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Vehicular Homicide

Vehicular homicide is a type of murder that specifically involves a vehicle being used as the murder weapon.

Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition

Definition - What does Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition mean?

Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition is a program designed for non-violent individuals, with no prior criminal record, to participate in before trial for intervention purposes. It aims to help the individual by means of rehabilitation and education. However, if the court sees that the individual participated in an accelerated rehabilitative disposition before trial, it could also help reduce the charges or sentence for the individual's crime. It could also prevent other trials or court preceedings with the knowledge that the individual has participated and learned from the accelerated rehabilitative disposition.

Candidates for an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition

Even though candidates are normally ones who have no prior criminal record or offensives with the criminal justice system, they also have to be approved by the district attorney's office. The individual is closely and meticulously screened and researched to ensure that a program such as this would be effective and resourceful. Candidates also have to agree to things like making restitution, completing substance abuse treatment, or performing community service for the program. Supervision similar to probation is also necessary in the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program. 

Does Participating Mean You're Guilty?

Even though individuals agree to participate in an accelerated rehabilitative disposition, the individual does not have to admit to any wrongdoing. However, in most cases, the individual must plead guilty to any violations of the motor vehicle code to participate in the program. Most people who participate in an accelerated rehabilitative disposition program, roughly 90%, are arrested for driving under the influence or drunk driving.

Length of an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition

The maximum amount of time for a person to be supervised and participate in this kind of program is two years. Once they have completed their time in the program, the individual could try to get their case dismissed or lessened. However, if the individual violates any of the extended rules and regulations imposed upon then in the accelerated rehabilitative disposition, they may have the program revoked from their case, and tried for the full extent of their crime. 

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