After successful completion of the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program, one may motion for an expungement. But, what does this mean? An expungement removes the criminal aspect of your DUI charge. So, for example, a new job you apply for runs a criminal background check and you are concerned it is going to show up. After the motion for expungement is granted, it should not appear.
However, if this new job requires a driving history, you should be aware that it would appear on your driving record. It will remain on your driving record for 10 years and then will automatically drop off. This is because Pennsylvania has a ten-year look-back period for DUI matters and so, if you are charged with a DUI within ten years of completing ARD, it will most likely be counted as a second offense.
If you refused a chemical test and went through the ARD Program, the refusal will remain on your driving record for life and is not subject to expungement.
Debating on whether or not the ARD Program is right for you? Gone through the ARD Program and need help with an expungement? It is important to know your rights, the penalties you face and talk to someone who can answer questions so you can make an informed decision.