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
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.