Individuals who are charged with non-violent, misdemeanor level offenses may be eligible for the ARD program.
Generally, only first time offenders are eligible for ARD. If you are approved for ARD, you may be required to complete the following conditions: non-reporting probation, community service and the payment of court costs. Individuals charged with DUI may also be subject to a brief driver’s license suspension period and must complete highway safety school.
In most cases, the ARD program is a good alternative to proceeding to trial as it allows individuals to earn a dismissal of the DUI charge and a potential expungement of their case. Because the District Attorney’s Office determines who is approved for ARD, it is important that you hire an attorney who is familiar with the ARD program and the criteria that the District Attorney’s Office uses to determine eligibility and approval.
Obtaining approval for the ARD program may result in avoiding a period of incarceration, a lengthy driver’s license suspension and a permanent record. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney will ensure that you are treated fairly.