Yes, you can expect a fine. Might be no harm to get a local solicitor, the right pleading could significantly reduce the fine.
A fine of up to €2,000. I think the average is €1,000 fine, but depends on what the garda reports and what the judge decides.
Is it 5 penalty points too?? I'm not sure on the points side.
Does it not seem very strange that he'd tell me I'm getting a summons and not fine me or charge me there. Like he let me drive on then, didn't even take the car off me like he legally could have..
It only sounds strange to someone who has no idea of the law.
Hence me asking people on this?
You get nothing on the side of the road now.
You'll get something in the post within the next 6 months. That should give you a bit of time to start saving. It's a min of €1,000 fine, but depending on the day, it could be up to €2,000. And then there's the 4 penalty points too.
Ah, you've probably been sweating enough at this stage. Was talking to a Gardai pal over a cup of tea there. Showed him this thread. You'll most likely get a JLO referral. It's in nobody's interest to slap you with a huge fine and points for what could be viewed as youthful silliness! If you demonstrate your really sorry. Ask to talk to the sergeant and explain yourself. Best of luck with it all.
Is your Garda pal in the traffic corps? It's more common for these to be dealt with rather than just a JLO referral - http://www.examiner.ie/ireland/22-learner-drivers-a-day-summonsed-for-breaking-laws-127098.html
Judges certainly don't see it as simply youthful silliness. They normally view it as willfully breaking the law.
Was talking to my friend. This happened to him in clonmel as well and he got referred to the JLO. I hope that's the case because I'm still in school, I can't afford that kind of fine. Also the traffic corps are so much nicer, I've been pulled by them a few times before and they have never even gave out to me, although I was always in my uniform when they pulled me...
If you were taxed and insured he'd have no power to take the car unless he was certain the absence of a qualified driver nullified your insurance. You're entitled to be considered for a JLO caution and presuming you haven't a history with them you'll get one. Bear in mind however details of the caution may be given to a judge if you're convicted of something in the future
They're only nice when you ve done nothing wrong. See what happens if you keep driving on your own or be involved in accident or caught acting the maggot etc .
Oh back to my first post . Learn this Ignorance is no defence of the law
Hello to all,
2 years, a bit of maturity and a full licence later I am pleased to let you all know that said summons never came.
I know it's all changed now and they are much stricter so I hope any new drivers don't think it will be so easy to get away with.
Another thing I would like to add is that looking back now I would recommend anyone to not go out on the road by yourself until you have a full licence.
Although I wouldn't listen to that when I was 17, I now know by seeing friends have extremely dangerous accidents it is absolutely ridiculous to go out on the road amongst other innocent drivers with so little experience. Some people really can drive who have a provisional but the majority can most certainly not and are lethal. By all means be as careful as possible.
yeah yeah you're smug now but if Judge Finn had got his teeth into you you'd still be on a tricycle...bear in mind that a high proportion of accidents occur within 2 years of passing the test.....