Sec 4461 of the California Penal Code penalizes the misuse of handicap placards for parking and other purposes. These are as follows:

  • Lending another person your validly issued handicap placard to an individual not entitled to use such handicap placards;
  • Knowing permission to use by another individual who is not entitled to this benefit;
  • Display of a disability parking placard not validly issued to the user by the Department of Motor Vehicles;
  • Use of another’s vehicle that displays a valid disability placard and parking in a spot reserved for disabled persons.

These provisions exempt an individual when actively transporting a disabled person.

When convicted of this offense, the following are the applicable penalties:

  1. Civil penalties between $250 and $1,000;
  2. Misdemeanor offense with an imposable penalty of up to six (6) months in a county jail and a fine between $250 and $1,000;
  3. In lieu of the fines or in addition to the aforementioned, the court may in its discretion impose a $1,500 civil penalty.

The crime of possessing concealed dirks, daggers or explosives is a serious offense in California. Should you be or know anyone undergoing this process, do reach out to the lawyers at the Law Offices of Ramiro J. Lluis for a free consultation today.