Office of the District Attorney of Schuylkill County


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Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)

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:


DUI OFFENSES:

As per Title 75 Pa.C.S.A. Section 3807:

  1. The defendant has been found guilty of or accepted ARD of a charge brought under section 3802 within ten years of the date of the current offense, unless the charge was for an ungraded misdemeanor under section 3802 (a)(2) and was the defendant’s first offense under section 3802.
  2. An accident occurred in connection with the events surrounding the current offense and an individual other than the defendant was killed or suffered serious bodily injury as a result of the accident.
  3. There was a passenger under 14 years of age in the motor vehicle the defendant was operating.


NON-DUI OFFENSES:

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. **


DUI ARD APPLICATION


NON-DUI ARD APPLICATION


* 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.