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A common question we get: "So, I got a DUI in Chambersburg or Harrisburg or Carlisle....What is ARD?"

ARD stands for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition. State law requires every Pennsylvania County to have an ARD program for people accused of DUI. In addition, most counties will also offer ARD to individuals who do not have a prior record and have been charged with a “minor” offense. ARD is designed to hold people charged with crimes accountable for their actions while providing rehabilitation. At its most basic, ARD is a form of court supervision that allows an individual to be supervised by probation, and upon successful completion, the charges will be dismissed, thus avoiding a criminal conviction.

The requirements and details of ARD supervision vary based on the county administering the ARD program and the charges that have been filed. ARD supervision may last anywhere from thirty days to a maximum of twenty-four months. Typical components of the ARD program include the payment of costs associated with supervision, completion of community service hours, and when applicable, participation in a drug and alcohol evaluation and completion of recommended treatment.

Persons who enter into ARD for a DUI offense are subjected to additional requirements. Pennsylvania law requires these individuals to complete alcohol highway safety school. Depending on the level of intoxication, an individual’s age and whether an accident has occurred, one can expect a suspension of Pennsylvania driving privileges ranging from zero to ninety days.

Acceptance into ARD is not automatic and not everyone will be eligible. However, if you are eligible, ARD offers a means to dispose of criminal charges with minimal supervision and more importantly, to avoid a conviction. Please contact the attorneys at Curcillo Law so that we can advise you on your specific case and assist you through the court process.

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