If law enforcement arrests you on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, the experience can be unnerving and worrisome, as will the prospect of a DUI mark on your record.
However, the ARD program is available in Pennsylvania, and you may qualify. What is this and how will it help to resolve the DUI charge against you?
About the program
The goal of the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program is to help drivers charged with DUI make a fresh start. You would participate in the program administered through the Office of the District Attorney in the county where your DUI offense took place. The court will monitor your progress and ensure that you fulfill all the program requirements.
ARD program advantages
Although each of the county programs is unique, most continue for 12 months, and court-ordered requirements might include:
- Alcohol Safe Driving Class: You must complete this class in order to get your suspended driver’s license back.
- License suspension reduction: Your driver’s license suspension could last for up to a year. ARD may lower this to 60 days or less.
- Community service participation: The type will vary depending on location.
- Costs: You must pay both prosecution and supervision costs, which may amount to more than $1,000.
If you complete all the ARD program requirements, the court may dismiss the charges against you and expunge the DUI mark from your record. Furthermore, when you finish the program, you can legally answer “no” when asked in person or on an application if there are any criminal convictions in your background. You can give the same response should anyone ask if you participated in an ARD program. These benefits are proof that the ARD program can help you enjoy a fresh start in life.