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Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.

Ann DelCollo

Ann DelCollo

Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.

David Strenfel

David Strenfel

David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.

Office Locations
Our Locations
Primary Location
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304 North High Street West Chester, PA 19380
Secondary Locations

These locations are available by appointment only

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1515 Market St., #200 Philadelphia, PA 19102
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135 East State St. Kennett Square, PA 19380
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600 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
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1489 Baltimore Pike Ste 221 Springfield, PA 19064
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101 Lindenwood Dr, Ste 225 Malvern, PA 19355
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150 N. Radnor Chester Rd Ste. F200, Radnor, PA 19087
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313 West Liberty St., Ste 341 Lancaster, PA 17603
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Our firm provides excellent services at reasonable fees and accepts a variety of payment methods, including most major credit card providers.

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First Time Offenders

If you have been arrested for the first time, it can be a horrific experience. Depending on the crime, many people feel as though they have little or no chance of avoiding time behind bars. Fortunately for individuals in Pennsylvania, there are programs in place for first time offenders that offer them an opportunity to rehabilitate themselves, while having their charges dismissed in the process. Learn more about  Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program  and how our  team of experienced defense attorneys can provide you guidance and representation in avoiding a trial and gaining entry into a pretrial diversion programs that can avoid a finding of guilty, conviction and penalties and allow you to regain a  clean record.

Chester County First Time Offender Lawyer

If you have been charged with a crime for the first time in Delaware County, Chester County,  Lancaster County, or Montgomery County, it would be beneficial to consult with the team of compassionate defense lawyers at Ciccarelli Law Offices. With offices conveniently located in Kennett Square, Radnor, Plymouth Meeting, Lancaster, West Chester, Lancaster, Malvern, Philadelphia, or King of Prussia, these experienced defense attorneys serve clients in the greater Philadelphia region who are facing criminal charges for the first time.

The attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices are devoted to working together as a team to provide clients with a thorough defense that will give them the best chance of maintain their freedom. Call us today at (610) 719-3200 to set up a consultation to discuss your case and let these West Chester attorneys serve you.


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Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program in Pennsylvania

Among the most well-known and commonly used rehabilitative program in Pennsylvania includes the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. Commonly referred to as a pretrial diversion or deferred disposition programs, the ARD program diverts first time offenders from jail/prison, to rehabilitation programs in an attempt to prevent individuals from becoming repeat offenders.

According to 234 Pa. Code Rule § 300-320, the District Attorney is responsible for determining if an individual is eligible for and should be placed in an ARD program. In order to be eligible, the defendant must:

  • Pay all court costs
  • Waive the right to a preliminary hearing
  • Waive the right for a speedy trial
  • Not be currently facing charges for a violent or sex crime
  • Not have previously participated in an ARD program
  • Not have previously taken part in a pretrial diversion program
  • Not have any pending charges
  • Not have any previous felony or misdemeanor convictions

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Frequently Accepted Charges for ARD

It is important to note that it is up to the District Attorney’s discretion as to which cases will be accepted into the ARD program. With the help of an experienced West Chester criminal defense attorney, you may be able to avoid the penalties associated with your alleged offense by showing that you are eligible for a diversion program. Cases that are typically accepted include:

  • Minor Traffic Offenses
  • DUI
  • Drug Possession
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Theft
  • Burglary
  • White Collar crimes (Forgery/Embezzlement)

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Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition in Chester County (ARD)

Even though the ARD program was enacted and legislated by Pennsylvania, each local county DA has the discretion to manage the ARD program in their county.  In Chester County , an individual who wishes to apply for the ARD program must agree to  appear at their preliminary hearing, submit an application for ARD prepared by the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, and agree to waiving the preliminary hearing,  filing of a criminal information and formal arraignment. 

Chester County has both a fast-track ARD program and a normal ARD program.  The fast track ARD program is commonly used for first time offender DUI charges.  At the preliminary hearing,  a fast tract date is given of when the case will be heard before a Chester County Common Pleas Judge for entry into the ARD program. 


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Chester County ARD Guidelines

In order to be eligible for the ARD program, an individual  normally is forbidden from having any prior criminal convictions as a juvenile or adult.  Unlike most counties in Pennsylvania,  in Chester County, an individual is not automatically precluded from apply for ARD if they have a prior misdemeanor conviction, ARD, or juvenile adjudication that is more than ten (10 ) years from the date of the new offense. 

An individual cannot enter if the ARD program in Chester County if the District Attorney denies their application.   In additional to be denied ARD for prior felonies and prior criminal history within ten years,  acceptance in the program will also be rejected if the individual has more than one prior misdemeanor or ARD on their record; is charged with a crime of violence or a crime against a child; has a poor driving record;  was driving intoxicated with anyone under fourteen years of age in the car, was driving intoxicated and caused an accident that resulted in serious injury; or the victim opposes the ard application.


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Helping You Maintain a Clean Criminal Record

If you have been arrested for a crime for the first time in and around the cities of Coatesville, Norristown, Newton Square, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Exton, Willow Street, or Downingtown, contact Ciccarelli Law Offices. With the help of skilled defense lawyers who take a team approach to your case, you will have the best chance of being accepted into a diversion program that will allow you to maintain a clean criminal record.

Contact Ciccarelli Law Offices today at (610) 719-3200 to set up a consultation on your case. The attorneys at the firm will ensure that you are making informed legal decisions by keeping you involved and informed throughout every step of the legal process.

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