Former member of An Garda Siochana

Representing people charged with road traffic and criminal law offences in courts across Ireland.

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Patrick Horan is a former member of An Garda Siochana and worked in that organisation for 10 years (1997-2007).

He specialises in Road Traffic Law in general and offences which carry a mandatory disqualification from driving in particular e.g. Dangerous Driving, Drink Driving, Drug Driving, Hit and Run and No Insurance. 

In November 2021 lawyers who have worked with Patrick secured an acquittal in a drug driving case using the defence of non-compliance with specific equipment guidelines.

It was the first-recorded use of the defence in Ireland.

In February 2022 Patrick's firm successfully defended a motorist accused of drink driving using the defence of Duress. 

It was the first-recorded use of the defence in Ireland. 

In the same case, the defence of Necessity was also successfully established in court. 

Again, it was the first-recorded use of that specific defence in a drink driving prosecution in Ireland. 

Unless specifically instructed by his client to do otherwise, Patrick always pleads not guilty to the charges before the court and fights every prosecution. 

Drink & Drug Driving

Drink & Drug Driving

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Drink Driving
Road traffic
criminal law
drink driving procedure
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Patrick's knowledge of the Irish criminal justice system was gained from 10 years working in An Garda Siochana at the rank of Garda. 

During that period (1997-2007) he was stationed in Carlow, Monaghan (border security during the Foot and Mouth crisis in 2001) and Cork City. 

Since he left the organisation in 2007 he has retained close contact with members of the Force right around the country.

He speaks to these Gardai daily, who advise him on the latest changes within the Force.