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ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition)

Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition or ARD is a program for first-time offenders. It is a diversionary program that does not require the entry of a guilty plea or a finding of guilt. Most counties in Pennsylvania offer a program, but the criteria for entry into it and the offenses eligible for it can vary widely. Entry into ARD and successful completion of the requirements of the program allow for charge or charges to be dismissed and the offender to walk away without a criminal record and allows for the expungement of the charges.

Are my charges eligible for an ARD disposition?

The decision to recommend a case for disposition in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program are within the discretion of the District Attorney in the county where the charges are filed. Generally, minor misdemeanor offenses such as DUI, Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia are considered for entry into the program. Felony charges are usually not considered for this type of program, but depending on the type of charge and facts involved in the case, the District Attorney could offer make a recommendation for ARD. To determine if your case is eligible for ARD disposition, speak with an attorney knowledgeable in the practice of criminal law.

How do I get my case recommended for ARD?

The procedure for applying for ARD varies from county to county. The timing of when an application needs to be filled out may depend on the offense charged and may need to be done at the first court appearance or at a latter time in the legal process. You may have to have court mandated tests completed prior to admission and may be required to pay some or all of the costs of the program prior to being admitted into the program. A criminal defense attorney knowledgeable in the process applicable in your county is essential to ensuring you are prepared to complete any and all requirements to successful gain entry and complete the requirements of the program.

Criminal defense attorney Scott A. Stein has provided representation for many people charged with criminal offenses in various counties throughout Central and Eastern Pennsylvania.  Attorney Scott A. Stein uses his knowledge and experience in handling criminal cases to explain your legal rights and recommend a course of action.

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