Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program (ARD)
Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program (ARD) is a pre-trial diversion program for individuals with limited or no prior record who are carefully screened by District Attorney's office for admission.
The ARD Program is “rehabilitative” in focus rather than punitive. Individuals charged with DUI and in the program are “fast-tracked” into the Chester County DUI Program alcohol education classes as well as treatment if it is recommended. This early intervention facilitates access to the resources aimed at protecting public safety.
Individuals may also be ordered to complete varying amounts of Community Service as a condition of the Program. Acceptance into and satisfactory completion of the ARD Program offers the individual an opportunity to earn a clean record and dismissal of the pending charges. However, should the defendant fail to successfully complete the ARD Program, the individual will be removed from the ARD Program and will be prosecuted as provided by law.