Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)
A Second Chance for First-Time Offenders
The ARD program (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program) is intended
to keep first-time offenders out of the criminal justice system. Depending
on the Pennsylvania county in which you were arrested, you may be eligible
for ARD for crimes such as first-offense
DWI or DUI, shoplifting, theft, and other non-violent crimes.
The benefits of completing an ARD program are considerable. You will be
able to stay out of jail, avoid a driver's license suspension in the
case of DUI, and keep your record free from a criminal conviction. At
Curcillo Law, LLC, our lead Harrisburg criminal defense attorney,
Joseph A. Curcillo, III, helps people with entering and completing ARD programs. He is highly
knowledgeable about the programs in the counties in which he practices,
and he uses this knowledge to help clients navigate the system. The counties
that are served by our team of attorneys include Dauphin, Perry, Cumberland,
Franklin, and Lebanon counties.
The ARD Process
The primary requirements for admissions to an ARD program include a clean
record and an offense that meets the criteria in the specific county.
We will attend your preliminary hearing and request ARD if you meet the
qualifications. Once your application is approved by the district attorney's
office, you will have another hearing before the judge, during which we
will advocate for your placement in the ARD program. The judge will then
determine how long you will need to remain in the program, and what you
will need to do to demonstrate successful completion of ARD.
Once you have completed the conditions set forth by the judge, we will
help you have your record expunged, or cleaned. It is critical to have the
expungement process completed correctly, because potential employers and licensing
agencies conduct criminal background checks. If your record is not properly
expunged, it will seem as if you never completed ARD. We work to ensure
that this does
not happen to you and that your second chance is a true opportunity.
Talk to a Harrisburg DUI attorney today!
You can count on our lawyers, who have more than 90 years of cumulative
legal experience. We are here to help you explore every option for minimizing
or eliminating the damages caused by your arrest.
so we can discuss the possibility of getting you placed into an ARD program!