If you are facing DUI or DWI charges, an experienced Pennsylvania DUI lawyer gives you the best opportunity to qualify for the ARD Program.
Avoiding jail time through the Pennsylvania ARD Program
ARD (or Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) is a program administered by the Pennsylvania District Attorney to divert less serious DUI cases away from jail and allow these drivers to get back on the road sooner. If a driver is accepted into the Pennsylvania ARD program, he will stay out of jail, shorten the license suspension and earn dismissal of the case and expungement of the criminal record. To determine whether you might qualify for ARD and guide you through the process the help of an experienced DUI lawyer like R. Russell Pugh is essential. The ARD application process is tricky and strict time limits apply for waiving the preliminary hearing, filing the application and taking a qualification test.
How you behave can make a difference
If you are stopped for DUI, you can significantly improve the chance of receiving ARD if you are courteous to the police officer. The comments of the police officer regarding your behavior at the scene will be considered by the District Attorney as part of your ARD application. A police officer who finds you cooperative at the scene may also be helpful in getting some charges dropped that will make you more likely to get ARD and reduce or eliminate suspension the of your license. PA DUI attorney R. Russell Pugh has been representing Pennsylvania drivers facing criminal charges for DUI for over 31 years. This experience is invaluable in delivering clients their best chance at acceptance into the ARD program.
Limitations of the ARD Program
Some DUI cases are not eligible for ARD. If a driver has a prior DUI conviction or prior ARD, he will not be eligible. If his blood alcohol content is over a certain level, if he had an accident in which some one was injured or if there was a child in the car at the time of the stop, ARD will not be offered. Only an experienced DUI lawyer can evaluate your case to determine whether an ARD application should be filed or whether another strategy is more appropriate. Lancaster PA attorney R. Russell Pugh is well-qualified to give you the advice you need.
An experienced DUI lawyer can improve your eligibility
If you have been charged with Driving While Intoxicated or Driving Under the Influence in Pennsylvania and are seeking acceptance into the ARD program, contact Lancaster County DUI lawyer R. Russell Pugh immediately for a free legal consultation regarding your case.