ARD Expungements

Every state has specific laws about which types of crimes are eligible for expungement. The State of Pennsylvania allows an expungement of records for people who have completed an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. The primary purpose of the Pennsylvania ARD program is to rehabilitate the offender and eliminate the need for a lengthy and costly criminal trial. It is up to the Office of the District Attorney whether the defendant will be allowed to participate in the program. The most likely candidates include the following:

• The defendant is a first-time offender
• The defendant was charged with a relatively minor offense, such as shoplifting, theft, DUI or another type of non-violent crime
• The defendant is willing to enroll in a treatment program
The Pennsylvania driving under the influence (DUI) laws changed in October 2003 when the blood alcohol content (BAC) was lowered from .10 to .08. The penalties for a first DUI offense include the following:
• Charged with committing a misdemeanor offense
• A fine of $300
• Up to six months probation
• Ordered to complete highway safety school
• Ordered to attend a treatment program

First-time offenders who successfully complete the ARD program will be eligible to have their DUI records expunged. A DUI expungement should be handled by an ARD attorney who is familiar with the process and can get the case handled quickly and efficiently. We have the experience of arguing cases in court and we will make sure the defendant’s rights are represented at all times. Our flat fee covers all the costs of conducting research, filing motions and responding to opposition from the prosecutor’s office.

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