The Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (“ARD”) program is a special program for first time offenders. ARD is usually used for a first offense DUI, but also can be used for other crimes such as theft.
As the name suggests, the purpose of the ARD program is rehabilitation. The terms of the ARD program often include classes designed to assist and deter the accused from the act that led them to the court system in the first place. For example, ARD classes for a first-offense DUI would include alcohol and highway safety classes.
The ARD program allows the accused to have the charges against them stayed and, upon completion of the terms of the ARD program, to have their charges withdrawn and expunged from their record. Often times, the ARD program is a sought after program because it includes this expungement. Additionally, if it is a first offense DUI, ARD will reduce a license suspension from a potential one-year suspension to a maximum of sixty days.
The District Attorney’s office is the entity that determines whether ARD is going to be offered to a defendant. Because of this, it is important to have a dedicated, experienced attorney to fight on your behalf to get you into the ARD program.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, you should consult an attorney as soon as possible. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Justin J. Ketchel, LLC can determine if the ARD program is a good fit for you and, if so, will fight to have you admitted to the program and your charges expunged from your record. If you would like to speak to one of our experienced attorneys, please contact us at 412-456-1221 for a free consultation.