Legal Options

The information listed below has been provided as a courtesy by:

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office

Craig Stedman, District Attorney

50 North Duke Street

Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 299-8100

The information is not meant to be legal advice, and those arrested/charged with DUI should seek legal counsel for advice concerning their options.


Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

A.R.D. (Alternative Rehabilitative Disposition) is a program designed as an alternative to trial, conviction and possible mandatory jail sentence.  Upon successful completion of the program, charges are dismissed.  Eventually, an offender’s criminal record may be expunged.

For an A.R.D. Brochure click here

Applications for A.R.D. are available at any Magisterial District Judge’s Office, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office or online at


Please mail application to the

Lancaster County Courthouse
District Attorney’s Office
50 N. Duke Street
P.O. Box 3480
Lancaster, PA 17608

(Please note: applications may not be emailed or faxed)

A.R.D. Qualifications:

    A.R.D. is available for the offenses listed below:

     75 Pa.C.S.A § 3802(a)(1)                      (incapable of safe driving)

     75 Pa.C.S.A § 3802(a)(2)                   

     75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3802(b)(1)                  

     75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3802(c)(1)                  

     75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3802(d)(1-4)              

     75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3802(e)

  A.R.D. is NOT available if:                                 

  1. An offender will not be considered for ARD if any of the following apply:

  2. The offender has been convicted of DUI or accepted into the ARD program within 10 years of the date of the current offense

  3. An accident occurred in connection with the offense where a person, other than the offender, was killed or suffered serious bodily injury

  4. There was a passenger under 14 years of age in the motor vehicle the offender was operating

  5. The offender committed the following violations of the motor vehicle code: 

  6. Driving without a license

  7. Driving during suspension

  8. Driving with no financial responsibility

  9. The offender has an extensive driving record as determined by the district attorney

  10. The offender has more than one prior DUI / ARD

  11. The offender’s blood alcohol level is 0.30% or above