In Chester County, Pennsylvania, individuals are routinely charged with a second or third DUI. If an individual is charged with a subsequent DUI offense, he or she will not be eligible for Chester County’s ARD program but may still be eligible for Intermediate Punishment Probationary Program (IPP). It is essential that, if you have been charged with a second or third DUI, you are aware of Chester County’s IPP program and how having an experienced attorney is essential to a successful outcome of your case.
Chester County’s IPP Program: An Overview
The Chester County IPP program is an alternative sentencing program designed to reduce the amount of jailtime the defendant has to serve. An individual will most likely be eligible for the IPP program in Chester County if there are no factors that would exclude them for eligibility. Factors that prevent IPP eligibility include:
- An individual suffering a serious injury at the time of the offense,
- The defendant has a prior history of violent behavior,
- The defendant violated their probation or parole,
- A minor being present in the car at the time the offense was committed.
It is also important to note that, even if an individual is eligible for the IPP program, the Court can still exercise its discretion and deny the individual the privilege of being accepted into the program.
Chester County’s IPP Process
The process begins when the defendant files the IPP application with the Chester County Probation and Parole Department. The filing of the IPP application MUST be done within 30 days of the defendant’s sentencing. Generally, Chester County’s IPP dispositions include:
- a flat period of incarceration,
- fines and costs,
- electronic monitoring,
- intensive probation supervision,
- community service,
- drug and alcohol treatment.
If and when the defendant is permitted admission into the IPP program, they will subjected to a period of house arrest after their incarceration. While on house arrest, the individual will only be permitted to leave the home for court permitted activities such as work, doctor’s appointments, court permitted functions etc. The individual must also have a working telephone line in their dwelling and will be required to report in on a weekly basis.
Am I Eligible for Chester County’s Intermediate Punishment Probationary Program?
If you or someone you know is facing a subsequent DUI offense, The Law Office of Vincent J. Caputo is ready to help through this process. We understand that this charge can often be difficult for the individual involved and that is why we will work with you every step of the way in achieving the best outcome possible. Contact our office for a free consultation today, your future is our priority!