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1. There is no difficulty with speaking to the Gardaí about a Summons without a lawyer. Essentially, you cannot prejudice your situation as once the Summons has been issued, then the matter is going to court and the Gardaí can do little about it, unless their Chief Superintendent agrees to it. Essentially, by not getting back to them when faced with being given a caution, they have now decided to prosecute you. So, you can speak with the individual Garda concerned, but I fear it is too late to do anything about it. You can ask for the Caution to be reinstated, but be aware this course is unlikely to occur. You will probably hear the Garda tell you that you should have turned up and faced the music with the Caution and that the Summons wouldn't have issued if you had turned up. However, you will not be prejudiced by not having a lawyer with you when you speak to the Gardaí. Given the matter is minor, the Gardaí would probably wonder why you brought along a lawyer to speak about an offence which only merited a Caution.
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3. You should be concerned about a criminal record as you are now getting Summonsed. So, I would advise you to get yourself an experienced criminal Defence solicitor to represent you in court as this will mean a better outcome for you.
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