Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, ARD Lawyer For Juvenile Justice

ARDIf you have been arrested and are facing DUI charges for the first time, you may want to consider Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD). ARD is what is called a "pre-trial diversionary" program that is unique to Pennsylvania.

ARD was introduced to avoid lengthy court proceedings for offenders who are not a threat to society. In most cases, this means that it is your first offense, or that your first offense was more than 10 years ago. In addition to saving time, ARD can also save you a lot of money in waived court fees and fines.

To learn more about ARD in York County, Pennsylvania, contact The Law Office of Marc J. Semke. Mr. Semke has more than 10 years of experience in criminal law and can help you to determine whether ARD is the best option for you.

What Are The Benefits Of ARD?

One of the primary benefits of ARD is that you will be able to continue living your life like it was before your arrest. Your driver's license suspension may be shortened or dismissed, and you won't face jail time. This means that you will be able to continue school or work, and that you will be able to live with your family.

The long-term benefits are significant, too. If you meet the conditions for the designated amount of time, you will not have a DUI offense added to your record. This means that you won't have to report the offense when applying for jobs, and that you won't lose out on any opportunities that hinge upon a clean background check.

Should I Apply?

While the ARD program has many benefits, it is not always the wisest option for first-time DUI offenders. If your attorney determines that you have a good chance at having the charges dropped in trial, it may make more sense for you to fight the charges in court. However, now that Pennsylvania has stricter penalties for multiple DUIs, the ARD program may be a safer investment if you think there is any chance that you could be arrested for DUI again in the future.

Contact Us With Questions

If you are not sure whether ARD is right for you, schedule a consultation with an experienced defense lawyer. Call 717-781-8021 for Marc J. Semke's office.