First-Time Offender in Montgomery County

Pennsylvania's laws against driving under the influence (DUI) can easily be broken by people who have no intent on breaking the law. Therefore, it is no surprise that many Pennsylvanians have faced charges for a first-offense DUI. If that allegation comes from an arrest that happened in Montgomery County, though, there are some unique aspects of your case that you should understand.

Penalties for First-Time DUI Offenders in Pennsylvania

Typically, people who are convicted for a first-time DUI offense in Pennsylvania face the following scheme of penalties, depending on their blood alcohol content (BAC) and age at the time of the arrest:




License Suspension                 

Other Penalties

DUI charges for underage drivers with BAC over 0.02%

Between 2 days and 6 months in jail

$500 - $5,000

1 year

Alcohol safety school                 

BAC under 0.10%

6 months of probation                 


None, if you are eligible for ARD

Alcohol safety school                 

BAC from 0.10% to 0.16%

Between 2 days and 6 months in jail

$500 - $5,000

1 year

Alcohol safety school                 

BAC over 0.16%

Between 3 days and 6 months in jail

$1,000 - $5,000

1 year

Alcohol safety school                 

Diversion Program in Montgomery County

However, first-time DUI offenders in Montgomery County can make use of the county's diversion program, the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program.

Montgomery County's ARD program is aimed to divert first-time offenders of non-violent crimes, including DUI, from the state's overloaded court system. By filing the necessary paperwork within 30 days of your preliminary hearing for the DUI charge and by waiving that hearing and arraignment, you can apply for acceptance into the ARD system.

If you get accepted into the ARD program in Montgomery County, you will be put on probation and the DUI charged against you will be stayed. The charges will be dismissed if you successfully complete the program's requirements, including:

  • Community service
  • Payment of the program costs and probation fees
  • Abide by the terms of your probation

In addition to your charges being dismissed, a successful completion of Montgomery County's ARD program also expunges your criminal record, wiping it clean of the charge.

However, if you fail the program in any way – no matter how trivial or accidental – the DUI charge will resume and you will have to defend yourself in court.

Montgomery County DUI-Defense Team

Deciding whether to defend against a DUI charge or try to make it through Montgomery County's ARD program can be a huge decision. Doing it without the guidance of a DUI-defense team like our Criminal Law Team at LLF Law Firm is to make it blindly. Our experience defending drunk driving cases in Montgomery County and the rest of Pennsylvania makes us a hugely valuable asset as you plan your defense. With our help, you can rest assured that you are making the decisions necessary to protect your rights and future in a way that fits your personal needs, abilities, and interests.

Contact our Criminal Law Team, Montgomery County's DUI-defense attorneys, online or by phone at 888-555-3686.

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The LLF Law Firm Team has decades of experience successfully resolving clients' criminal charges in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania counties. If you are having any uncertainties about what the future may hold for you or a loved one, contact the LLF Law Firm today! Our Criminal Defense Team will go above and beyond the needs of any client, and will fight until the final bell rings.

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