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Do I need an Attorney for ARD?
You need the RIGHT DUI Attorney. We provide 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. See our Success Stories and Client Reviews here.
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.
- 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.
- You must pay NON-REFUNDABLE program costs of up to $2500.00. These costs often must be paid up-front. The program costs are not refundable, even if your case is removed from ARD.
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
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." At The Morgan Law Firm, we consider ARD to be 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 and can be very expensive.
Each county in Pennsylvania has a different procedure for requesting and completing the ARD. Therefore, it is important that you work with a lawyer like me, who knows the application process in each county. For a FREE case evaluation call 1-888-821-9446 or click here.
Should I Fight My Charges?
You should consider it. ARD is not the right choice for everyone. 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. Click here to see our case results.
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.
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. At The Morgan Law Firm, we 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. Click here to learn if you are eligible for the ARD Program. That is why it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.