Specific requirements for ARD eligibility vary from county to county. To be eligible for ARD in Bucks County, PA, as of October 2018, you must:
- Complete and submit the Bucks County A.R.D. Participation Application to the Magisterial District Judge on or before the date of your Preliminary Hearing;
- Waive your Preliminary Hearing;
- Have no other pending charges or prior convictions of any misdemeanor or felony crimes;
- Not previously been placed in ARD or an equivalent program for any felony or misdemeanor charge;
- Not be charged with any of the following: a crime of violence; an act or offense that included the possession or use of a deadly weapon; any offense under Title 18, Chapter 31 (Sexual Offenses); any offense under Title 18, Chapter 37 (Robbery); any offense under Title 18 Chapter 27 (Assault); any felony offense under 18 Pa.C.S. § 3301 (Arson and Related Offenses) and § 3302 (Causing or Risking a Catastrophe); any offense under 18 Pa. C.S. § 3502 (Burglary); any felony offense under Title 35 (The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act); leaving the scene of an Accident under 75 Pa.C.S. §3742; §3742.1; §3743; or §3744;
- Waive your rights to a speedy trial from the date of your application for ARD;
- If charged with DUI, were not involved in an accident in which someone else was injured, in which you caused serious property damage, or you left the scene of the accident; did not have a child under the age of fourteen (14) in the vehicle you were operating; had a valid license at the time of the offense; had valid insurance at the time of the offense; completed a CRN evaluation (and Drug and Alcohol Assessment, if required) prior to your court date. *Note: You cannot be placed into ARD without a completed CRN evaluation. If the CRN and/or evidence in your case indicate that you have an alcohol or drug addiction, you will only be admitted to ARD if you have taken substantial steps to address your addiction by professional intervention.
If you do not meet these criteria but you feel as though there is a reason your circumstances warrant an exception, an attorney experienced in handling Bucks County ARD cases may be able to successfully advocate for such exception on your behalf. Fairlie & Lippy, P.C. attorneys have represented many clients through the Bucks County ARD process and are very familiar with the program – we will help you do everything that can be done to increase your chances of getting approved for ARD in Bucks County.