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Re: Driving ban, fine OR jail?

Don't you have to pay board and lodging in the nick?
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Old 05.06.2019, 20:18
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My driving is a lot calmer in recent years (wisdom does come with age after all I guess) but i do still get caught mainly when I'm too slow to reduce speed when max goes from 120 to 100 to 80 or something. Typically due to me being on cruise control.

Anyway, got caught in Switzerland:
- 650 CHF fine
- plus 3 month driving ban

I called the number on the letter and the lady was very helpful. What I in the end understood was that the fine could be changed to a 3 day prison term. I'm seriously considering that - more for the experience than saving the money. Question: how are Swiss prisons? Should I expect 3 days of catching up with sleep, reading 1-2 good books and eating acceptable chow... OR should I be expecting 3 days of hell and continuous vigilence to not get treated like in American History X?

Oh, and does something like this in any way impact getting (eventually) a residence permit in Switzerland?
Alot of violence in jails-stabbings,beatings ,rape etc . Just to warn you
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>>You don't get to choose if you want to go to jail or go to prison


What's the difference between jail and prison?
Oh lol, that is dumb, maybe I should get checked for dementia (or plain stupidity)

It was ment to say: Don't get to choose if you want to pay or go to prison.
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Old 05.06.2019, 21:11
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What sort of job do you have that only pays 30/day?

Tom
I dont have a job here, no permit, I get 800 a month from my ex as he refused to pay the full amount.

I've had to submit so many bank statements, they know every penny I spend my now
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Alot of violence in jails-stabbings,beatings ,rape etc . Just to warn you
We are not in the US.

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Old 06.06.2019, 08:45
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Re: Driving ban, fine OR jail?

Swiss jails are known for cruel and unusual punishment. They feed you fondue and müsli.
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Old 06.06.2019, 09:14
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Alot of violence in jails-stabbings,beatings ,rape etc . Just to warn you



This is not Australia here, my dear
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What's the difference between jail and prison?
Actually they're not the same
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Old 06.06.2019, 14:26
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Actually they're not the same



Not quite, a jail is usually or can be a local lock up under the plod station for instance, a prison is a specifically designated building
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Actually they're not the same
In Switzerland there was once a distinction between Gefängnis == Jail (NA) and Zuchthaus == Prison (NA) sentences. This distinction was abolished 2007/
https://www.nzz.ch/articleES75O-1.86249

NA == North American English.
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