ARD FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can Any Attorney Help Me?
No. Only an experienced DUI Defense Attorney is qualified to assist you when you are charged with a DUI. Other attorneys, including "criminal defense attorneys" do not have the specialized knowledge and experience to determine if ARD is your best choice. ARD is the lesser of two evils. But, there may be other defenses available that may only be known to an experienced DUI Defense Attorney. Let us help you.
What is the ARD Program?
Although the government, including the police consider ARD to be a "gift" and some attorneys sell it as a "goal." I consider ARD to be the lesser of two evils. It is just a starting point. We ALWAYS look for a better result. In many cases, we have been able to achieve better outcomes including dismissal of DUI charges.
The ARD Program is probation without a verdict. It is not a "class." It is not an "online program." It can be 12 to 18 months of probation. It can be very expensive.
Should I Fight My Charges?
You should consider it. ARD is not the right choice for everyone. It is the lesser of two evils, but it remains an evil. Only after a full evaluation of your case can we determine if ARD is the right choice for you. Although we cannot guarantee any particular outcome, we have had success with getting DUI charges completely dismissed for first time offenses. When you complete our online case evaluation, we will send you our case results and our client reviews.
Am I eligible for the ARD Program?
First, let's find out if you are eligible. Complete this free online case evaluation by clicking here to either schedule your free consultation or receive a comprehensive case evaluation and recommendation. There is no fee for this service. There is no obligation to hire our firm. In other words... This is a Risk Free Offer.
Do I need an Attorney for ARD?
You need the RIGHT DUI Attorney. Only Attorney Morgan has dedicated 100% of his efforts to Pennsylvania DUI Defense. As a former police officer and DUI prosecutor, Attorney Morgan has the advanced traning and experience necessary to achieve the best possible results.
Attorney Morgan provides accurate information to help you make the right decision in a no-pressure environment. If ARD is the right choice for you, we will make that recommendation. If trial is a better option, we will explain the specific reasons for our recommendation. ARD requires compliance with the terms and conditions set by the court. Thus, there is a risk of failure. Unlike many attorneys, we follow your progress as you move through the ARD Program and incorporates Expungement into our fees. Click here for a free case evaluation, free legal guide, and free case-results and client reviews.
How much does an attorney charge for ARD Representation?
Every case is different. However, this is an easy question to answer for your case. When you complete this online case evaluation, we will give you a free fee quote without a pushy sales pitch. Our fee is a flat fee. This means that you can contact me as many times as you need without worrying about your fee increasing. My fee includes the preliminary hearing, your ARD Hearing, and the Expungement process. When you complete the Online Case Evaluation, I will also provide you with:
Forty Page Legal Guide
Our Verifiable Case Results
My verifiable client reviews
Field Sobriety Test Information/Instructions
Detailed information about my approach to your case and everythign you can expect from me if you retain my service.
What are the Negative Aspects of ARD?
You should be aware of the following facts:
Your license will be suspended for 30, 60, or 90 days.
THere is no "bread and butter" license while on ARD
ARD does NOT wipe the slate clean
ARD remains on your PennDOT Driving Record for 10 years.
ARD counts as a prior conviction if you are arrested for DUI again within the next 10 years.
If you have a CDL, it will be disqualified for 12 months.
You may have to perform up to 100 hours of community service.
ARD probation may restrict your right to possess firearms.
The District Attorney has complete discretion to admit and remove you from the program.
My job, when representing an individual applying for ARD, is to review the facts and circumstances of the case, remaining vigilant to determine whether there is a possibility that the charges may be dismissed due to an evidentiary issue or whether there is a strong possibility of acquittal. If either of these situations arises, I will make a recommendation to you as to how we should proceed.
How Much Does The ARD Program Cost?
The government requires a NON-REFUNDABLE fee between $1500.00 and $3000.00. These costs vary by county.
Before giving your money to the government, you should be aware that ARD is not a "gift" and is not a goal. It is the lesser of two evils. DUI Cases can be won. It does NOT wipe the slate clean. ARD counts a conviction for subsequent arrests and remains on your driving record for a period of 10 years.
It may NOT be your best option. This page contains information about the ARD Program including risks. Having the advice of an experienced DUI Defense Attorney can help you avoid these risks. Before spending this money, you should consult with a DUI Defense attorney. Click Here for a FREE Case Evaluation
How does a DUI/ARD affect my CDL?
Attorney Morgan literally grew up in the cab of a tractor trailer. As the son of an Owner-Operator Truck Driver, Dean understands the importance of a CDL.
We work to protect your CDL. If you have a CDL, your CDL will be disqualified for 12 months. I understand the importance of a CDL to your employment. We will work with your employer to explain the process and help them to help you maintain your employment.
What happens at an ARD hearing?
At the hearing, which is held in open court, the Court will formally inform the defendant of the terms and conditions of the program. The Court will ask the defendant if he understands the terms and the conditions of the program.
The ARD program is not always the right choice for every person arrested for DUI. Based on the facts and the circumstances of your case, you may wish to challenge the evidence against you. That is why it is important to contact me as soon as possible to discuss your case. Click here to take the first step towards your future.