ARD

Prosecutor’s Denial of ARD Upheld by Superior Court

Many first-time DUI offenders participate in a pretrial diversionary program called Accelerated Rehabilitate Disposition (ARD) that allows a person to have the charges dismissed and expunged upon completion of the program requirements.   Whether a person is approved to participate in ARD is generally up to the District Attorney in the particular county, and the District… view more

Pennsylvania ARD No Longer a Prior Offense of DUI

The Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a ground breaking decision and held that participation in Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program for a DUI offense cannot be used to treat a subsequent driving under the influence case as a second or subsequent offense for mandatory minimum sentencing purposes.  This decision will have a huge impact on… view more

Pennsylvania District Attorneys Are Gatekeepers to First-Time Offender Program Called ARD

A recent Dauphin County case has brought attention to who decides whether a person charged with a criminal offense is permitted to participate in a pretrial diversionary or first-time offender program known as Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, commonly called “ARD.” With the ARD program, a person pleads not guilty to the criminal charges, but the person… view more

Ohio Judge Imposes Unique Sentences on First Time Offenders

After being a criminal defense attorney in State College for almost 11 years, I have seen Pennsylvania judges impose sentences on thousands of people, and those sentences generally include a period of jail time, probation, community service, payment of costs and fines, and completion of counseling. The sentences are relatively uniform, and in many cases,… view more