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Title 255—LOCAL
COURT RULES

DELAWARE COUNTY

Local Criminal Rules; Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition—Conditions of the Program; CP-23-MD 525-14

[44 Pa.B. 1868]
[Saturday, March 29, 2014]

And Now, this 4th day of March, 2014, it is hereby Ordered and Decreed that the existing Delaware County Local Criminal Rule 175(a) is rescinded and shall be renumbered as Delaware County Local Criminal Rule 316(c) Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition—Conditions of the Program in accordance with the language set forth as follows. Said Rule shall go into effect thirty (30) days after Publication in the Pennsylvania Law Bulletin.

Delaware County Local Rule 316(c). Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition—Conditions of the Program.

 (c) All candidates must complete the fingerprinting process within thirty (30) days after his/her case is held for the Court of Common Pleas. Failure to complete the fingerprinting process within this time period will render the applicant ineligible for participation in the program. At the arraignment of a case for which an application for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program has been filed, the case shall be assigned to a judge and scheduled for a 180-day pre-trial conference date, provided that, (1) defendant has been represented by counsel and (2) defendant, through counsel, has executed a waiver of Rule 600, the Speedy Trial Rule, for said 180-day period. Where defendant has not been represented by counsel at arraignment, a ''return with counsel'' date shall be set for defendant.

Comment: See Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Administrative Guidelines and Program requirements published from time to time as needed by the District Attorney's Office

By the Court

CHAD F. KENNEY, 
President Judge

ACCELERATED REHABILITATIVE DISPOSITION PROGRAM ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES

Explanation of the Program:

 The primary purpose of the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program is to promptly dispose of charges and to eliminate the need for costly and time-consuming trials and other court proceedings. This program is available to certain carefully screened defendants. It is designed primarily for first-time offenders who lend themselves to treatment and rehabilitation and who are unlikely to commit another crime. The District Attorney's Office of Delaware County, upon application of a defendant, may request the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County to accept a case for placement in the Program.

 A defendant may be considered for participation in the ARD Program if the defendant has no history of prior delinquency or criminal activity or has led a law-abiding life for a substantial period of time before the commission of the present crime. Prior to the District Attorney's request for admission into the program, the police officer involved with the case will have an opportunity to offer comments on whether the defendant should be considered for the program. The victim of the crime will also have the opportunity to offer comments to the District Attorney. This opportunity will include the submission of a written victim impact statement detailing the physical, psychological and economic effects of the crime on the victim and the victim's family. The District Attorney's Office may also determine that there are other circumstances concerning the case or the defendant which disqualify the defendant from participation in the ARD Program. There is no right to participate in the ARD Program. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis and is solely within the discretion of the District Attorney.

 Acceptance into and satisfactory completion of the ARD Program offers the defendant an opportunity to earn a dismissal and potentially a purging of the offense from his/her criminal history. This procedure must be initiated by the defendant after the defendant's successful completion of the ARD Program and does not automatically occur merely upon a defendant's placement into, and successful completion of, the Program. Failure to satisfactorily complete the Program will result in removal from the Program and prosecution of the pending charges.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL ARD CANDIDATES

THE APPLICANT MUST HAVE AN ATTORNEY

 No application for admission to the ARD Program will be considered unless the defendant is represented by an attorney. This is required in order to assure that the applicant's rights are protected. If the applicant is without adequate financial resources to retain an attorney, the applicant should immediately contact the Office of the Public Defender of Delaware County at (610) 891-4100.

THE APPLICANT MUST WAIVE ARRAIGNMENT

 In order to be considered for admission into the ARD Program, the applicant and the attorney must complete the Entry of Appearance and Waiver of Arraignment Form, except for the Common Pleas Transcript Number. The Magisterial District Judge docket number and Common Pleas arraignment date are stated on the Subpoena for Arraignment form which is received from the District Court. THE ENTRY OF APPEARANCE AND WAIVER OF ARRAIGNMENT FORM, ARD RULE 600 WAIVER FORM AND THE ARD APPLICATION FORM MAY BE COMPLETED AND DOWNLOADED FROM THE DELAWARE COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS WEB SITE OR PROVIDED TO YOU BY THE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE.

THE APPLICANT MUST BE FINGERPRINTED

 The name of the fingerprinting agency and the date the applicant was fingerprinted must be stated on the Entry of Appearance and Waiver of Arraignment Form. If the applicant has not been fingerprinted, s/he must be fingerprinted by the arresting agency. The applicant must take a copy of the Criminal Complaint in order to be fingerprinted.

CONDITIONS OF THE PROGRAM

 The length of participation in the Program may not exceed two years. Failure to comply with any requirement imposed shall result in immediate removal from the Program and the case shall proceed to trial. An important part of the ARD Program is the requirement that a defendant perform community service. The number of hours of community service will be determined by the District Attorney's Office. Additional conditions may be imposed before acceptance into the Program, including but not limited to, restitution. You must pay all restitution deemed appropriate to your case by the District Attorney's Office or you will be removed from the Program.

COSTS FOR ALL ARD CANDIDATES

 The defendant must be prepared to pay the costs of the Program on the day of the ARD hearing unless there has been an agreement to the contrary with the District Attorney's Office prior to the hearing date.

 The costs of the program alone are APPROXIMATELY $1200.00 for Non-DUI cases and APPROXIMATELY $1400.00 for DUI cases. In addition, state law mandates payment of a monthly probation supervisory fee. This charge must be paid over the period of supervision, however, it may be paid in full on the day of the ARD hearing. By Order of Court, payment must be by cash, money order, Mastercard, Visa or MAC.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL ARD APPLICANTS:

 —WAIVE FORMAL ARRAIGNMENT

 14 DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED ARRAIGNMENT THE APPLICANT MUST SUBMIT:

 (1) Attorney's Entry of Appearance and Waiver of Arraignment Form

 (2) ARD Rule 600 Waiver Form

 (3) ARD Application

 TO: DELAWARE COUNTY COURT ADMINISTRA-
 TOR
COURT HOUSE, MEDIA, PA 19063
 (610) 891-4550

 —ACCEPT A DELAYED PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE DATE THAT WILL BE APPROXIMATELY SIX (6) MONTHS AFTER THE FORMAL ARRAIGNMENT DATE

 —WAIVE RULE 600 AND SPEEDY TRIAL RIGHTS FROM THE DATE OF FORMAL ARRAIGNMENT THROUGH THE PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE DATE

MINIMUM DISPOSITIONS FOR DUI APPLICANTS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

 TIER I: BAC 0.08%—0.99%: 12 months probation, 16 hours Community Service work, no license suspension

 TIER II: BAC 0.10%—0.159%: 12 months probation, 32 hours Community Service work, 30-day license suspension

 TIER III: BAC OVER 0.16%,: drugs, accident with bodily injury or refusal: 12 months probation, 64 hours Community Service work, 60-day license suspension

 MINOR (UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE AT THE TIME OF THE OFFENSE): 12 months probation, Tier-appropriate community service hours, 90 days license suspension

 THE FOLLOWING REDUCTION IN COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS MAY BE AVAILABLE ONLY FOR DUI CASES COMMITED ON OR AFTER FEBRUARY 1, 2004 IF ALL ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE WAIVER OF THE PRELIMINARY HEARING:

 TIER I: Possible reduction from sixteen (16) hours to eight (8) hours

 TIER II or Minor: Possible reduction from thirty-two (32) hours to sixteen (16) hours

 TIER III: Possible reduction from sixty-four (64) hours to thirty-two (32) hours

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR REDUCTION IN COMMUNITY SERVICE:

 A. Waive Preliminary Hearing; AND

 B. Undergo CRN Evaluation [schedule by calling (610) 891-4571]; AND

 C. Complete the required community service hours [schedule by calling (610) 891-5317]; AND

 D. Complete Alcohol Safe Driving Classes [schedule by calling (610) 237-8630]; AND

 E. Schedule a Drug and Alcohol Evaluation, if required [schedule by calling (610) 891-4571.

 John J. Whelan
District Attorney
Delaware County

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 14-631. Filed for public inspection March 28, 2014, 9:00 a.m.]



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