Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition for DUI Offenses
DUI cases are fact-specific. The first step in fighting your charges and avoiding the negative consequences of a conviction is to have an experienced lawyer thoroughly examine the details of your case. In many cases involving first-time DUI offenders, an experienced lawyer might be able to help the defendant avoid criminal penalties by securing admission into an alternative sentencing program such as Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD). This allows the defendant to avoid jail time and keep their permanent record clear of a DUI conviction.
Bucks County DWI Defense Attorneys
Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is a highly respected law firm and legal resource for people who have been charged with drunk driving in Pennsylvania. In fact, we have successfully represented many clients in DUI cases throughout Bucks County, PA, including Newtown, Dublin, and Lower Makefield. Our DUI litigation team has a hard-earned reputation for getting the job done at trial, which is why prosecutors are often more willing to negotiate with us outside of the courtroom. If you are eligible for admission into a diversionary program like ARD, we will argue on your behalf and do everything possible to secure your entrance into the program. Call KCR today to discuss your legal options.
ARD for DUI Offenses in Bucks County
ARD is an alternative sentencing program that allows the first-time offender to avoid lengthy and costly court proceedings. The ARD program requires the offender to undergo supervision for two years, attend Alcohol Highway Safety School (AHSS); and pay court-ordered restitution.
Admission into the ARD program is not automatic for first-time offenders. If you are eligible, you will still have to apply for admission and persuade the prosecutor that you are a good candidate for the program. The prosecutor will typically contact any victims in the case and find out if there are any objections to your admission into the program.
Eligibility for ARD in Pennsylvania
Even if you are a first-time offender, you will be ineligible for the ARD program if you were involved in a DUI accident that caused serious injury or death. Additionally, if you had a minor child in the car at the time of the DUI offense, you will be ineligible for ARD.
ARD: No Criminal Record for DUI Offenses
If you successfully complete the requirements of the ARD program, your DUI charge may be expunged from your record. This means that your permanent record will be clear of a DUI conviction.
However, alternative sentencing like ARD will still count against you if you are charged with subsequent DUI offenses. This means that a later DUI violation will result in second offense DUI charges and enhanced penalties.
Free Consultation with a Warminster DWI Attorney
The drunk driving defense attorneys at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson are prepared to fight for you and help you avoid the most serious consequences of a DUI conviction. If you are eligible for a diversionary program or alternative sentencing, we will fight for you at the negotiating table and passionately represent you in front of both the prosecutor and the judge. Call us today to discuss your case, or email us to arrange a meeting at our Bensalem office.