Road Traffic Prosecutions In Ireland: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What Are Road Traffic Prosecutions?

Road traffic prosecutions involve legal actions taken against individuals for violations of road traffic laws and regulations in Ireland. These prosecutions can arise from offenses such as speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol/ drugs, careless driving, dangerous driving, and failure to comply with road signage.

What Types Of Offenses Can Lead To Road Traffic Prosecutions In Ireland?

Offenses that can result in road traffic prosecutions in Ireland include speeding, drink driving, drug driving, driving without insurance, failing to stop at the scene of an accident (hit-and-run), and using a mobile phone while driving.

Who Initiates Road Traffic Prosecutions In Ireland?

Road traffic prosecutions in Ireland are initiated by An Garda Síochána, based on observations made by officers at the scene of an incident or through the use of speed cameras and other surveillance methods.

What Is The Process For Facing A Road Traffic Prosecution In Ireland?

The process, depending on the type of road traffic prosecution,  typically begins with the issuance of a Fixed Charge Notice (FCN) or summons by An Garda Síochána. The accused may choose to pay the fixed charge or contest the offense in court. If contested, the case will proceed through the courts, where the accused can present a defence.

What Are The Potential Consequences Of Road Traffic Prosecutions In Ireland?

Consequences may include fines, convictions, disqualification from driving, imprisonment for serious offenses, and consequential increased insurance premiums and penalty points on a driving license. The severity of the penalties depends on the nature and the degree of seriousness of the offense.

Do Individuals Facing Road Traffic Prosecutions Have Any Rights In Ireland?

Yes, individuals facing road traffic prosecutions in Ireland have rights, including the right to legal representation, the right to contest the charges in court, the right to challenge evidence presented against them, and the right to appeal a conviction.

How Can Kod Lyons Llp Assist With Road Traffic Prosecutions In Ireland?

KOD Lyons LLP offers expert legal representation and advice for individuals facing road traffic prosecutions in Ireland. Our experienced solicitors can assess the circumstances of the case, provide guidance on legal options, and advocate on behalf of clients in court proceedings to achieve the best possible outcome.

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