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Hi Folks,

I had a "pleasure" to have a random check by Italian police officers when driving in La Bella Italia and my offence was that I have forgotten my car papers from home (Auto Ausweis). As I am owner of the car they could check it with radio that all is fine, but this check costed my around 100 EUR which I paid on spot with my credit card.

The officers mentioned that I should also let know the Swiss Police, so they can mark something in the system, so after coming back to home I had a visit in the police station where I was informed that in all their system all looks fine and maybe I could check with Strassenverkehrsamt as well which I also did and they confirmed that all is fine.

Here comes a twist ...

Some two months later I got a letter from Italian police with a fine for over 400 EUR for failing to show my car papers to the police after the first incident. There was written a procedure that I can object this decision to some sort of Court of Peace which I did.. Now the plot gets even better because I have just received an invitation to come to the court I present my case (in italian I assume ;-).

Do you have any experience with dealing with italian courts / online lawyers that can provide some letter templates or even how to avoid traveling there in the middle of a week?
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Old 22.12.2019, 15:34
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Do you have legal insurance?

Otherwise:

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My response also. It's like a series of unfortunate events. But I'm not laughing at the OP, just the situation. So, did you get a receipt from the Italian cops? If you did, write to the Italian court with proof, explaining that there is no case to answer. If they're normal, rational human beings (a big IF, I'm afraid), they'll tell you not to bother.

(Source - various situations arising in various situations where local law enforcement have fsked up admin procedures. Courts would far rather shut it down before expense is incurred).
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My response also. It's like a series of unfortunate events. But I'm not laughing at the OP, just the situation.
Likewise, based on personal experience.

I have a bunch of friends who are lawyers in Italy, they aren't any cheaper than here.

Pay the 400, it'll be far cheaper.

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Likewise, based on personal experience.

I have a bunch of friends who are lawyers in Italy, they aren't any cheaper than here.

Pay the 400, it'll be far cheaper.

Tom
With the OPs luck so far, I would no be surprised if it is too late as he has already started a process and got a court date.....
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I just wanted to share with you that luckily my Legal Insurance stated that it seems that I am right in this case and they will cover the fines from Italy (probably it is cheaper for them to pay it instead of in depth analysing it ;-)

So guys - I can not recommend you more to have a legal insurance in Switzerland - it is a big help for just a relatively small price and such things can happen to anyone :-)
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This time it went well, but in the future inform yourself what actually happens when you object.
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