Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)
Definition - What does Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) mean?
Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition is a program that is designed as an alternative sentencing for first-time non-violent offenders.
This program often requires the convicted person to take courses that are designed to help them to prevent from instigating any occurrence of a crime in the future. For example, anger management courses or substance abuse courses could be required.
Justipedia explains Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD)
Often, if a convicted person successfully completes ARD, they will then have their charges completely dropped. This can lead to a complete expungement of the charges on their criminal record.
This program often has a probation period of two years. However, if an additional charge is picked up during the two-year period, then it may lead to harsher punishments such as an extended prison sentence. In that case, the original charges are also unlikely to be dropped.