1. At the outset, there is no legal requirement that a Summons specify the exact speed at which you were travelling merely the fact that you were exceeding the speed limit on the occasion the offence occurred. However, when the matter is litigated in court, the Garda prosecuting the charge will have to give evidence as to what the recorded speed actually was. The Garda will have to give evidence of how he recorded your speed as well. Secondly, there will be no evidence, nor will any attention be drawn to whether you have made any attempt to register the car in Ireland. Thsi is not relevant to the case. Additionally, as Ireland & the UK have a free movement & free residency between them, there will be no evidence as to where you are resident or not. These matters will not be raised. The only items required are your driving licence and your id.
2. The issue of whether to take a solicitor or legal representative with you depends on whether it represents value for money. As a general rule a District Court judge will impose a lesser fine where a solicitor appears than if the person appears on their own. There is a form of discount for members of the legal profession. Be aware that if you are convicted an issue will arise as to what previous offences you have had. Here, only the offence in Ireland will be cited. This is the area in which having a solicitor may help. Additionally, if you want to know the speed you were travelling your solicitor will be able to get this off the Garda in advance of the hearing, as Gardai tend to be on friendly terms with the local solicitors.
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