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California DMV & Law Enforcement Crack Down on Illegal Use of Disabled Placards

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.