Should I Go into the ARD Program? What does it Involve?

Not always. First of all, what is ARD? It is an abbreviation for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition and it usually involves a probation-type supervision and some sort of classes to improve your future behavior. The good news about ARD is, if you complete the program successfully, you are not "convicted" of the underlying crime and your record will show a dismissal of the charges, although the charges will remain unless you get your record expunged.

Keep in mind that, depending on your situation, the punishment under ARD may be worse than the actual crime, if you are convicted. Plus, you only get to use ARD once every ten years, approximately. Hence, you do not want to waste the "ARD card" if you have other charges pending that may be more serious. Give us a call and we will evaluate whether ARD is right for you.

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