WHAT IS A.R.D.?
A.R.D. is a one-time alternative to trial, conviction or a possible jail sentence. Upon application and completion of a Probationary Period, charges are dismissed.
- Faster disposition of your case
- Reduced court appearances
- Potential for reduced legal-fees
- No jail term if accepted and A.R.D. is completed.
- Dismissal of charges when A.R.D. is completed.
- Reduced license suspension for DUI violations.
HOW TO A.R.D.?
The District Attorney's Office has four requirements for all A.R.D. applicants:
- Make application for A.R.D. on or before your preliminary hearing date.
- Agree to waive your preliminary hearing on or before your hearing date.
- D.U.I. applicants must complete a Court Reporting Network (CRN) Evaluation within 10 days of making application for A.R.D.
- DUI applicants must complete a Drug and Alcohol Evaluation at their own expense.
WHO IS CONSIDERED FOR A.R.D.?
- NO Serious Injuries
- NO Serious Driving Record
If accepted into the program, there are certain things that will occur:
- The District Attorney will recommend A.R.D. and a probationary period without jail time.
- Payment of A.R.D. costs and restitution will be determined by the Court.
- A processing fee is required and must be paid prior to your A.R.D. placement date.
HOW DOES A.R.D. WORK?
If you wish to be considered for this program, you will need to complete an application, which will then be reviewed and verified by the administrator. The Administrator will meet with you, review the application, answer any questions, and explain the Program.
If you meet all of the criteria for qualification which has been established by the District Attorney, you will be scheduled to appear in Court and recommended for placement into the A.R.D. Program.
What does placement into A.R.D. involve?
- NO JAIL TERM if accepted for the A.R.D. Program and it is completed satisfactorily.
- Up to 60 Days Suspension of Driving Privileges.
- Dismissal of charges upon satisfactory completion of A.R.D.
- Attendance at an Alcohol Safe Driving School at the Drivers Expense.
TRIAL OR GUILTY PLEA
A first time conviction of DUI requires a minimum fine of $300.00 to $5,000.00.
First time penalties could go as high as 6 Months in Jail.
2nd or 3rd OFFENDERS UP TO 5 YEARS IN JAIL.
A first time conviction for DUI could suspend your drivers license for up to a period of ONE YEAR.
**To complete an application online click on the link below. This application can then be emailed to the administrator or printed and mailed or hand delivered.
There may be additional alternatives available that are not explained in this web site. If you have any questions you should contact an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney you should contact the Public Defender's Office for assistance. You may also contact the A.R.D. Administrator at the Lebanon County District Attorney's Office at 400 South 8th Street, Room 11, Lebanon, PA 17042 OR by telephone at (717) 274-2801 Ext. 2360.