Classification of crimes in criminal cases
The way in which a criminal offence is investigated and prosecuted depends on the type of crime involved. For these purposes criminal offences may be described in different ways.
Public order offences
The law on public order offences is mainly set down in the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, 1994. Find out more about the different types of offences
In Ireland the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 as amended by other legislation is the principal legislation that covers drug offences and the respective penalties.
Alcohol and the law
Laws in place regarding the serving of alcohol on licensed premises and off-licences, drinking in public and drink driving.
Drink driving offences
Drink driving is a very serious offence. Find out about the law on drink driving, including random breath testing, powers of the Gardai and procedures if you are arrested.
This document is in: Travel and Recreation Motoring Driving offences
The law on fireworks
In 2006 the law in relation to fireworks changed. The Gardaí now have the power to make arrests in relation to the possession of unlicensed fireworks. Find out more here.