PA ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) is a program available in the state of Pennsylvania that allows first-time offenders to avoid a criminal record by completing certain conditions, such as community service or probation. If the defendant successfully completes the program, the charges against them are dismissed.
Expungement refers to the process of erasing or sealing a criminal record so that it cannot be viewed by the public. In the case of PA ARD, expungement is typically available for defendants who successfully complete the program.
The purpose of expungement is to allow individuals who have made a mistake in the past to move on with their lives without the stigma of a criminal record hindering their future opportunities. It can be particularly important for those seeking employment, housing, or professional licenses, as well as for those who wish to participate in certain community activities, such as coaching or volunteering.
It’s important to note that while expungement will remove the record from public view, it may still be accessible to certain government agencies or law enforcement officials. Additionally, expungement is not available for all criminal offenses, and eligibility requirements can vary depending on the specific circumstances of each case. It’s always best to consult with an attorney familiar with Pennsylvania’s expungement laws to determine whether expungement is a viable option in your case.