If I’m in the ARD program and received a non-traffic citation, would that violate my ARD?

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If I’m in the ARD program and received a non-traffic citation, would that violate my ARD?

I got a harassment charge.

Asked on November 16, 2013 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

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Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

ARD or Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition is unique to and is available for first time offenders or for second offenders if the first offense was more than ten years ago. The penalty for a first offense generally includes a minimum of two or three days in prison (depending on the offenders blood alcohol rate) plus fines, costs, Highway Safe Driving Classes, a Drug and Alcohol Evaluation and possible treatment and probation of 6 months or more and your driving privileges will be suspended for 12-months. ARD eliminates the prison sentence, shortens the license suspension and allows for the expungement (dismissal) of the criminal charges. The most obvious benefit of a dismissal of criminal charges is employment opportunities.

The non-traffic citation that you have wtitten about could very well violate your ARD sentence IF you were required to obey all laws of your state during the time period it was in effect. You need to carefully read the terms of the ARD agreement for the answer that you have inquired about.

You should also consult with an attorney (criminal) in your community about your situation. One can be found via attorneypages.com.


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