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Skip Navigation LinksNorthampton County Website DISTRICT ATTORNEY Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (“ARD”) Program—DUI-Related

Skip Navigation LinksARD-DUI Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (“ARD”) Program—DUI-Related

​The DUI ARD program is a pre-trial diversionary program for first time DUI offenders.
To be eligible for the program an applicant must meet certain criteria, the most important being that they have had no prior DUIs. Initial screening for acceptance into the DUI ARD program is managed by the District Attorney’s Office. The Adult Probation Office and ultimately a judge of the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas will also review the application to determine where an applicant is eligible for the DUI ARD program. 
Individuals interested in entering the DUI ARD program must waive their preliminary hearing. All DUI ARD applications must be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office by the date of formal arraignment. DUI ARD applications are available here: DUI ARD.pdf and in the District Attorney’s Office.
Individuals who are accepted into the DUI ARD program typically are placed on probation for six months and must comply with certain conditions, which are tailored to their rehabilitative needs. Examples of probationary requirements while in the DUI ARD program include random drug testing, community service hours, and repayment of restitution.  
There are a number of benefits to the DUI ARD program. The most significant benefits are that entrance into the program is not considered a conviction and that the offense is expunged from the individual’s record upon successful completion of the ARD program. 
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