ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition)

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Depending on the facts of your case we may be able to have the charges dismissed against you by trial or negotiated withdrawal or resolve your matter in a non‑trial disposition through the accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) program. This is also known as ‘probation without verdict.’ You receive a probationary sentence along with a limited license suspension and thereafter protect your criminal record from conviction. Once you complete the ARD program all records of your arrest can be expunged except the DUI charge will remain with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for a period of ten years per the legislature. You should be apprised of your rights at the earliest possible date so that you can plan appropriately.

Each County has a different set of rules dealing with the ARD process. I have practiced in all five counties in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania and successfully represented individuals seeking admittance into the ARD program in all five counties.


An expungement is basically an erasure of your arrest. Fingerprints, photos, and all other records are removed from public purview. Typically, a petition must be filed with the court identifying those records to be expunged. The entire process usually takes approximately 8 weeks to complete, depending on the complexity of the expungement.

Not all persons qualify. Anyone completing the ARD Program may expunge their criminal records immediately after completion of their probationary period. Also, if you are found not guilty or charges are dismissed, you may be eligible for expungement of those criminal charges.

However, no records of a conviction may be expunged and they may also affect your ability to expunge other criminal records. The State Police will keep records of any expunged record in a ‘lock box’. The public has no access to this information but the government can access this information on request to the State Police.

To learn more about asserting your legal rights, please call the Law Offices of Steven F. O’Meara at (610) 565‑9200 or email now.