Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday.
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, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.
Judge Joseph J. Matika placed the five.
Maximilian Karl Badham, 22, Denver, Colo., was placed for a year on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge. He was arrested on July 20 following a vehicle stop along Interstate 80 in Kidder Township by state police at Fern Ridge.
He was assessed $450 for the costs of the program and ordered to render 50 hours of community service.
Cynthia Lynn Becker, 37, of Palmerton, was placed for a year on a charge of access device fraud. She was arrested by Nesquehoning police for an incident involving PPL as the victim and obtaining electrical service illegally.
She was assessed $450, ordered to render 50 hours of community service, and make restitution of $1,009.90 to PPL.
Alexis Ann Condon, 38, of Coaldale, was placed for a year on a charge of bad checks. She was arrested by Lansford police on April 3 for an incident in which Terry Bono of W. Abbott Street is the victim.
She was assessed $450, ordered to render 50 hours of community service, and make restitution of $1,280 to Bono.
Dezera Colleen Defiore, 22, of Catasauqua, was placed for a year on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). She was arrested on May 24 along SR940 by Kidder Township police. Given a test, the result was .14 BAC.
She was assessed $500, ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation, render 50 hours of community service, and her license suspended for 60 days.
Dean Kancir, 43, of Hazleton, was placed for two years on a charge of aggravated assault. He was arrested on May 15 for an incident in Beaver Meadows in which Police Chief Michael Moressi was the victim.
He was assessed $450 and ordered to render 100 hours of community service.
Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.