Chester County DUI ARD Lawyer
If you’re facing a first-time DUI charge in Chester Couty, you may be eligible for a program called A.R.D., or Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, which will allow you to resolve your PA driving under the influence case without a criminal record. Ciccarelli Law Offices can answer all of your questions about ARD and help you determine whether it may be an option in your Pennsylvania drunk driving case.
A.R.D. is a program that emphasizes treatment instead of incarceration. Some counties have different guidelines, but, generally, in order to be eligible for accelerated rehabilitative disposition, you cannot have been convicted of a Pennsylvania DUI in the past 10 years. However, the district attorney has discretion to recommend or deny an individual for the program and each County District Attorney uses slightly different considerations for the program. Contact Us to discuss whether you may be eligible in the County of your arrest.
If you’re accepted for ARD in a PA DUI case, you’ll be under the court’s supervision – similar to probation – for six months. You’ll also be required to pay restitution if ordered and all court fines and fees and may be required to pay traffic fines, complete community service, highway safety classes and or alcohol or drug treatment. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be subject to license suspension in Pennsylvania for 30 to 90 days. It is possible to avoid suspension altogether in some cases.
If you complete all of the requirements for a A.R.D., your Pennsylvania DUI charge will be dismissed and you won’t have a criminal record from your driving under the influence arrest. You may then also be able to expunge the DUI arrest from your record. If you fail to meet the requirements after being accepted into the A.R.D. program, the charges against you will be reinstated and you’ll be prosecuted for driving under the influence. ARD can bring a satisfactory outcome to your first-time Pennsylvania DUI case, but it’s not your only option. It may be possible to reach a favorable plea bargain or successfully fight your driving under the influence charge in court. A Pennsylvania DUI lawyer at Ciccarelli Law Offices can help you determine whether A.R.D. or another option can bring a satisfactory outcome to your driving under the influence case. Please contact us today for a free consultation.
It may be possible to fight your Pennsylvania DUI charge and win, but you’ll never know if you plead guilty without first exploring your options. Ciccarelli Law Offices can review your case to determine whether the Chester County district attorney’s case has weaknesses that are open to challenge. Please contact us today for a free consultation.
Our DUI ARD team has over 30 years of experience working on your behalf and looking for your best options after you have faced a first offense of dui. Look to our experience, and insight when you are facing a dui stop, dui arrest and dui penalties. Based in suburban Philadelphia, Ciccarelli Law Offices has locations throughout the state of Pennsylvania, including Center City Philadelphia, West Chester PA, Malvern (serving Downingtown/Exton PA), Kennett Square PA, Lancaster PA, King of Prussia PA, Plymouth Meeting PA, Radnor and Springfield PA. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced DUI ARD Lawyer at Ciccarelli Law Offices, by contacting us at (610) 692-8700 or toll free at (877) 529-2422.