In the state of California, it is illegal to misuse a disabled placard.
If you are arrested for using a disabled placard that was not issued to
you, you can be charged with a
misdemeanor offense. The penalties you can face for illegal use of a disabled placard include:
- Up to 6 Months in County Jail
- A $1,000 Fine, Plus Penalty Assessments
Under California Vehicle Code §4461, the following acts are considered
illegal use of a disability parking placard:
- The lawful holder of a disabled placard lending their placard to another person
- Displaying a disabled placard not issued to you
- Displaying an issued disabled placard that has been cancelled or revoked
- Parking in a handicap spot and displaying a disabled license plate that
was issued to another person
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and other law enforcement
agencies have begun to crack down on the illegal use of disability parking
placards. When a person is accused of misusing a disabled placard, police
officers will check the name registered to the license plate, against
the name printed on the disabled placard. If the names do not match up,
the person can face arrest.
The crack down by DMV and police agencies is the result of Senate Bill
611. The bill was written by Sen. Jerry Hill and D-San Mateo and signed
into law by California Governor Brown on October 04, 2017. SB611 was made
in response to an audit that showed as many as 35,000 parking placards
were issued to Californians whom the Social Security Death Master File
listed as deceased.
Have you been arrested or fined for using a disabled parking placard? Contact our Dublin misdemeanor defense attorney
to learn how we can help you today.