Driving Offences – Criminal Law

Driving Offences are some of the most common charges most people will face in their lives. They range from careless driving to driving without insurance. Typically these matters are dealt with at District Court level. They may result in fines and can sometimes lead to imprisonment. The facts of the case are important and offences resulting in death or serious bodily harm will of course attract harsher sentences. Penalty points or disqualification from driving for a period of time can also occur. As many people use their car for work purposes, this can be very burdensome on their lives. However, with a strong legal defence, you can potentially avoid the harshest penalties. If you are concerned about possible driving offences, or any criminal matters, please contact this office for a consultation.

Pandemic Unemployment Payment – Social Welfare

By now most people will be aware of their entitlement to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, subject to certain criteria. The scheme was continually extended and as such people will continue to be paid. This payment is made on a weekly basis to the applicant's account if approved. However this payment is not like other benefits, unlike Jobseekers Allowance you cannot claim for dependents. It is intended to be a temporary solution to mass lay offs as a result of Covid. There is also a responsibility for those receiving the payment to notify the Department of Social Protection once they start working again. If you have accidentally received PUP while working it is important that you notify the Department. While prosecutions for fraud under this scheme have been relatively rare so far, they have certainly occurred. Man (39) charged with 20 counts of Pandemic Unemployment Payment fraud (irishtimes.com) If you have any queries about this matter, or any Social Welfare matter, please contact this office for a consultation.