If you've been charged with a DUI or criminal offense, you're probably wanting to stay out of jail, avoid having a criminal record, and to minimize financial and other consequences.

Can You Avoid a Conviction Altogether?

Our DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyers may be able to help you avoid a conviction by:

  1. Persuading the police and prosecution not to file charges in the first place;
  2. Persuading the police and prosecution to withdraw all charges;
  3. Persuading a magisterial judge at a preliminary hearing to dismiss all charges;
  4. Getting evidence suppressed (thrown out) leading to the dismissal of charges;
  5. Obtaining a "not guilty" verdict at trial; or
  6. Getting you admitted into the ARD Program.

What is the ARD Program?

Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition or ARD for short is a fantastic program that Attorney Travis may be able to gain your entry into, for a DUI or other non-violent criminal offense. It is generally a one-time opportunity which means if you have had a prior ARD admittance, you likely will not be eligible to gain entry into the program on new DUI or criminal charges. One important exception is if ten (10) or more years have passed since your last ARD admittance, Attorney Travis may be able to get you into the ARD program again.

ARD is a non-conviction disposition.

Attorney Travis tells our clients that he will do all of the talking during court hearings. Our clients never plead guilty. In DUI cases, ARD typically includes probation for twelve (12) months or less, completion of DUI Safe Training classes, court costs and a short drivers license suspension. We also regularly win entry into ARD for our clients in Boating Under the Influence (BUI) cases. In these cases, your driver’s license is not suspended. A suspension of watercraft operation privileges is imposed instead.

Once you complete the ARD program, you earn full expungement of your record in relation to that case.

The notation of criminal arrest and fingerprint records, and all photograhs are “wiped clean” from your record. This can be a career-saver for many people including young students in college, nurses, teachers, medical doctors, licensed professionals, people who need a clean record for government clearances, and the like. Each county in Pennsylvania has different rules that apply to the ARD program. Attorney Travis regularly wins entry into ARD for our clients in the counties of Erie, Crawford, Warren, McKean, Forrest and Venango. Admission into the ARD program is completely at the discretion of the District Attorney (prosecutor), so it is critical that you hire Attorney Grant C. Travis to represent you in your case.

Can the ARD Program be Used for Criminal Charges?

Attorney Grant C. Travis may be able to gain your admittance into the ARD program in connection with criminal charges such as drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft offenses, simple assault, and other criminal charges. Again, each county has different rules. If you have pending criminal charges in Erie, Crawford, Warren, McKean, Forrest, or Venango County; call The Travis Law Firm today and schedule a confidential consultation.

Most non-DUI cases that are admitted into the ARD program will include a period of probation, court costs, restitution (if applicable) and potentially community service hours to complete. As long as a person successfully completed the ARD program requirements, their entire criminal record in relation to the case will be completely expunged! Admission into the ARD program is completely at the discretion of the District Attorney (prosecutor), so it is critical that you hire Attorney Grant C. Travis to represent you in your case.

Contact Our DUI Defense Lawyers

Avoid jail time, a criminal record, fines and other consequences of a DUI conviction. See if your DUI Case is eligible for admission into Pennsylvania's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program.