Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (“A.R.D.”) is a pre-trial intervention program for first time non-violent offenders. A.R.D. is not a conviction and does not require a defendant to serve mandatory jail sentences associated with certain convictions.>>
The Bucks County CAP program is designed to serve the needs of victims, defendants and the community by providing a localized alternative to the criminal justice system at the municipal level.
The CAP program engages community volunteers, representatives of local government, treatment professionals and law enforcement in seeking remedies to the harm caused by criminal behavior, holding first-time offenders accountable for minor criminal infractions with the opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction.
The Bucks County Court of Common Pleas and the Magisterial District Courts, the Office of the District Attorney, the Bucks County Department of Human Services and the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. have partnered together to create a program to address the abuse of opioids and other drugs plaguing our society by offering the opportunity for offenders to receive treatment at the earliest point in our criminal justice system.
The District Court Diversionary Program (“DCDP”) will provide immediate treatment to participants by removing barriers, such as funding and transportation, while saving the justice system money.