Eight first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program in the county court on Thursday.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if a person fails they can be revoked from the program and the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II and Judge David W. Addy placed the defendants. All were placed for a year unless otherwise noted.

Sean Christopher Compton, 18, of Palmerton, placed on a charge of retail theft. He was arrested on Sept. 14 by Mahoning Township police for an incident at Walmart involving $21.72 worth of merchandise.

He was also ordered to pay $500 and costs, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment and render 15 hours of community service.

Chance W. Dreisbach, 34, of Jim Thorpe, was placed on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on May 23 along Oak St., in Jim Thorpe. Given a test, the result was .11BAC.

He was ordered to pay $400 and costs, get a D&A evaluation and render 11 hours of community service.

Tina M. Huff, 34, of Lehighton, was placed on a charge of possession of marijuana. She was arrested on Sept. 15 at her residence in Mahoning Township.

She was ordered to pay $350 and costs, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use and render 15 hours of community service.

Nanette R. Hydro, 47, of Jim Thorpe, was placed on a charge of DUI. She was arrested on Aug. 5 along Behrens Road in Penn Forest Township by state police. Given a test, the result was .21BAC.

She was ordered to pay $450 and costs, get a D&A evaluation, render three hours of community service per month while in the program and her license was suspended for 60 days.

Gordan Ruff, 21, of Lehighton, was placed on a charge of retail theft. He was arrested on Feb. 1 by Mahoning Township police for an incident at Walmart, where he was an employee, and allegedly stole $586.

He was placed for six months since he had already made restitution, and further ordered to pay $350 and costs and render three hours of community service per month while in the program.

Robert A. Alberswerth, 19, of Weatherly, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on July 2 along Main St. in Weatherly. The DUI charge is for a controlled substance.

He was ordered to pay $350 and costs, get a D&A evaluation, make restitution totaling $220.96, and his license suspended for 90 days.

Edward C. Jezlorski Jr., 27, of White Haven, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on July 26 along Main St., in Weatherly. Given a test, the result was .22BAC.

He was ordered to pay $450 and costs, get a D&A evaluation, render three hours of community service per month while in the program and his license was suspended for 60 days.

John Kenneth Tomachick, 56, of Clarks Summit, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on July 25 along SR940 in East Side Boro by state police. Given a test, the result was .14BAC.

He was ordered to pay $450 and costs, get a D&A evaluation, render 14 hours of community service and his license suspended for 60 days.

All defendants must also pay a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.