Options for the First-Time Offender
ARD/DUI is a probationary program for first time DUI offenders only. Upon successful completion of the probation period, the criminal charges of DUI are expunged from your criminal history. However, the charges will remain on your driving record for the purpose of determining any future penalties.
ARD/DUI is only applicable in cases where there have been no serious injuries and where the offender does not have a poor driving record, which categorizes him/her as a habitual offender by Pennsylvania Statutes. In addition, you are not eligible for ARD if there were passengers in the vehicle under the age of 14 at the time of the incident.
Court Conditions MUST be complete, all Cost & Fines paid in full. Costs & Fines are assessed according to BAC Level, starting at approximately $1,750.
Please Be Aware, if your Application for ARD is not received by the Court prior to your Formal Arraignment, you will NOT be considered for the Program.
If you are applying for the ARD Program you DO NOT need a Drug & Alcohol Assessment
Failure to appear for any of your scheduled Court appearances or appointments will result in your application for ARD being denied. You will then be required to attend your scheduled trial date.
Steps for Entering the ARD Program
You must appear for:
For more DUI/ARD Program Information:
There may be additional alternatives to those which are explained herein. If you have any questions, you may wish to contact an attorney to discuss all of the options available. If you cannot afford an attorney, please contact the Northampton County Public Defender's Office for assistance at (610) 559-3040.