Due to its proximity to major roads, Driving Under the Influence charges are common in Bedford County. Over the years, I have learned that most people charged with a DUI are not people that are familiar with the criminal justice system. Usually, they are people that just made a mistake and want to do what they can to mitigate the damage. For first time offenders, there are a few options.
Some clients are eligible for the ARD Program. ARD stands for “Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition.” Essentially, the Bedford County District Attorney’s Office agrees to not prosecute the case and allow you to enter the program. You will undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, follow any recommended treatment, complete alcohol highway safety classes, and be on ARD probation for a period of time. Also, ARD may provide you with a license suspension less than what would be required by PennDot if you are found guilty of a DUI. If you successfully complete the ARD Program, the charges will be dismissed and you can have them expunged.
If you are not eligible for the ARD Program, then we would have an opportunity to discuss a Plea with the Bedford County District Attorney’s Office. Pleas can result in less fines, less or no jail time, or house arrest. Being able to explain the facts of the case intelligently and express your client’s character clearly can help result in a better outcome.
If a Plea is not acceptable, then the case will be listed for trial. In Beford County, the criminal process moves relatively quickly compared to many other counties. So, cases must be evaluated immediately to prepare the best defense possible.
If you have any questions about a DUI, call the DUI Defense Team at Bononi & Company, P.C., today at 724-832-2499. We give free consultations for DUIs and can speak with you in person at our Johnstown Office, Greensburg office, Latrobe office, or Pittsburgh office.