ARD is for first time offenders and if you successfully complet the program with your facts would have a 2 month suspension, no jail time and would have no record after everything is done. If you chose not go go onto ARD you would be facing 72 hours- 6 months in jail, a $1000-$5000 fine, a 12 month license suspension and a permanent record.
I strongly recommend that you talk with an attorney about all your options and possible defenses. Every county in Pennsylvania handles ARD differently so you want to make sure that you talk with an attorney from this county. Good Luck.
ARD is a first time offenders program and is not a conviction. Upon completion of the program, the charges are dismissed and you will be able to have the case expunged. It J's suggested that you retain a criminal defense attorney to explore a your options and make sure that you receive the best possible resurion. Good luck.
If you have applied for, are accepted into, and successfully complete ARD, you do not have to worry about minimum and maximum penalties for the offenses you are charged with. In addition, if you complete the program successfully, you will be eligible to have all criminal records of the charges filed against you erased. Because your DUI is for controlled substances, you will face a minimum license suspension period of 60 days. Other requirements of the program are set by the DA in the county where you were charged. Information may be available on the web site of the District Attorney or Court in that county. However, to get the most complete explanation about ARD program requirements, fees, costs, length of supervision, etc., you should speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer there. Good luck
Just to add to my colleagues, you would also be required to complete the Alcohol/Safe driving course (12 hours) and likely something called a victim impact panel (usually about 2 hours). Additionally, depending on the jurisdiction, you may have a community service requirement and D&A evaluation. It's best to hire a knowledgable and qualified attorney to guide you through this process. Good luck.
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