Six first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the commonwealth can prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Miguel Figueroa-Vargas, 21, of Lebanon, Lebanon County, was placed on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on July 4 along the northeast extension of the turnpike in Penn Forest Township by state police at Pocono. Given a test, the result was .15BAC.

He was assessed $400 for the cost of the program, and ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, license suspended for 30 days, and render 50 hours of community service.

Silca Hernandez-Fernandi, 34, of Tobyhanna, was placed for 18 months on a charge of retail theft. She was arrested on Aug. 19 by Mahoning Township police for an incident at the Walmart store with $3,307.30 worth of electronic merchandise was taken.

She was assessed $350 and ordered to make restitution of $1,653.65 for her share of the loss, and render 75 hours of community service.

Tyler Recica, 22, of Lehighton, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on Nov. 1, 2011, along Blakeslee Blvd., in Mahoning Township, by township police. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

He was assessed $450, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, license suspended for 60 days, and render 50 hours of community service.

Cole Nathaniel Rex, 19, of Lehighton, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on May 19 along Ashtown Drive, in Mahoning Township, by township police. Given a test, the result was .13BAC.

He was assessed $400, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, license suspended for 90 days, and render 50 hours of community service.

Ronald L. West, 51, of Lehighton, was placed on a charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was arrested on Feb. 29 in the area of 394 Long Run Rd., Franklin Township, by state police at Lehighton.

He was assessed $350, and ordered to render 50 hours of community service.

Curtis J. Zlock, 53, of Nesquehoning, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on March 23 along First St., in Mahoning Township by township police. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

He was assessed $450, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, and license suspended for 60 days.

Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.