If you have no prior criminal record or if you had no convictions in over ten (10) years, you may be eligible to participate in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. Participating in this program will increase the likelihood of avoiding more serious expenses and penalties associated with a DUI conviction as well as charges being dismissed and expunged from your criminal record.
The requirements of ARD may differ from County to County. In addition, each County District Attorney may set restrictions on who shall be eligible for ARD. For example, a person in Washington County may be denied ARD if they are involved in an accident causing injury while someone who is charged with the same crime in Allegheny County will still be eligible for ARD.
The District Attorney has discretion on who to accept into ARD and that District Attorney’s decision usually cannot be challenged unless the denial was for discriminating reasons. You should not assume ARD is automatic.
Pittsburgh DUI Attorney Terrence M. Ging has been representing clients throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has over 20 years experience assisting clients in gaining acceptance into the ARD program.