Q: I was charged with my second DUI about a month ago. My first DUI was 9 years ago and I did ARD. Is it worth fighting the case? I was pulled over due to non working tail light. The police report did not state any other reason. (Jefferson Hills, PA)
A: Unless it is 10 years you probably cannot be admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. You need to have the court records reviewed to determine if ARD is an option. A non working tail light can constitute a reasonable suspicion for police to stop your car and initiate contact. No attorney can advise you as to whether or not you should fight this unless he or she reviews the complaint and Affidavit of Probable Cause and reviews all the facts with you. It may be worth the consultation fee. If you have no defense and are not ARD eligible, you may be able to obtain a Phoenix Program deal to minimize your time and costs in court.