DUI and ARD: Important Information to Know
Being arrested for a DUI can be a very stressful experience. Often it is the case when an individual calls our office regarding their DUI arrest, it is their first time ever having to face criminal charges. While every case is unique, many individuals facing a DUI for the first time are eligible for a diversionary program that will dismiss their DUI upon successful completion.
What is ARD? How does ARD affect my DUI? Does everyone get into ARD?
Throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, various counties offer to first time DUI offenders the option of applying for ARD. ARD is short for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition. It is a 6-12 month program that involves the completion of:
Completion of Alcohol Highway Safety School
Payment of Court Costs and Fines
A period of license suspension ( 0 days for lowest tier DUI, 30 days for a middle tier dui. 60 days for highest tier dui, and 90 days if the individual is a minor
IMPORTANT: If you are a commercial driver you will lose your license for 1 year regardless of completing the ARD program.
Other requirements if mandated by the District Attorney's Office of the specific county where the defendant was arrested in.
It is important to note that, the ARD program is often managed by the District Attorney's Office and NOT by the court. What this means is that your specific DUI case may be accepted or rejected depending on the specific facts of your case. Reasons for rejection of an ARD application may include:
Accident involving property damage or injury to another individual
Excessive Blood Alcohol Content
Prior Criminal History
A child under the age of 14 was in the vehicle at the time of the stop
Nature of the DUI
While rejections of ARD do occur, there are many instances where an experienced DUI attorney can resubmit your application with additional facts and mitigating factors in order to have you approved.
Once an individual is approved and completes the ARD program, they can apply to have their record expunged so that they have no criminal background appear when applying to jobs, schools, housing etc.
If you would like to know more about this program contact The Town Law LLC today! Our team of experienced DUI attorneys have helped individuals enter ARD programs, in Bucks County, Chester County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Philadelphia.