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.