New Bucks County, PA DUI ARD procedure!!!

January 21, 2010

Congratulations to the new Bucks County District Attorney for improving the court procedure for DUI matters in the Bucks County Common Pleas Court. The Bucks County Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) cases are now being adjudicated in a separate courtroom than the remainder of the Bucks County criminal cases.

In the past, all Bucks County criminal cases called to court on a particular morning were initially directed to Courtroom #1. The list of the all the criminal cases were called by a judge and then the court would address various issues regarding the cases. After a short break, the Bucks County ARD cases were then called forward and were addressed by the court. The remainder of the Bucks County criminal cases, which included guilty pleas, had to wait and wait until the cases were called to the attention of the court. Many times guilty pleas in were not heard by the court for the purposes of sentencing until mid-afternoon.

The new Bucks County ARD procedure is much improved. Much like Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, the DUI-ARD cases are called to a different courtroom and are adjudicated separately from the other Bucks County criminal matters. This new procedure should speed up the criminal court process, assuming that there are available judges. The Bucks County Court of Common Pleas is short on judges. Hopefully this year, there will be more available judges for court matters.

Contact us, Bucks County DUI attorneys if you are interested in being admitted to the ARD program if you are charged with a DUI in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.


Anonymous,  January 26, 2010 at 11:17 AM  

Is the court of common pleas the same level as a nj municipal court?, or is it on the county level? in nj, muncipal courts handle all "dui" no matter what. even if other indictyable offense, of crimes as low as the 5th degree occured, and would be heard on the county level,...... the dui is always heard in municipal court.

this is the system.

about 560 munipal courts in nj, one for each town, ... with some boro's , some, being merged into a surrounding town,...

i thik the majprity of dui can be won by the defendant, .....

especially if it is trearted as ccriminal, on the county level, and you get a jury, ...

what it takes is dedication to winning, ...

this must be why they have this accelerated prpgram to have reduced charges and get out of it, in penn.,,,,,,

either way, nj or penn, ... i think dui can be won, thru thoughour law work, .... including immediate request for speedy trial, .... and the science being attacked on everything, .... and the police being grilled on the witness stand,...


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