Philadelphia Lawyer ARD for DUI
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a criminal offense. Fortunately for many first-time offenders, Pennsylvania offers a pre-trial diversion program called Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD). This program allows certain individuals to avoid the harsh penalties of the criminal justice system.
If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, you may qualify for ARD. The DUI attorneys at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can determine if you qualify and guide you through the process.
What are the Benefits of ARD?
ARD is designed to help those the system deems unlikely to be repeat criminal offenders avoid the criminal justice system altogether. By applying for ARD with the county's district attorney's office prior to trial, offenders should be permitted to enroll in the ARD program if they meet these requirements:
- (1) No prior criminal history
- (2) This is their first DUI offense
- (3) No other person was injured or killed in an accident related to the DUI for which the offender was arrested
- (4) The offender has not already been convicted at trial for this crime
- (5) The offender applied for ARD with the district attorney's office prior to the required date
Once an offender is accepted into the ARD program, they will have the opportunity to put this unfortunate incident behind them. In fact, successful completion of the ARD program will result in your record being expunged of this matter. Employers, rental agencies, and the general public can usually find any crimes you've been accused of by merely doing a search online. Acceptance and completion of the ARD program will result in these charges being cleared from your record.
This important program extends beyond DUI's in Pennsylvania. If you have been arrested for certain types of assault, Theft, or embezzlement, you may be eligible for ARD. Be sure to contact an attorney if you are ever charged with one of these crimes.
Maintaining a clean record is important to both your financial, personal, and professional freedom. By entering into the ARD program you may avoid costly fines, jail time, and negative background check results. Retaining counsel is essential whether you need their assistance to win a case at trial or to guide you through the ARD process in order to ensure that you get the best results possible. Call the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced DUI attorneys.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.