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Chester County ARD Application

Town Law Publishing May 28, 2024

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Understanding the ARD Program in Chester County, PA

The Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program in Chester County, PA, provides first-time, non-violent offenders a chance to avoid a criminal conviction. This brief overview covers the program’s eligibility, application process, and conditions.

Overview of the ARD Program

The ARD program aims to rehabilitate offenders, allowing them to avoid a criminal record. Successful completion of the program leads to dismissal of charges and potential expungement from the offender’s criminal history.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the ARD program in Chester County, defendants must:

  • Waive their preliminary hearing.

  • Have no prior misdemeanor or felony convictions and no pending charges.

  • Never have been placed on ARD or its equivalent.

  • Not be charged with violent crimes, offenses involving deadly weapons, or specific serious offenses.

  • If charged with DUI, not have been involved in an accident causing injury or significant property damage, not have a child under 14 in the vehicle, and meet other specific conditions.

Application Process

The application process involves several steps:

  1. Waiver and Entry Forms: Defendants and their attorneys must complete the Entry of Appearance and Waiver of Arraignment Form.

  2. Fingerprinting: Defendants must be fingerprinted.

  3. Submission: Submit the ARD application form, along with the waiver forms, to the Office of the District Attorney at least 14 days before the scheduled arraignment.

Conditions of the ARD Program

If accepted into the ARD program, defendants must:

  • Complete a term of probation, usually between six and twelve months.

  • Perform a minimum of 24 hours of community service.

  • Pay court costs and any restitution.

  • Comply with any special conditions, such as attending Alcohol Highway Safety School for DUI offenses.

DUI-Specific Guidelines

For DUI cases, specific BAC levels dictate different probation lengths, community service hours, and license suspensions:

  • BAC 0.08%–0.099%: 6 months probation, 16 hours community service, no license suspension.

  • BAC 0.10%–0.159%: 12 months probation, 24 hours community service, 30-day license suspension.

  • BAC 0.16% or higher, drugs, accident with injury, or refusal: 12 months probation, 32 hours community service, 60-day license suspension.

  • Minor (under 21 years): 12 months probation, 24 hours community service, 90-day license suspension.

Completion and Expungement

Successful completion of the ARD program allows the defendant to file for expungement to remove the offense from their criminal record. This does not happen automatically and requires proactive steps by the defendant.

Contact Information

For more details or to apply for the ARD program, contact us at 215-307-5504

The ARD program offers a valuable opportunity for eligible offenders to rehabilitate and clear their record, emphasizing a commitment to personal accountability and community responsibility.