Four first time defendants in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program this week.
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, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.
Judge Joseph J. Matika placed the four for a year in the program.
Elizabeth A. McAloose, 24, West Hazleton, was placed on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). She was arrested n Aug. 5, 2012, along Tamaqua St., by Beaver Meadows police. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.
She was assessed $650 for the cost of the program and ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and license suspended for 60 days.
Ashlyn McCartney, 19, of Lansford, was placed on a charge of receiving stolen property. She was arrested on July 8, 2013, by Summit Hill police involving the theft of two bicycles from Mark Berger, of 158 W. School St.
She was assessed $450 and ordered to render 50 hours of community service, and make restitution to the victim for $90.
Edwin Morales Jr., 22, of Allentown, was placed on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
He was arrested by state police at Hazleton for an incident along Route 903 in Beaver Meadows following a vehicle stop.
He was assessed $450 and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, render 50 hours of community service, and forfeited $3,050 in cash seized by troopers when he was arrested.
Nadine Young, 46, of Weatherly, was placed on a DUI charge. She was arrested on Aug. 17, 2013, along First Street by Weatherly police. Given a test, the result was .16 BAC.
She was assessed $550 and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, license suspended for 60 days, 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.