In 2011, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office made several changes to the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program (ARD). This is a program for first-time offenders who have not committed a crime of violence. The program allows offenders to avoid jail and to erase their criminal records. People charged with a first Driving Under the Influence offense have a chance of getting this program. It is important that people understand the new rules and regulations with regard to ARD. These policies are not written and must be known by the attorney practicing in Bucks County. Ultimately, the District Attorney’s Office decides whether a person gets ARD. Some of the policies with regard to ARD have actually been loosened. Other policies have become more restrictive. Knowledge of the DA’ s ARD policies and practices is critical in representing first-time offenders.
Colin Jenei, who previously served as the Chief of the Homicide by Vehicle Unit of the Bucks County District Attorneys' Office has almost 30 years experience representing clients facing DUI charges. Contact Colin at email@example.com to request a consultation.