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When you say "recent" how recent?
What was your sentence, if not ARD?
Was that ever offered to you in a plea agreement?
I see. The ARD is not available now as it is something the DA would have had to file a certification on with the Court before you were adjudicated and a disposition in the case.
But you should check with the DA or the courts and be sure that you are not ARD since you only paid a fine.
You can contact the clerk of the court where you paid the fine. The clerk should be able to explain if you have an ARD or not.
Or you may contact the local DA's office directly and request someone tell you if you were given ARD on this summary offense. If you were, you would also be on probation. So that might help you to know if you are or not.
Unfortunately, the conviction will appear on your back ground as a retail theft.