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Montco ARD Chief: First-Timers Only

montco_courthouseThe Chief of Montgomery County’s ARD Division, Assistant District Attorney Karen Ricca, says the program is strictly for first-time offenders. “A defendant cannot have any type of record for felony or misdemeanor convictions.  It’s a non-violent first-time mistake.”

She says ARD stands for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, and it’s a pre-trial program.

“We remove these cases from the court docket to free the court up to try the more serious felony cases and violent crimes, so that’s the accelerated part.  Rehabilitative, I used this term to a Public Defender’s client the other day when they were complaining about the amount of Community Service that they had to do in order to receive an ARD disposition and I said, ‘This is like detention.’”

Ricca says people who get ARD have to do a couple of Saturdays of Community Service, and that’s the rehabilitation part.  The disposition is that people get probation instead of jail time for their offenses, typically DUI or thefts of items valued at less than $5,000.  Non-violent first-time offenders pay fines and costs, do community service and spend a year on probation.  After that, she says, they can walk away with a clean record and answer questions truthfully on an application for a job or college.

“If the question is, ‘Have you ever been convicted?’ and you have received an ARD disposition, the answer to the question honestly is ‘no’ because ARD is not a conviction.  ARD is a pre-trial disposition.  You’re not admitting guilt.  Then again you’re not maintaining your innocence.  What you’re saying as a defendant is that I’ve reviewed the evidence the government has against me and they’ve offered me a first-time offender’s probation.  I will take that.”

If the question is “Have you ever been arrested?” Ricca says the answer is “yes,” and it should be followed with an explanation that you got an ARD disposition.  She appeared Wednesday on the WNPV talk program Legally Speaking.
WNPV AM 1440 Saturday morning was a beautiful time for WNPV's Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway at Cardinal Camera in Quakertown! We gave away over $4,000 in prizes including three Grand Prizes of family 4-packs of tickets to Knoebel's Amusement Park in Elysburg. Saturday's Grand Prize winners were: Philip Schanz of Lansdale, Elaine Waters of Horsham, and Gloria Woodland of Lansdale. Maybe you'll win the Grand Prize at our next one!
WNPV AM 1440 Did you miss this week's "Regarding Your Money" show with George Toth? If so, you MUST tune in to "Chestnut Investment Attitudes" on Saturday at 9:10 AM! George has a very special guest, Michael Morsch, and they discuss the music of the 1970s! A very different show than usual ... so be sure to check it out at 1440 AM!
WNPV AM 1440 Make your plans today to attend WNPV's next Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11 AM, at Cardinal Camera, on northbound Route 309 at the Route 313/663 intersection, in Quakertown! We are giving away almost $4,000 in prizes including Grand Prizes of family 4-packs of tickets to Knoebel's Amusement Park! We're getting down to the end of our run so take advantage of this opportunity to win your share! Plus, you'll get to meet Barry Papiernik, host of "The BuxMont Business Journal" heard Mondays on WNPV-1440 AM.
WNPV AM 1440 Did you win tickets to see ZZ Top at Musikfest in Bethlehem at one of WNPV's Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaways? If so, you must call me ASAP. ZZ Top has cancelled their concert and Musikfest is making other tickets available as replacements but I must make the arrangements immediately before the other concerts are sold out. Call me (Linda) at 215-855-8211 and give me the seat numbers of your tickets. We will talk about the available options when you call.
WNPV AM 1440 Tomorrow is the third Saturday of July and that means that you should tune to 1440 AM at 11 AM for Mike Bruckner and "Premium Coverage!" This week he has a special guest ... Lawrence Merkel who was a Lt. Colonel with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
WNPV AM 1440 Be sure to tune in to 1440 AM tomorrow (Saturday) at 8 AM for "Real Simple Retirement," a new program featuring Mark Kemp and Todd Little of Kemp-Harvest Financial in Harleysville.

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