Road Traffic Offences

Stephen O'Mahony Solicitors represents clients at all court levels in relation to Road Traffic Offences including Dangerous Driving, Careless Driving, No Insurance, Drink or Drug Driving and Penalty Point Offences.

Members of the public who appear in Court on Road Traffic Offences often mistakenly believe that these type of offences are not serious and that they do not need a Solicitor. The reality is that this area of Law is quite complex and your first decision should be to contact a Solicitor experienced in Road Traffic Law such as Stephen O'Mahony Solicitors. A driving ban or any Road Traffic Offence on your record can have serious consequences for current or future employment that requires a clean driving record. In some more serious cases there can also be a risk of a prison sentence.


This area of law is notoriously complex and is probably the most challenged area of law within the Irish Criminal Justice system. If you are due to appear in Court on either of these offences we strongly advice that you contact a Solicitor. Stephen O'Mahony Solicitors has been involved in many successful defences regarding these offences.


The Penalty Points system was initiated to ensure drivers comply with the rules of the road and to improve road safety. Penalty points are commonly received for matters such as speeding offences, using a mobile phone while driving or driving in a bus lane.

Any driver accumulating 12 penalty points within any given three-year period will be automatically disqualified from driving for six months. A lower threshold of 7 penalty points leading to disqualification applies to any driver taking out a first learner permit on or after 1 August 2014 and subsequently during the first two years while he or she is driving under a full driving licence as a novice driver.

If you do not pay your Fixed Charge Penalty Notice a Court Summons will automatically issue which will inform you of a court date to appear. Please note that there are higher penalty points imposed by the court than if you pay your Fixed Charge Penalty Notice. However, you may have a good defence to the accusation and we strongly recommend that you contact Stephen O'Mahony Solicitors.


You may have received a driving ban following a conviction of a Road Traffic Offence for example such as Drink Driving, No Insurance or Dangerous Driving. If you wish to appeal this driving ban it is extremely important that you appeal the ban within 14 days of the conviction. Please contact Stephen O'Mahony Solicitors and we can advise you as to the possibility of success with your appeal. We have represented clients in courts nationwide in relation to the appealing of driving bans.


Stephen O'Mahony Solicitors has had a lot of success in relation to the restoration of driving licences especially in cases where driving bans were imposed for lengthy periods such as 10 or 15 years and even for lifetime bans. If you have been disqualified from driving and are seeking the restoration of your licence before the driving ban is finished please contact Stephen O'Mahony Solicitors to discuss your options.

Please note that there is a fee of €55 for a District Court restoration and €130 for a Circuit Court restoration of your licence.