What Happens During the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program?

Posted on February 25th, 2022

A criminal record can set you back in life and make it difficult to achieve the goals you had set for yourself. It may seem like there’s nothing you can do to overcome your past criminal charges, but for some, there is an opportunity for a second chance. Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program can help first-time offenders of non-violent crimes get the chance to have their charges expunged from their record, making it easier to do things like get a job or buy a home.

The ARD program helps those who are good candidates rehabilitate and can help prevent repeat offenses from occurring. If you’re interested in seeing if you’re eligible for the ARD program, you may be wondering what exactly you’ll have to do in the program. While the ARD program looks a little different for each person, here’s a general idea of what you can expect.

What Does the ARD Program Consist Of?

What you’re required to do in the ARD program may vary depending on the nature of your charges. Many of the people who go through the ARD program have been charged with DUI/DWIs, so there are many resources to help those charged with these crimes and other crimes that involve drugs or alcohol.

Here are some of the requirements you may have to complete in the ARD program.

  • Community Service – Most people who go through the ARD program, regardless of what charges there are against them, are required to partake in some sort of community service.
  • Safe Driving Courses – Those charged with a DUI/DWI may be required to take safe driving courses.
  • Substance Abuse Treatment – Some may be required to go through substance abuse treatment if there are concerns over the use of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Counseling – Counseling may be required for various reasons, including to help those with anger issues.
  • License Suspension – Those charged with a DUI/DWI will still have their license suspended if they go through the ARD program. However, participating in the ARD program can lead to a shorter suspension time.
  • Supervision – During the ARD program, participants are placed under supervision similar to probation.

How Long Does the ARD Program Last?

The length of time a person is required to participate in the ARD program can vary. Some may be under supervision for only a few months, depending on the severity of their charges. The ARD program can last for a maximum of two months.

Will I Have to Pay to Enter the ARD Program?

There is a cost to participate in the ARD program. Each county has its own cost, with the cost of the program in Lackawanna County being $1,523.50.

Get Assistance Applying for the ARD Program

If you’ve been charged with a crime, the first thing you need to do is contact Scranton criminal defense lawyer Craig Kalinoski. At Kalinoski Law Offices, we’ll help protect your future after you’ve been charged with a crime, including deciding whether or not the ARD program is right for you.

To get help after being charged with a crime and to learn more about PA’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, schedule a free consultation with Kalinoski Law Offices today.

Category: Criminal Charges

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