the needs of our clients and have compassion for the ordeal they are going through.
When your future and freedom are on the line, you need an excellent attorney who is going to work aggressively to defend your rights – someone who is compassionate and cares about you and your family.
Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyer Christopher Thomas is skilled and experienced at winning tough cases and fighting for the charges to be reduced or dropped altogether.
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