A: ARD is an acronym for a diversion program known as Accelerated Rehabilitative Distposition. ARD allows first time, non-violent offenders to avoid a conviction and the uncertainty of trial. Most DUI and many other criminal offenses qualify as non-violent and sometimes can be resolved with ARD. ARD suspends the case while you serve a period of probation, attend educational classes, abstain from alcohol, pay fees to the Court and, in DUI cases, lose your driver's license for a period of time. However, not everyone is eligible for the program and even for those who are eligible, ARD might not be a better option than fighting the allegations. For more information about ARD, watch our video or go to page 34 of our book Defending Freedom: The Ultimate Guide to DUI Cases in Pennsylvania.