Over 10 years ago I was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and paraphrenalia. I entered a guilty plea and was granted entrance to PA's AARD program. I finished the program and was told that my record would be clean after completion of the program and after 7 years had passed. With that Misdemeanor Drug possession charge am I still able to obtain my CCW permit in PA?
DUI / DWI Attorney
I am a bit confused by your answer when you say you entered a guilty plea AND entered into the ARD program. It is a critical distinction because if you entered a guilty plea to any drug charge, you will never be eligible for a concealed carry permit in Pennsylvania. However, if you entered into ARD and successfully completed it, it should not have resulted in an actual conviction and should not be a bar to obtaining a permit. Answer the question on the application appropriately as to whether or not you were "convicted." Good luck.
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Workers' Compensation Lawyer
Also, even if you went through the ARD program, you may have to file a motion to have the record expunged, This is because the record of your arrest (not a conviction record if you went ARD) will still be in the criminal background data base, unless you get it expunged.