Elk County Court proceedings from Monday’s Return Day

Staff Writer

In other cases from the second Return day in Elk County Court on Monday a variety of matters were adjudicated. 
Four defendants were placed into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program on Monday. ARD can offer many advantages for first-time offenders charged with certain crimes. This option, defined as a pre-adjudicated disposition of the charges, means that there is no conviction, as long as the conditions of ARD are met. ARD's many advantages come at a price. Fees and court costs can run into thousands of dollars. In addition, the programs required under ARD also carry significant price tags. A DUI charge that's directed into ARD can cost $3,000 to $4,000 or more. Fees include supervision fees, enrollment fees, program costs, and court costs. Attorney fees are separate and are charged on top of this amount. All ARD bills must be paid and settled before the defendant is deemed to have completed the program. If the participants don't pay up in the allotted time, their ARD is terminated, and the prosecution of the original charges resumes.
Carl Zuchelli, Michael Dunn, John Esola and Josh Oliver were all accepted into the program.