Centre County ARD Program

Many Pennsylvania courts use the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition or ARD program to resolve criminal charges such as DUI, Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Furnishing Alcohol to Minors, and Possession of a Fake ID.  ARD is a state wide program, so used in every county.  While many count ARD program have similar requirements and conditions, the requirements do tend to vary from county to county.  For example, with community service, some counties require that the service be completed in the county in which the crime occurred, but other counties will allow the service to be completed anywhere.  In some counties, monthly face-to-face meetings with a probation officer are required, but, in other counties, ARD participants are able to call or email the assigned probation officer. For information about a particular county’s ARD program, a person should contact a criminal defense lawyer that has experience handling such cases in that county.

The Centre County ARD program is generally separated between DUI and non-DUI cases, and the different types of cases are assigned to different probation officers. The Centre County ARD program for DUI and non-DUI cases both have the following standard conditions:

  1. 12 months of supervision by the probation department
  2. Completion of community service
  3. Payment of ARD costs and fees
  4. Suspension of Pennsylvania driving privileges (suspensions are generally for DUI, Underage Drinking, and Possession of a Fake ID charges)

Centre County ARD for DUI cases may also have the following conditions:

  1. 12.5 hour Alcohol Highway Safety School
  2. Alcohol counseling
  3. Completion of C-CERT program
  4. No alcohol consumption provision