The Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program offers some first time offenders the opportunity to have the charges filed against them expunged from their criminal record upon successful completion of a twelve month supervision period. After the preliminary hearing or arraignment process, a defendant or their counsel may file an application in the District Attorney’s Office for consideration. Defendant's applications that are accepted/approved for ARD will be notified of their acceptance and an ARD Court hearing date will be scheduled; notice of said hearing will be sent two weeks prior to the Court date. Failure to appear for ARD Court may result in a bench warrant being issued and denial from entering the program in the future.
ARD APPLICATIONS WILL BE NOT BE APPROVED IF THE FOLLOWING APPLY:
As per Title 75 Pa.C.S.A. Section 3807:
1. Criminal Homicide 12. Obscene and Other Sexual Materials and Performances
2. F-1 or F-2 Robbery 13. Incest
3. F-1 Burglary 14. Sexual Abuse of Children
4. Aggravated Assault 15. Unlawful Contact with a Minor
5. Rape 16. Sexual Exploitation of Children
6. Statutory Sexual Assault 17. Arson and Related Offenses
7. Sexual Assault 18. F-2 Criminal Trespass
8. Institutional Sexual Assault 19. Kidnapping
9. Indecent Assault 20. Delivery and/or Manufacture of a Controlled Substance
10. Aggravated Indecent Assault 21. Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance
11. Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse 22. A Deadly Weapon Enhancement applies along with threatening conduct
** While some exceptions apply, a Court of Common Pleas Judge will also deny the application for ARD if a victim or police are in opposition to the defendant entering the program. **
* Prior to an ARD Application being approved, the defendant MUST be fingerprinted by Schuylkill County Central Booking. An appointment can be made by calling (570) 628-3010. If applying for ARD on a DUI offense, a CRN Evaluation with a full Drug & Alcohol Evaluation MUST be completed. An appointment for these evaluations may be made by calling Schuylkill Health Counseling at
(570) 622-5898. It is also imperative for the defendant to be free and clear of all arrest warrants, regardless if they're for traffic or non-traffic dockets.
Any questions regarding the ARD Program may be directed to Kyla Snyder, ARD Coordinator, by calling (570) 628-1353.