Cars can only be released on payment of the relevant fine. Depending on who issued the fine, there are different appeals processes in place to try to get your money back if you believe the fine was unjustified.
Section 110 of the Act provides for penalties by way of fine and/or imprisonment for any person who knowingly gives information that is false or misleading to the Garda Ombudsman. Where we believe that there is sufficient evidence that such an offence has been committed, we send a file to the DPP.
If your complaint is investigated, Garda Headquarters and gardaí involved may be given any information on your complaint form (including your name), in the course of the investigation. If your complaint cannot be dealt with by GSOC however, they will be notified that a complaint was made and the nature of it, but will not be given the details (including your name).
Chapter 4 and Appendices A and B of the Protocols between the two
organisations are about investigations that coincide.
Where a referral is made to GSOC by An Garda Síochána, GSOC has a
responsibility to investigate the matter, and this may include investigation
of civilian behaviour as well as garda behaviour.