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June 24, 2010

PA ARD Program: A Better Option Than a DUI Conviction on Your Record

Most people who come to me facing DUI charges are good people who have experienced a lapse of judgment. People that did not think their one extra drink at the baseball game or their friends Bar-B-Que would result in their arrest and them facing DUI charges. For those people the Pennsylvania Legislature allows an alternative to being convicted and sentenced in for of the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program or ARD.

The ARD program allows first time offenders to serve probation, community service and fines which, if successfully completed results in the dismissal of the charges against them. Obviously this is an enormous benefit to clients who are concerned about keeping their jobs or looking for a job in the future.

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June 4, 2010

Alternatives to Pennsylvania DUI related License Suspension

The biggest concern for my clients facing a DUI charge is when and for how long will they lose their license. Unfortunately the license suspension is a civil penalty dictated by Penn-Dot therefore it cannot be negotiated as part of the sentence. The length of a DUI related suspension is determined by which tier the offenders BAC falls into. However, as a former DUI Prosecutor I know there are ways to minimize my clients' suspensions.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation allows first time offenders who receive a one-year license suspension the ability to apply for an Occupational Limited License (OLL). This allows offenders to retain their ability to commute to and from work after serving a minimum 60-day suspension.

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