If you have been charged with a non-violent crime as a first-time offender, you may be worried about the penalties you could face. Fortunately, there may be options available to you, including ARD. Our Schuylkill County criminal defense lawyer at Anthony Urban Law Offices, P.C. may be able to pursue ARD proceedings on behalf of clients charged with a non-violent crime. This alternative penalty is often used in DUI and other related non-violent crime cases. Our firm works with the county office of the District Attorney to suggest a recommendation for ARD in eligible cases on behalf of our criminal defense clients.
ARD is a program designed to rehabilitate a first-time offender, dispose promptly of the relatively minor charge thereby dispensing with the expense of a long trial and other court proceedings. Eligible criminal defendants accepted into the program must undergo treatment and rehabilitation, and must also satisfy all court-ordered conditions imposed and cooperate with adult probation officials assigned to their case. ARD is used as an alternative to trial and possible conviction on the criminal record as well as jail time.
As part of completion of the program, criminal defendants in the ARD program must also remit payment for:
ARD is common for most first-time DUI cases not involving an accident resulting in injury or death, as well as other crimes which are not a serious breach of the public trust, including most summary offenses. Expungement of the offense is possible upon the satisfactory completion of the ARD program. However for DUI cases, the DUI offense will still be considered as part of sentencing for any subsequent DUI conviction. Going through the ARD program for DUI cases can possibly lead to less penalties, including reduced period of driver's license suspension and lesser fines than if convicted after a trial.
Contact us to speak to our Schuylkill County ARD attorney today. Call at (888) 268-0023 before your preliminary hearing or summary hearing to inquire if ARD is possible in your case and the right choice for you.