Can I suggest putting €100 in the poor box ...
That's not the case, a judge has such discretion, a Garda does not.However, if you wanted to avoid a court appearance I’m surprised the Garda didn’t give you the opportunity to do so. AFAIK before being asked to make a statement you could just have accepted the accusation and taken the punishment.
Unfortunately in these Covid times I will have to withdraw my kind offer of visiting, but, rest assured when Covid has lifted, I'll be there, cake and file in tow. We may have to hatch a better plan though, before then, because perhaps Andy's method was bettermathepac,
Very sorry to hear about all this. Hope things go your way. If they don't I promise even if no one else goes to visit you in prison I'll be there with the cake with built in file sure I'm even looking up the recipe already. I think you mentioned somewhere that stripes/arrows suit you best