On a recent visit to Belgium, I was fined for an alleged traffic offence as a pedestrian. In brief, I didn't notice an order by hand signal, because it was given outside my field of view. I doubt that the fine was justified.
Belgian police made me pay on the spot. They're entitled to do this because I'm not living in their country.
Before I paid the fine, I told the policeman that I didn't agree and would complain about the fine. He replied, "you pay, then you can complain".
What he didn't tell me was that I would have had to file a formal complaint immediately to turn the fine into some kind of deposit and reserve the right to object. I was informed about this subtlety only when I wrote to the police office a few days later from home.
When the policeman had handed me the payment receipt, I asked him if there was anything else, and he said we were finished. In his favour, I assume he simply forgot about my intent to complain.
Is there anything I could do to object and have the case reviewed?
I should add that, although I had to pay a considerable amount (174 euro), it probably won't pay off to hire a lawyer.
Thanks for any helpful replies.
(Admins, feel free to move this question to 'travel' or wherever it fits best.)