Simply put, the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program is a pre-trial diversion program that allows first time offenders of certain crimes to obtain a “stay” of their case, pending successful completion of a probation period, after which the offender can have the charges dismissed, and be eligible to have all records expunged. Admittance into the ARD program is by discretion of the District Attorney, who may or may not recommend your case to the Court for placement into the program. Generally, it is used for first time DUI and Drug offenders. A similar program exists for first time offenders in Magistrate Court for certain kinds of summary traffic and non-traffic related offenses. Usually, an alcohol awareness class and some community service results in the charges being dismissed and eligibility for expungement.
Pennsylvania’s ARD Program
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