Republic of Ireland Law
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1. Dear Gerry, the fact the address at which the offence was committed is wrong does not invalidate the Summons. Essentially, the prosecution can at any time seek an amendment of the Summons so as to ensure it states the correct address and location of where the offence was committed. Accordingly, you need to box clever in dealing with the matter. I would advise you to get yourself a good Road Traffic solicitor to represent you in the District Court to defend the Summons. In doing so, the solicitor should get the Garda to give his evidence to include the incorrect address and location of where the offence was committed. Then your solicitor should move, upon the conclusion of the Garda evidence for a direction that the charge is bad, as the incorrect location of the offence has been given. However, it is essential that the Gardai should have finished their evidence as they can apply to amend at any stage so you need to cut off this possibility. In this way, you will successfully defend a prosecution under this Summons.
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