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Got 7 days notice to attend court and having trouble getting in contact with solicitor

  • 14-02-2022 4:25pm
    Registered Users Posts: 4,050 ✭✭✭

    Hi everybody.

    I found out last Thursday afternoon that I had to attend court. Only found out about this when a gardai showed up at my door to inform me. I have never been to court before so I decided to contact a solicitor I have used in the past (for mortgage stuff). He was in court on Friday and said he would ring me later on. I never got a call back and I sent another email, voice message today but I have not heard anything back as of yet.

    Getting a bit stressed now as the court date is this Friday. If I contacted another solicitor to ask to represent me would it be too short a notice period for most of them?



  • Posts: 864 ✭✭✭[Deleted User]

    About 5 minutes prior is usually enough notice, unless you're being charged with murder.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,731 ✭✭✭ShatterProof

    You could even turn up a bit early on the day and find a solicitor hanging around outside.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,050 ✭✭✭gazzer

    Definitely not murder lol. I lost control of my car last April on a country road near my house and crashed into a ditch. I basically zoned out/lost concentration. The next hour or so is a bit of a blur to be honest though I had no injuries and thankfully nobody else was involved. I remember a guy coming to take the car to a nearby garage. I went with him but asked him to drive me back to the scene of the crash as I was going to ring the gardai from there. When I got there they had already been called.

    I spoke to them and again I honestly dont remember much of what I said. When they left I rang my partner to pick me up. I didnt drive for a good few months after that as what happened scared the sh1t out of me and I didnt want that to happen again. I arranged to get blood tests and a brain scan over the next while and even after they all came back clear I didnt drive for a further few months. My dad has epilepsy so it was in the back of my mind that I could potentially have it, though I am a hypochondriac at the best of times.

    I started driving again in October. Was WFH up to that point and my partner did the driving for shopping etc. Anyway when the guard arrived on Thursday he informed me that I had told him I suffer from blackouts and have epilepsy. I dont have any recollection of saying that. Not saying I didnt but I just dont remember saying it. Basically I am being brought to court based on what the gardai say I said and they want to appy for my licence to be taken from me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,452 ✭✭✭con___manx1

    Go to your doctor and get proof you dont have any of those conditions and your not on any meds for them.

    If you didnt say any of those things then your fine. Maybe you said your dad had epilepsy and the garda missheard you.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,452 ✭✭✭con___manx1

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,090 ✭✭✭Claw Hammer

    Turn up and ask for an adjournment to get a solicitor.