Busted for speeding and need a little help ...

Busted for speeding and need a little help ...

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NeilH

Original Poster:

344 posts

204 months

Thursday 30th August
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OK - so stupidly I took the bait on my way down to Le Mans this year, put my foot down further than I should and promptly got busted for speeding.
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However I was just a little too quick for a straight forward fine and confiscation of my license - I was actually given a date for a court appearance as part of the process (early December). eek

As a result I need the help of a French, English speaking solicitor who can assist me with the process. I am not protesting the fact that I was speeding in any way, I just need some advise on the process and, if possible, if I can be represented in court without having to appear in person if possible ..

SO - any one know of a legal firm that can assist me with this, their details would be appreciated


E36GUY

5,728 posts

152 months

Thursday 30th August
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Do you have to appear?

I had my licence taken away - albeit back in 2005 on the way home from LM - at the roadside. I recall I paid about €150 there and then and got my licence back about three weeks later along with a court order enforcing a three week ban that had expired by the time I got my licence back.

NeilH

Original Poster:

344 posts

204 months

Thursday 30th August
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Yes I need to appear ....

I had my license taken on the spot - a follow up letter when I got home with a further ban PLUS the original court appearance letter generated when I was stopped.

Nothing on the follow up ban letter (4 months) suggested that it was related to the court appearance. They took 500 euro from me on the spot which I was advised was a holding deposit against my court appearance.. frown

markiii

1,003 posts

128 months

Thursday 30th August
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your not getting that back wether you attend or not. did they give you a receipt

common practice is gendarmes pocketing it without filing it

NeilH

Original Poster:

344 posts

204 months

Thursday 30th August
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I don't expect to get that back - but yes I did get a receipt
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ellroy

5,435 posts

159 months

Thursday 30th August
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markiii said:
your not getting that back wether you attend or not. did they give you a receipt

common practice is gendarmes pocketing it without filing it
Common practice or internet myth, because Jonny foreigner?

OP maybe PM Lowdrag he’s based in LM and has helped out a fair few PHers over the years and may be able to point you in the right direction or recommend someone.

markiii

1,003 posts

128 months

Friday 31st August
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ellroy said:
Common practice or internet myth, because Jonny foreigner?

OP maybe PM Lowdrag he’s based in LM and has helped out a fair few PHers over the years and may be able to point you in the right direction or recommend someone.
happened to a friend, who found a French person to help who confirmed it happens a lot.

If found out apparently the money and receipt get found in a draw and filed quick smart

DS240

2,573 posts

152 months

Sunday 16th September
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markiii said:
your not getting that back wether you attend or not. did they give you a receipt

common practice is gendarmes pocketing it without filing it
Common practice.... Utter nonsense.