I got a charge of possession small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia. I had ARD for the same charge 12 years ago.
You generally can't get ARD more than twice.
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If you are not ARD eligible (which it looks like you are ineligible) and seek to plead guilty after reviewing the evidence with an experienced attorney, your drivers license privileges will be suspended for 6 months.
It is rare to get ARD more than once, but it does occasionally happen. You should hire a lawyer. There are a lot of possible ways to resolve charges like these without a criminal record. For example, you could be eligible for a program called Section 17 which allows for expungement of the charges after a short period of probation, or you may have viable defenses to these charges.
I would discuss this with a Dauphin County attorney. ARD a second time, or receiving PWV (probation without verdict) on this new drug offense are possibilities. The former is more of a stretch. The latter depends on your county. In Allegheny County, the DA will not offer a PWV when there is a prior ARD . However, they will offer ARD on a DUI when there is a prior PWV. However, that is always subject to change.
This would count as a second offense pursuant to the District Attorney's Office. There are alternatives available to you, you should consult a lawyer.
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