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Benefits of ARD — Getting Your DUI Dismissed

I am Henry Hilles, and I am a Norristown and Montgomery County ARD, DUI and criminal defense attorney with more than 16 years of experience in criminal law. I have stood on both sides of the criminal law fence, serving as a prosecutor in the 1990s and as a defense attorney since 1999.

ARD Benefits — A One Fresh-Start Pass

ARD is a pretrial intervention program that is designed to divert first-time offenders from the criminal justice process. Generally, first-time offenders are eligible for the program. If you have been arrested for drunk driving with a child under 14, you are not eligible for the ARD program. ARD is basically a one-time chance to keep your criminal record clean. Other benefits include:

  • No jail time — While most DUI first time offenders must spend time in jail, ARD participants avoid it altogether.
  • Minimal license suspension — Under Pennsylvania law, license suspension in the ARD program ranges from zero to 12 months. Although some license suspension is sometimes unavoidable, ARD sometimes results in a license suspension of just one month.
  • Possible record expungement. Following the fulfillment of ARD requirements, it's often possible to have your record cleared. This does not happen automatically, and you will still have a criminal record. However, no one will have access to your records or to the fact that you were arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Contact Me

Call my Montgomery County and Norristown, Pennsylvania, law office to discuss your case and learn how an experienced DUI license suspension reduction attorney can help you:  610-270-8800 . If you prefer, you can send a secure and confidential e-mail.