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My apologies - I did not realise you were based in Ireland - unfortunately, I unable to assist you today so must "Opt Out" but I am certain that one of my colleagues will be able to assist. All the Best.
1. The reality is that there is a discount in sentencing if you are legally represented. So, having a solicitor and paying them €50 to represent you might be the difference between getting the court Poor Box, which is not a conviction and getting a small fine of about €400. So, you should realise that District Court Judges are themselves former lawyers. So, there is an inherent discount for any Defendant who gets a solicitor to represent them in court. In essence, Judges prefer dealing with one of their own and tend to be intolerant towards Defendants who are representing themselves. So, for a better result, you should get a solicitor. It won't cost the solicitor a thought to deal with your case. Additionally, you should attempt to figure out if the judge has a solicitor who is their "favourite" because that solicitor will get you a better result. I am afraid human nature works to the same degree among judges and lawyers as it does in real life.
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3. You need to ask someone who works in the court system, like the District Court clerk or some other solicitor. A good guide is to look in the local paper and see what solicitor is doing the majority of criminal Defence work. They will have built up a substantial amount of goodwill to keep and retain that work, so they will have a good working relationship with the judge.
4. Be aware that the Terms & Conditions of this website prohibit Experts from recommending someone. So, you will have to find out from some clients who have dealt with solicitors in Mullingar to see who there is to act.
5. There is nothing to prevent it. It goes on all the time. They will be delighted to tell someone.
6. Can you not do what they do in the country and go down and see the person in person. No one gives out information of this nature on the phone. They will laugh at you if you do that. Have you no understanding of how Ireland works?
7. Your other alternative is to go and attend the court and see whom the judge favours. You can form your own opinion and ask them there and then to represent you.
8. Be sure to complete the process with the website and Rate the answer. This is necessary as otherwise there is no incentive to answer any further questions.
9. What information have you not got?
10. Why don't you ring some solicitor's office and see if they will tell you. The worst thing that can happen is you get a €1,500 fine and get bound to the peace for three years.
11. I will leave this thread and let some other Expert satisfy your requirements. Best of luck with everything.