Contrary to popular belief, disability placard forgery is a crime in the state of California and is absolutely something that you can be penalized for. The statue that governs how the state of California deals with those who have committed this crime can be found in the California Vehicle Code 4461 VC. 4461 VC strictly prohibits the following methods of misuse in regards to disability parking placards such as: a lawful holder lending the placard to someone else who does not need it, a person displaying a placard that has been revoked or cancelled or a person who parks in a parking space that is designated for those with disabilities that has a special disabled license plate that was legally issued to someone else.
Possible penalties for violating this provision include: a fine that is potentially between $250 and $1,000 and/or a six month sentence in jail. Given the severity of these sanctions, it is highly recommended that you retain counsel to represent you if you have been charged with disability placard forgery in the state of California. The reason for this is that there are several defenses to this charge that may be beneficial to your case. For example, some of these possible defenses include that you were transporting a person who was disabled when you were cited or you did not knowingly let another person who was not disabled use your placard for their own personal use.
Our law firm specializes in cases that are related to disability placard forgery in the state of California. If you have been charged with disability placard forgery in regards to using a placard illegally or producing them for others, we are absolutely here to help. The best way to see if our firm is a proper fit for your upcoming case is to schedule a consultation appointment with us in order to see whether your case has legal merit. Once it is determined that you do have a legally valid case, our associate will determine if we have no other clients whose interests conflict with your case. If all of our requirements of providing zealous representation are met, you may decided to retain our legal counsel by signing a retainer agreement in which a set price is agreed upon. Once you have retained our services as your legal counsel, we will formulate prospective arguments for your case based on the unique facts you presented to us. This will give us many possible avenues to pursue in order to have your charges reduced and/or dropped in the long term.
Thus, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today regarding your disability placard forgery charges. We would be absolutely elated to assist you in your upcoming legal matter and are committed to providing zealous and ethical legal representation to you. By reaching out to our firm today, you can be one step closer to getting your upcoming legal matter taken care of and moving on towards your long term goals.
Lawful Use of a Disability Placard
The intended use of disability placards is to give disabled drivers permission to use handicapped parking spaces. Recipients typically have impaired mobility or have lost the use of both hands due to a disease or disability. A temporary or permanent placard may be obtained after submitting proper documentation, but each does have an expiration date. It’s legal to drive a vehicle that displays a disability placard or license plate if you park the car in a regular, unreserved spot. If you were unaware that someone else was in possession of your valid placard, you are not in violation of the law.
The parking privileges granted to those with a valid placard include:
– On-street metered spaces with no fees
– Any parking spaces featuring the wheelchair symbol (International Symbol of Access)
– Use of spots next to a blue curb
– No time limit in spots next to a green curb that indicate limited time parking
Disability Placard Misuse
It is illegal to use an expired placard, use a placard that does not belong to you, display or be in possession of a placard that is counterfeit, or use incorrect information to obtain a disability placard. The same laws apply if you have a placard revoked or cancelled because it’s no longer considered valid. In addition, it’s illegal to lend your placard to another person if they are not actively providing your transportation. These situations are considered placard abuse, and there are legal consequences if caught.
Possible Penalties for Disability Placard Misuse
An investigation of the case circumstances is going to determine if the handicapped parking fraud is charged as a simple infraction or a misdemeanor. The lesser charge is a $250 to $1,000 fine that must be paid by the defendant that was illegally parked in a handicap spot. An individual is going to have the same fine, in addition to a maximum of six months in jail, for a first-time misdemeanor conviction. The court might also add a civil penalty of $1,500 in some circumstances. Repeat offenders of handicap parking fraud might have their fine raised to a maximum of $3,500.
Circumstances that would result in additional charges include the production of counterfeit placards, attempting to pass a false or forged handicapped parking placard, or unlawfully selling a placard.
If caught misusing a disabled parking placard, providing false information to the police officer is an additional misdemeanor offense. Fraudulently using a service dog or claiming to be a trainer is a misdemeanor offense that could result in six months in county jail with a $1,000 fine.
Legal Representation in Your Disability Placard Misuse Case
Plenty of defendants facing charges of misusing disability placards do not realize that it’s considered a serious offense. Our experienced defense attorneys will discuss your case with confidentiality and without judgement. It’s in your best interest to have our firm on your side to ensure the best outcome in your criminal case. We will do what it takes to evaluate the details of your case to provide the absolute best defense.
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