Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

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, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.

Robert Dell, 27, of Pittsfield, Warren County, was placed on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on July 24, 2010, along the turnpike in Penn Forest Township. Given a test, the result was .19BAC.

He was ordered to pay $450 for the cost of the program, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, license suspended for 60 days and render three hours of community service per month while in the program.

Jason M. Schramak, 25, of Lehighton, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on Sept. 19, 2010, along N. First St., in Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .17BAC.

He was ordered to pay $450 for the cost of the program, get a D&A evaluation, and license suspended for 60 days.

Candice L. Shipwash, 24, of Lehighton, was placed on a charge of retail theft. She was arrested on Oct. 14, 2010, at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township, taking $201.49 worth of merchandise without paying for it.

She was ordered to pay $350 for the cost of the program and render 15 hours of community service. It was noted that the merchandise was all recovered.

Deanna Steigerwalt, 19, of Palmerton, was placed in separate cases. One case included the charge of resisting arrest and occurred on June 2, 2010, at her residence. The second occurred on Aug. 16, 2010, and included the charge of defiant trespass at her residence.

Webb ordered she pay $500 for the cost of the program and render 15 hours of community service.

Stacey Strohl, 38, of Lehighton, was placed on a charge of DUI. She was arrested on June 4, 2010, along Blakeslee Blvd., in Mahoning Township. Given a test, the result was .16BAC.

She was ordered to pay $500 for the cost of the program, get a D&A evaluation, and license suspended for 60 days.

Each defendant must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.