Five first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.
If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.
All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.
Michael Anthony Belfiore, 46, of Marlton, N.J., was placed on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. He was arrested on March 10 along SR1003 by Kidder Township police. Given a test, the result was .15 BAC.
He was assessed $500 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.
Andrew Breiner, 29, of Nesquehoning, was placed for nine months on a charge of harassment.
He was arrested on March 1 by Nesquehoning police for an incident in the area of 15 W. Garibaldi Ave. by Nesquehoning police. The listed victim of the harassment was Brian Day.
He was assessed $450, and ordered to have no contact with Day, and render 50 hours of community service.
Julianna Eidem, 62, of Lehighton, was placed on a retail theft charge.
She was arrested on Feb. 26 at the Family Dollar Store by Lansford police. She allegedly took items valued at $83.91. All the items were recovered.
She was assessed $450, and ordered to not enter the Family Store property.
Joseph T. Gindhart Jr., 27, of Lansford, was placed on a charge of possession, sale, use and display of documents on a vehicle.
He was arrested on Nov. 23, 2012, along Water Street by Lansford police.
He was assessed $650, and ordered to render 50 hours of community service.
Hank William Weaver, 23, of Weatherly, was placed on a charge of simple assault.
He was arrested on April 29 along Norman Street by Weatherly police. The listed victim of the assault is Brandy Harris.
He was assessed $450, and ordered to attend and complete both anger management and parenting classes and render 50 hours of community service.
Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.