Three 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 a person fails to complete the program, or is 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.
Placed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic were:
Michael Andrew Antonacci, 46, of Blakeslee, was placed for a year on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on June 29, 2010, by state police at Lehighton in Penn Forest Township.
He was ordered to pay $350 for the cost of the program, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and render 15 hours of community service.
Brandyn Lee Gatens, 19, of Lehighton, was placed for a year on a charge of burglary. He was arrested on June 24, 2001, by Lehighton police for an incident a 100 S. First St.
He was ordered to pay $500 for the cost of the program, get a D&A evaluation and render 15 hours of community service.
Placed by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb was:
Troy Allan Holtzer, 46, of Lehighton, was placed for a year on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on Aug. 16, 2010, along SR209 in Franklin Township. Given a test, the result was .09BAC.
He was ordered to pay $350 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.