I rang the station where the Garda was but he is not back until Friday so can't get to talk to him before then.
When the Guards came my mother told them that I would be back today and where I worked. They didn't even know I was up in court over this so had a bit of explaining to do. I don't want them calling back or coming to arrest me so I am going to go down tomorrow like they said so I don't get arrested over this.
I've only ever been in court before for driving stuff and got that over and done with on the day. That was in the courts just behind the Four Courts.
Originally Posted by coylemj
If you present yourself to any member of the Gardai near to where you live, you will be immediately arrested and brought before the next sitting of the local (Dublin) district court, this will probably involve you being locked up somewhere for the night.
No judge in Dublin will hear the case, if you're lucky you will be remanded on bail (most likely with an independent surety) or in custody, in either case the remand will be back to the court that issued the warrant, the court that you were summonsed to in the first place.
Why would a judge in Dublin hear the case when the prosecuting Garda and the witnesses are all down the country?
BTW, judges only issue bench warrants for serious cases where there is a reasonable prospect that the defendant will get a jail sentence if found guilty. Do you not have a solicitor at this stage, and if you do, did he/she not appear in court on the day?
When I was asking about Dublin or the country I meant would I have to be brought down the country for the warrant to be dealt with but from what people said here that will be done in Dublin.
The case is for public order and criminal damage - I'd never get jail for that - would I? The date I missed was the first day in court - as it was down the country I was going to get a solicitor when I went down to court - didn't think it would make sense to get a Dublin solicitor.
Just a couple more questions from what people said:
If I go down to the station in the morning what will happen there?
Will they tell me what court I am going to - so that I can get someone to come with me just in case I need that surety?
Could I just bring some cash with me so I could use that if there was any problem with getting bail?
Will I be able to speak to one of the solicitors when I get taken to court tomorrow - don't have one yet?
Will I just be sitting in court with the Guard until I get called?