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What is Handicap Parking Fraud? CA Vehicle Code (CVC) 4461

If there is one thing that will quickly upset people, it is seeing a "normal" looking person using a handicap placard—so much so in fact that many are quick to report it regardless of whether or not they know the "suspect" is disabled or not. In fact, there are even websites to report alleged misuse of handicap placards. The crime of misuse of disability placards is covered under California Vehicle Code (CVC) 4461.

You an be found guilty of this crime if you:

  • Knowingly permit an ineligible person to use your validly issued handicap placard
  • Use a disability parking placard that was not issued to you by the DMV
  • Drive someone's car that displays a valid disability placard and park in a handicap spot

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Deliberate Misuse of Disability Placard in Orange County

If you have been charged with misuse of disability placards, understand this isn't something to brush off, because it could result in jail time, steep fines, and even suspension of your license. But don't despair! The Orange County attorneys at Law Office of Michael L. Guisti are here to fight to have your fraud charges reduced or dismissed.

Some people suffer from disabilities that are not always visible; these people may appear "normal," but they have documented reasons for being issued a handicap placard. Regrettably, some individuals get caught up in somebody wanting to take the moral high-ground and report them to police, which results in criminal charges being pressed. Contact us for skilled criminal defense against such accusations.

Transporting Somebody Else

Most people get caught up in this charge when they are used to transporting a disabled person, but utilize a handicap sport when that person is not in the car at the time. In many cases, a passerby will observe you as a "normal" looking person misusing the handicap placard and parking spot and call that police. As long as you were transporting somebody else at the time you cannot be guilty of this crime.

Never Gave Permission to Use Placard

If you never gave any sort of permission to use your handicap placard then you cannot be charged with allowing others to use your placard. As part of your defense, our attorney can help prove that you never authorized misuse of your placard.

If Convicted...

The crime of misusing disability placards is charged as a misdemeanor. If convicted, you will face upwards of $2,500 in fines and up to 6 months in jail. Under CVC 4463(b) and (c), if caught using counterfeit disability placards, in addition to the fines and jail time listed above, you face up to $2,500 in fines and up to 6 months in jail. We can help you seek a favorable outcome that avoids these penalties.

Call Our Orange County Criminal Attorneys Now!

This is a misdemeanor, meaning it will go on your record if convicted, which is why you must call our Orange County fraud defense attorneys at (714) 530-9690 now. Many innocent people get caught up in this crime simply because they don't "look disabled," which is why Law Office of Michael L. Guisti is here to help get rid of this problem and get you back on with your life.


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