Did you get a fine?

Did you get a fine?

If you are caught speeding, the police will give you a fine. Similarly, a fine may be issued if you drive a vehicle subject to a prohibition of use due to unpaid vehicle tax. In ordinary cases like these, a process called the fine procedure is used. 

Clear cases in which the police can use the fine procedure often include such offences as petty theft, traffic violations, public order violations or fishing violations. 

Matters resolved in the fine procedure must be simple

The police may impose a fine only in simple and clear matters. The case must not involve any difficult or unclear legal issues requiring evidence or interpretation. 

The purpose of the fine procedure is to speed up and facilitate the processing of clear issues. Some of the fines imposed by the police are no longer submitted to the prosecutor for consideration. 

Consent required for imposing a fine

The police can resolve the matter by imposing a fine if both the injured party and the suspect give their consent for the fine procedure. 

In practice, it means that in the situation where the fine is imposed the police inform the parties about the fine procedure and the significance of giving consent. At the same time, the police asks both parties for their consent. 

By giving his or her consent, the suspect agrees to the fine procedure and waives his or her right to an oral hearing at a district court. If no consent has been given to one or the other, the police may not resolve the case by imposing a fine. 

Fine request 

The police may issue a fine request to impose a sanction of fine on an offence. Most typical criminal matters punishable by a fine order include traffic offences and petty theft. In such cases, the fine imposed is calculated as day fines, the amount of which is based on the income of the person suspected of the offence. 

Fixed petty fine orders or fine orders are not submitted to the prosecutor for consideration. 

Police provide guidance on fine procedure and explains how the matter proceeds

You do not need to know the various types of fines, but the police will inform you about how your case will be resolved and how it will proceed. 

You will also find the instructions on what the fine procedure and consenting to it mean in the print-out of the fine decision given to you by the police. The instructions on how to appeal the decision are also provided in the print-out.