Most people in pennsylvania say the PA ARD program is a trap. Before you agree to the ARD program, find some individuals that have taken the ARD program and you will not find one person who is not extremely sorry they got intimidated into it. The stories of out of pocket costs on the ARD with lawyers fees, cost of program, and usually classes of some sort range anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 dollars. The program lasts for a two year period, however you can be deemed to have violated the program on the 23rd month. Would you give someone the chance to sting you twice? The stories vary, when on the ARD you are basically on an extremely intrusive probation which involves many things such as community service and other costly (both money and time) issues. Talk to people and hear the horror stories! They will tell you! I would never take the PA ARD Program because for me it sounds to much like slavery, involuntary servitude without conviction. I guess that's why you have to apply for it otherwise it probably is.
If you were drinking and driving, shame on you, that can be behavior that kills. It is all the other issues that the state tries to apply the ard program to that causes you to believe that it is a financial game.
View the PA Code on the ARD, read carefully Start with Rule 310
View PA DUI Brochure
Sample PA ARD application!
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