IDP and ARD
What is IDP?
In New Jersey, in addition to fines, a loss of driving privileges, and possible use of an Ignition Interlock device, a person convicted of a DUI is required to attend the Intoxicated Driving Program (IDP) at an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC).
The Intoxicated Driving Program (IDP) is a series of classes intended to evaluate and educate any driver who is at risk of drug addiction and alcoholism.
The amount of time required for IDP varies based on the DUI/DWI offense:
1st offense: required minimum 12-hour session, possible referral for additional treatment
2nd offense: required 48-hour session, possible referral for additional treatment
3rd offense: mandated 12 to 48-hour IDP detainment where you are assessed and then referred to additional treatment if necessary
You will be notified as to when and where to report for your IDP session. After you have completed the mandatory requirements of the IDP, your driving privileges may be restored. If you fail to attend, your license will be revoked again.
What is ARD?
In Pennsylvania, individuals have the opportunity to participate in a pre-trial diversionary program. The Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program is for individuals who have committed relatively minor, non-violent crimes and wish to have their record expunged.
The ARD program may include:
- Drug and alcohol counseling
- Community service
- Supervision by the probation department
- Payment of ARD costs and fees
- Attendance of the Alcohol Highway Safety School
- Temporary suspension of driving privileges
The conditions of ARD vary based on the severity and circumstances of the offense, and each county has its own requirements.
Eligibility for the ARD program is determined on a case-by-case basis. It is generally offered for:
- Possession of false identification
- Possession of a small amount of marijuana
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Furnishing alcohol to minors
Successful completion of the ARD program allows an individual to seek expungement of the offense from public criminal records. However, it does not make the charges disappear from all records. PennDOT and law enforcement may retain ARD records permanently.
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