11 Mar ARD Program Admission Denial
DUI charges are some of the most common charges, especially in Pennsylvania where approximately 120 DUI arrests occur daily. Fortunately, you may qualify to participate in the state’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. However, not everyone with a DUI charge will qualify for the ARD program. The admission process relies heavily on previous charges, whether the individual has a misdemeanor or felony. The circumstances of the DUI itself are taken into consideration and even how the driver impacted the traffic around them. Still, since successful completion of the program can result in having the charge removed from the record, it’s worth a shot to apply.
ARD Denial Based on Current Charges
Though history is taken into account, so are the details surrounding the current charges. If someone aside from the driver is injured, the application may be denied. The same is true if there is a minor in the vehicle who is under the age of 14. If the driver is operating a vehicle with a suspended license or does not have insurance on the vehicle at the time of the incident, there is a higher risk of denial of the ARD application.
ARD Denial Based on History
Someone who has more than one misdemeanor or has a felony on their record may also be denied entry into the program. If the individual has already completed the program once, a DUI may not show up on their driving record, but it will show up on the records maintained by the District Attorney’s office.
DUI charges are serious convictions to have on your record. Completion of the ARD program means that no one but the DA has access to the charge, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony. However, petitioners should look at this as a second chance and avoid some of the more serious consequences of a DUI charge.
Even if you have been denied entry into the ARD program, the DUI lawyers at Young, Marr & Associates, may be able to help with your DUI charge. Call our office immediately at (609) 257-4019 in New Jersey or (215) 372-8667 in Pennsylvania or contact us online for your free initial consultation.