York County Allows Virtual Victim Impact Panels During Covid Pandemic

Anyone who enters the ARD program in York County, Pennsylvania for a DUI is required to attend a "victim impact panel" as part of their ARD program requirements. Covid-19 has altered how this is done now compared to past years.

In the pre-covid period, when you attended your ARD admission, you were scheduled to attend an in-person victim impact panel by the ARD office. It was generally offered right around the 6 month anniversary of your court appearance for ARD placement. It took place at the York County Judicial Center in the jury assembly room. It involved listening to a victim of a DUI offense, generally a parent of a child killed in a DUI accident or a person who suffered significant personal injuries. It is designed to inform defendants that there is very often a real and significant human cost of DUI offenses and that they are not victimless, harmless crimes.

Given the need to ban large gatherings of people due to covid restrictions, this requirement of the ARD program has been moved to a virtual option. When my clients are placed into ARD right now (December, 2020) they are given this handout with instructions on where and how to complete their Victim Impact Panel through Mothers Against Drunk Driving ("MADD").

Handout containing details for completing a MADD Victim Impact Panel

Obviously, the date listed in the flyer is one that will change based on the circumstances of your case, but to do your Victim Impact Panel currently, go to maddvip.org to get it done.

It is unclear if this online option for the Victim Impact Panel will continue after the covid emergency ends. Usually, in-person programs have been preferred by York County for things like this, but it remains to be seen. Please check with me to make sure this is still current as the covid situation continually causes things to change, sometimes quite suddenly. It's best to call the office at (717) 848-8455 to ask for an update.

Last updated December 10, 2020.

  • Joseph Gothie
    published this page in DUI Blog 2020-12-10 11:30:21 -0500