Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer George Heym 

FORMER ALLEGHENY COUNTY DUI PROSECUTOR!

Pittsburgh DUI Attorney George Heym
Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)
The Law Offices of George Heym 564 Forbes Ave, Suite 810 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-521-2628

Q.

What is ARD?

A. First, it is a common misconception that ARD is only for DUI cases. It is not, although it is used most often for DUI cases. ARD is what is known as a pre-trial diversionary program. This means that prior to your case reaching trial you reach an agreement with the District Attorney, with Court approval, to handle your case outside of the normal trial process. Some of the benefits of ARD include no jail time, much shorter driver’s license suspensions and the lack of a permanent criminal record.

Q.

What are the requirements for admission to the ARD program?

A. Pennsylvania Law provides that certain DUI offenders cannot be admitted to ARD. Those include: A person with a DUI conviction (or prior ARD) within the previous 10 years; a DUI where there was an accident that resulted in serious bodily injury to someone; a DUI where a minor under the age of 14 was in the vehicle at the time; and a DUI where the person fled from the police when they attempted to pull him/her over for the DUI. Beyond the above requirements, it is left at the discretion of the District Attorney in each county to decide who is and is not admitted to ARD. To be clear, it is at the discretion of the District Attorney whether or not you get into ARD – you do not have a right to ARD and neither the police nor the Magistrate get to make this decision.

Q.

What will I have to do in the ARD program?

A. The ARD program generally involves serving some period of non-reporting probation. The length of the probation is usually based upon your BAC. You will also be required to attend some driver’s safety courses. Finally, some counties in Pennsylvania will also require that you do a certain number of hours of community service such as roadside trash cleanup.

Q.

What Happens when I finish ARD?

A. If you successfully complete the ARD program the charges will be dismissed and the record that you were arrested for DUI may be expunged. Completion generally requires that you have served the necessary driver’s license suspension, have paid your court costs and taken any required driver’s safety classes. The legal ramifications of ARD completion are that you will be able to truthfully state that you have no criminal convictions. If you have the DUI arrest expunged (this is done automatically in some counties) a criminal background check will actually come back blank.  It is easy to see the advantages of this program as it allows you to deal with the DUI without it having a permanent affect on your life. Please remember that every DUI case is unique.  Only an experienced DUI Lawyer can examine the specific facts of your case and advise you as to what the best course of action is for you.
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Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)
The Law Offices of George Heym 564 Forbes Ave, Suite 810 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-521-2628

Q.

What is ARD?

A. First, it is a common misconception that ARD is only for DUI cases. It is not, although it is used most often for DUI cases. ARD is what is known as a pre-trial diversionary program. This means that prior to your case reaching trial you reach an agreement with the District Attorney, with Court approval, to handle your case outside of the normal trial process. Some of the benefits of ARD include no jail time, much shorter driver’s license suspensions and the lack of a permanent criminal record.

Q.

What are the requirements for

admission to the ARD program?

A. Pennsylvania Law provides that certain DUI offenders cannot be admitted to ARD. Those include: A person with a DUI conviction (or prior ARD) within the previous 10 years; a DUI where there was an accident that resulted in serious bodily injury to someone; a DUI where a minor under the age of 14 was in the vehicle at the time; and a DUI where the person fled from the police when they attempted to pull him/her over for the DUI. Beyond the above requirements, it is left at the discretion of the District Attorney in each county to decide who is and is not admitted to ARD. To be clear, it is at the discretion of the District Attorney whether or not you get into ARD – you do not have a right to ARD and neither the police nor the Magistrate get to make this decision.

Q.

What will I have to do in the ARD

program?

A. The ARD program generally involves serving some period of non-reporting probation. The length of the probation is usually based upon your BAC. You will also be required to attend some driver’s safety courses. Finally, some counties in Pennsylvania will also require that you do a certain number of hours of community service such as roadside trash cleanup.

Q.

What Happens when I finish ARD?

A. If you successfully complete the ARD program the charges will be dismissed and the record that you were arrested for DUI may be expunged. Completion generally requires that you have served the necessary driver’s license suspension, have paid your court costs and taken any required driver’s safety classes. The legal ramifications of ARD completion are that you will be able to truthfully state that you have no criminal convictions. If you have the DUI arrest expunged (this is done automatically in some counties) a criminal background check will actually come back blank.  It is easy to see the advantages of this program as it allows you to deal with the DUI without it having a permanent affect on your life. Please remember that every DUI case is unique.  Only an experienced DUI Lawyer can examine the specific facts of your case and advise you as to what the best course of action is for you.
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Pittsburgh DUI Lawyer George Heym 

Former DUI Prosecutor!

Exclusively Defending DUI Cases!