What Is Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition?

A criminal record can haunt you for years, tainting your reputation and limiting your opportunities. Thankfully, options exist for preventing or erasing a criminal record in Pennsylvania.

The first option, called the accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) program, can make it possible to avoid a conviction or guilty plea on your record. The second option, called expungement or record sealing, can effectively clear a past conviction or arrest from your record.

Decker Bradburn, Attorneys at Law, is a respected criminal defense law firm in State College. We are here to help you take advantage of all possibilities for clearing your name and protecting your reputation after running into trouble with criminal charges.

Here are a few common questions about the processes and procedures in Pennsylvania:

  • Am I eligible for ARD?
    Eligibility depends on the particular facts of the case and the district attorney's discretion. However, if you were charged with a misdemeanor such as DUI, shoplifting or possession of drug paraphernalia at Penn State, you will likely be eligible for ARD.
  • Will an expungement erase all traces of my conviction?
    An expungement will make it possible for you to legally say that you have never been arrested or convicted of a crime. If a potential employer or another party runs a background check on you, your record will come up clean. However, an expungement will not destroy any newspaper stories about the incident or other private records.
  • Why should I hire a lawyer?
    ARD applications come with numerous procedural requirements, and these requirements differ from county to county. Without someone on your side who understands the details, your application may easily be denied. The same applies to expungements. Each county has its own particular procedures, so retaining a professional is a wise choice. Our attorneys are familiar with the unique requirements in Centre County and the neighboring areas.

Learn More About ARD In A Free Consultation

Discover if an ARD disposition or an expungement is possible for you. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our lawyers today by calling Decker Bradburn at 814-470-8023. You can also contact us online 24/7. We respond promptly to all messages.