Bell Enters Pennsylvania’s ARD Program

download (61)A while back, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was arrested for DUI. Now he has had his time before the judge. He was arrested back in August after an officer smelled marijuana coming from his vehicle.

He has been sentenced to 15 months of probation, a sixty-day license suspension, must attend rehab classes, and has also been enrolled in Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program.  The ARD program is a special program for first-time DUI offenders with no prior criminal record. The court costs for this program are around $2400.

By entering into this program, he avoids going to trial and possibly facing a stiffer sentence. If he completes it, his record will be expunged. He may face further disciplinary actions from the NFL now that a sentence has been handed down, including possible suspensions.

The ARD program is one of the ways that Pennsylvania tries to help people who may have made a single mistake and got caught with DUI. It is a useful program, but if you believe your first arrest was a false one then you shouldn’t take a prosecutor’s deal without consulting a defense attorney.

Call Steven Kellis for a free consultation about your DUI case. He has had decades of experience on both sides of the court room in DUI cases. For more information about him and about DUI in the state of Pennsylvania, consult our webpages or give an experienced PA DUI lawyer a call.