ARD COSTS IN DELAWARE COUNTY

ARD COSTS IN DELAWARE COUNTY

A more in depth display about how costly DUI ARD can be in Delaware County – by Michael A. Burns, Esq. (Burns Law LLC) for www.delcoduiblog.com

We have all seen the signs on the highway:

 

 

But what does an actual DUI ARD in Delaware County cost in real dollars?

If you are a first time offender and eligible for the ARD program, you may feel like you caught a break.  But you may be breaking the bank in the end. 

Here is how ARD breaks down in Delaware County:

  • ARD Admission Fee                                                    $ 205.00
  • District Attorney Fee                                                    $   25.00
  • Clerk of Courts Fee                                                     $ 227.00
  • Sheriff Fee                                                                   $   40.00
  • County Court Costs                                                     $   30.60
  • Community Service Fee                                              $   40.00
  • DUI Administrative Costs                                             $ 130.00
  • Booking Center Fee                                                     $ 300.00
  • Automation Fee                                                            $     5.00

TOTAL                                                                                   $1,003.60

And now let’s add in the State Fines:

  • Act 204 State District Justice Fine                               $   11.00
  • Act 167 Additional District Justice Fine                        $     9.40
  • Act 139 Crime Victims Compensation Fund                $   35.00
  • Act 111 Victim Witness Service Fund                          $   25.00
  • Act 35 ARD Fine                                                           $   25.00
  • Act 274 CAT Fund                                                        $   50.00
  • Act 158 PO Firearms Training                                     $     5.00
  • Act 198 Substance Abuse Education                          $  100.00
  • JCP Fee                                                                       $    23.50
  • Costs of Prosecution – CJEA                                       $    50.00
  • ARD Supervision Fee ($25.00 per month for the length of probation)
  • Restitution (if applicable)

TOTAL                                                                                    $ 333.90

So what does an ARD in Delaware County actually cost?  You are looking at approximately $1350.00 in fines, fees and costs with a likely additional $400.00 supervision fee and any restitution costs that apply.  Not to mention you still have to pay your lawyer to enter you into the program and represent you in court. 

DUI YOU CAN’T AFFORD IT…..and even if you could, wouldn’t you rather put your money somewhere else…

Michael A. Burns, Esq. is a partner at Burns Law LLC and a regular author and contributor to delcoduiblog.com

WHAT IS A CRN?

WHAT IS A CRN?

Information about CRN Evaluations in Delaware County – by Michael A. Burns, Esq. (Burns Law LLC) for www.delcoduiblog.com

CRN is an acronym that stands for Court Reporting Network.   This network is the institute that has been authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to perform evaluations for drug and alcohol abuse by Pennsylvania DUI offenders.   Initially, the individual being evaluated needs to complete a questionnaire and then answer questions during an interview from a counselor certified by the State. 

The evaluation focuses on your personal data and drinking/drug use habits. In Delaware County, the evaluation is designed to determine if you are telling the truth about your drug/alcohol use through the use of non-obvious questioning in addition to determining if you are a “problem drinker” or drug user. The assessment also uses information such as BAC at the time of arrest, prior criminal history, and prior traffic offenses, as well as out of state DUI arrests or convictions.  Based upon the information obtained, the counselor makes a determination on the type and amount of treatment needed for the individual.

If you are arrested for a DUI in Delaware County, you will need to complete a CRN evaluation. You will need to call 610.891.4571 to set up an appointment, and participate in the evaluation. Regardless of your circumstances, a CRN is necessary whether you are applying for ARD or entering a plea.  When you complete a CRN, a copy should be provided to you, which you should forward to your attorney. You should get a copy of the CRN to your attorney.

If you were arrested for a DUI in Delaware County, and wish to speak with a local Delaware County DUI Lawyer, contact Burns Law LLC by email at legal@burnslaw.org or by phone at 610.586.1828 for a free consultation.  A DUI lawyer can review your case to see if you are eligible for ARD and help guide you through the process of your case.

- Michael A. Burns, Esq. is a partner at Burns Law LLC and a regular author and contributor to delcoduiblog.com

ARD IN DELAWARE COUNTY (PART III OF III)

ARD IN DELAWARE COUNTY (PART III OF III)

How ARD works in Delaware County DUI cases PART 3 of 3: ARD requirements in Delco – by Michael A. Burns, Esq. (Burns Law LLC) for www.delcoduiblog.com

If you’re accepted for ARD in a Delaware County for a DUI case, you will have to complete certain requirements to successfully complete the process.  There are three main requirements to qualify for an ARD in Delco: 

  1. You must not have been convicted of a DUI or placed on the ARD program for a DUI within the past 10 years from the date of the current offense.
  2. You must not have been involved in an accident causing death or serious bodily injury to another surrounding the circumstances of your DUI.
  3. There must not have been a passenger under 14 years of age in the vehicle that you were operating.

There are also three main requirements to complete an ARD in Delco:

  1. As required across the Commonwealth, you will need a CRN evaluation.
  2. As required in many counties, you will need to complete safe driving classes.
  3. As required in Delco, you will need to complete Community Service hours.

You will also be required to pay restitution if necessary and all court fines and fees.  On average the cost of ARD in Delaware County is approximately $1,350.00 not including attorney fees and supervision.  Supervision is mandated by state law at a cost of $25.00 per month and cannot exceed twenty four months.   

Depending on the circumstances of your case, mainly your BAC level, you may be subject to license suspension in Pennsylvania for 30 to 90 days. If you have an out of state license, such as New Jersey or Delaware, other conditions may apply. 

If you complete all of the requirements for ARD, your Delaware County DUI charge will be dismissed and you won’t have a criminal record from your driving under the influence arrest. You may then also be able to expunge the DUI arrest from your record. If you fail to meet the requirements after being accepted into the ARD program, the charges against you will be reinstated and you’ll be prosecuted for driving under the influence. 

If you were arrested for a DUI in Delaware County, and wish to speak with a local Delaware County DUI lawyer, contact Burns Law LLC by email at legal@burnslaw.org or by phone at 610.586.1828 for a free consultation.  A DUI lawyer can review your case to see if you are eligible for ARD and help guide you through the process of your case.

- Michael A. Burns, Esq. is a partner at Burns Law LLC and a regular author and contributor to delcoduiblog.com

ARD IN DELAWARE COUNTY (PART II OF III)

ARD IN DELAWARE COUNTY (PART II OF III)

How ARD works in Delaware County DUI cases PART 2 of 3: Applying for ARD in Delco – by Michael A. Burns, Esq. (Burns Law LLC) for www.delcoduiblog.com 

In Delaware County applying for ARD is a different process than Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks and Chester Counties.  In Delco, the prosecutor will make every effort to have your ARD intent disclosed at the preliminary hearing and persuade you to waive your right to the hearing.  Often, this is an acceptable measure, but not in every instance. 

If you agree to apply for ARD, you proceed into what is called “a non-trial disposition”.  This means that you are attempting to “dispose” of your case without proceeding to trial.  At the preliminary hearing, an experienced DUI attorney will have you complete an application for DUI and sign a waiver of arraignment form.  The application asks general information questions and specific criminal record questions to preliminarily determine whether you are eligible for the program. 

Your attorney will then submit your completed questionnaire and waiver of arraignment form along with a Rule 600 waiver form into the court administrator’s office in Media for review.  To be considered for ARD in Delaware County, all defendants must agree to give up their Pennsylvania rights to a speedy trial under Rule 600 and accept a delay in their pre-trial conference date, which is moved from sixty (60) days after the preliminary hearing to one hundred eighty (180) days. 

If you were arrested for a DUI in Delaware County, and wish to speak with a local Delaware County DUI Lawyer, contact Burns Law LLC by email at legal@burnslaw.org or by phone at 610.586.1828 for a free consultation.  A DUI lawyer can review your case to see if you are eligible for ARD and help guide you through the process of your case.

Michael A. Burns, Esq. is a partner at Burns Law LLC and a regular author and contributor to delcoduiblog.com

ARD IN DELAWARE COUNTY (PART I OF III)

ARD IN DELAWARE COUNTY (PART I OF III)

How ARD works in Delaware County DUI cases PART 1 of 3: Who is Eligible for ARD in DELCO – by Michael A. Burns, Esq. (Burns Law LLC) for www.delcoduiblog.com

ARD is a statutory provision found in 234 PA Rule 316. Under the “Conditions of the Program” the statute reads:

  1. The conditions of the program may be such as may be imposed with respect to probation after conviction of a crime, including restitution, except that a fine may not be imposed. In addition, the conditions of the program may include the imposition of costs, the imposition of a reasonable charge relating to the expense of administering the program, and such other conditions as may be agreed to by the parties.
  2. The period of such program for any defendant shall not exceed two years.

Thus, the law is pretty vague on what specific guidelines are offered in an ARD.  The result is that each county in Pennsylvania offers different provisions and determinations for its ARD program. In Delaware County, it is the complete discretion of the District Attorney’s Office as to whether you can be granted ARD.  However, your attorney can affect many aspects of this consideration throughout the process with careful negotiations and effective stategy. 

In Delaware County, you will only be eligible to apply for ARD in a DUI situation under the following conditions:

  1. You have never had a previous ARD in a non-DUI case
  2. You have not received ARD in a DUI case in the past ten (10) years

ARD applications in Delaware County are generally filled out at the preliminary hearing.  However, a petition for ARD can also be made after at the pre-trial conference.  This is an important strategy to impose depending on your specific case and situation.  Thus, the application process should be left to an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. 

If you were arrested for a DUI in Delaware County, and wish to speak with a local Delaware County DUI lawyer, contact Burns Law LLC by email at legal@burnslaw.org or by phone at 610.586.1828 for a free consultation.  A DUI lawyer can review your case to see if you are eligible for ARD and help guide you through the process of your case.

 -  Michael A. Burns, Esq. is a partner at Burns Law LLC and a regular author and contributor to delcoduiblog.com

WHAT IS ARD?

WHAT IS ARD?

Some basic information for first time Delaware County DUI offenders who may not know about ARD – by Michael A. Burns, Esq. (Burns Law LLC) for www.delcoduiblog.com

ARD is an acronym that stands for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition.  Specifically, ARD is a program that stresses counseling and treatment rather than imprisonment.

The “Accelerated” portion of the program generally means that the process for ARD will move through the courts more quickly than a normal trial process.  The “Rehabilitative” nature of the program takes into consideration that the alleged offense, or what you were charged with, is the first time you have faced an incident in the court system as an adult.  Thus, it allows for managing the behavior of the individual and educating them with important lessons and information to prevent the same behavior from reoccurring.  So ultimately and quite simply, the program seeks to treat and rehabilitate rather than punish.  The “Disposition” nature of the program means that after the individual completes all of the program requirements, the case will be disposed and all charges for the alleged case will be dismissed. 

ARD is generally available in many criminal cases, mainly with charges that are graded as summaries and misdemeanors, and not felonies.  However, ARD is a popular alternative in many DUI cases. It is a sensible alternative to prosecution for first time DUI offenders. Though the program requires additional costs and time, the major benefit to the ARD program is the charges are ultimately dismissed and eligible for expungement.

If you were arrested for a DUI in Delaware County, and wish to speak with a local Delaware County DUI lawyer, contact Burns Law LLC by email at legal@burnslaw.org or by phone at 610.586.1828 for a free consultation.  A DUI lawyer can review your case to see if you are eligible for ARD and help guide you through the process of your case.

-  Michael A. Burns, Esq. is a partner at Burns Law LLC and a regular author and contributor to delcoduiblog.com

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