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Driving under the Influence (DUI) is considered a serious crime in Pennsylvania.  In 2004 the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a new DUI law under Title 75 § 3802.  This law increased the penalties in many cases for DUI.  A conviction can lead to a mandatory jail sentence, driver’s license loss, and mandatory fines.  The consequences of a conviction can also reach beyond the criminal sanctions and cause serious problems for employment.

For repeat offenders, the risks are even higher.  The mandatory prison sentences that the prosecution can seek can include one year incarceration in a state prison and years spent on parole. 

The police and prosecutors in DUI cases are well trained and motivated.  If you are charged with DUI, it is imperative to have an attorney who can protect your rights and fight for you. At The Cody Law Firm our attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience in representing individuals charged with DUI.  We have had a great deal of success in negotiating these cases to achieve favorable resolutions for our clients.  We also have the trial experience and know-how to aggressively fight DUI charges in Court.  If you have been charged with DUI, please call us.  The stakes are too high to not have excellent legal representation.

A.R.D.
A.R.D (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) is a program designed as an alternative to trial, conviction and possible mandatory jail sentence for Driving under the Influence.  Upon completion of the program, charges are dismissed and the record of arrest may be expunged (erased). 

The benefits of A.R.D. include:

The A.R.D. program is operated by the Office of the District Attorney.  While Pennsylvania law sets some statutory guidelines for who is and is not eligible for A.R.D., the District Attorney can supplement those guidelines with addition criteria.  The District Attorney may reject a person from the A.R.D. program if they fail to meet local requirements.  In effect, a person who may be eligible for DUI/ARD in York or Berks County may not be eligible for DUI/ARD in Lancaster County or vice versa.  For this reason, it is important to fully understand the local ARD requirements.  Additionally, in Lancaster County the District Attorney does make exceptions to local rules in extraordinary circumstances. Again, it is important to be familiar with these rules and whether an exception may be granted. 

At The Cody Law Firm our attorneys have guided thousands of clients through the A.R.D. process.  In many cases, we have been successful at achieving acceptance into A.R.D. for clients who were initially rejected.  Our familiarity with local rules and A.R.D. procedures allows us to provide superior representation for clients seeking to enter into the A.R.D. program.  If you have been charged with DUI and would like to participate in the A.R.D. program, it is very important that you contact us immediately.  The District Attorney imposes strict time limits for the filing of an A.R.D. application and completion of the program requirements.  Failure to meet these guidelines can cause an otherwise eligible applicant to be rejected.

 


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