The Pennsylvania Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (“ARD”) is a pre-trial diversionary program offered to first time offenders under certain conditions. While you may be able to avoid or get a reduction in your license suspension, there are some long term consequences for you to take into consideration.
The one thing to keep in mind is that after completion of the ARD program, you will still have a DUI on your driving record. While your criminal record can be expunged after one year, your PennDOT record cannot be expunged for at least 10 years. This means that when Uber, Lyft, Postmates, or any of the many rideshare services perform a background check, your DUI will come up and will be grounds for disqualification.
Amidst complaints about safety and security, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced that Uber would be checking public records for drivers with new and pending DUI charges.
If you are one of the many drivers who make a living from Uber or even use it to supplement your income, the only way to maintain your qualification is to fight and get cleared of these charges.
At The McShane Firm we take the time to understand your personal situation and how a DUI can affect your life. We then work with you towards obtaining the best outcome for your case to protect your rights and your future. Please call 1-866-MCSHANE for a free, detailed case consultation.