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Old 21.09.2019, 14:39
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Re: Serious fine for driving with an expired Driving License

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Ouch.

Your interpretation is correct. It is a CHF 300 fine, CHF 500 court fees (which might be recovered in case he has legal insurance), and a suspended (on probation for two years) CHF 1050 monetary penalty.

Given good behavior the next two years, no other incident where a judge is involved, simple speeding tickets and parking fines paid on time are o.k, the CHF 1050 will never have to be paid. There will also be a criminal record entry which is publicly visible on an extract during the 2 year probation period. After that it is only visible to police, courts, and immigration authorities, but no longer on public extracts.

I assume that a payment slip will be sent once the sentence enters into legal force. There should be a section titled "Rechtsmittelbelehrung" on the letter where says something like it : "Ohne Einspruch innert X Tagen erwächst dem Strafbehl rechtskraft" / "Without any objection within X days the sentence enters into legal force". The section also says how you can object. People which can object are the accused as well as the state attorney. Objection from state attorney could happen. In Canton BE this is a sentence in the upper range, in canton AG it is one in the lower range.

Be aware of the following further consequences:

He will have to redo the driving license from scratch. Theory exam, road awareness course, practical exam, new probational license.

There might be another letter from the driving license authority about a "Sperrfirst" / "lockup period" of 6 months. before he can redo the driving license. This letter will come with an other hefty bill of ~CHF 200 - 300.
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