California has been taking a stand against Unlawful Use of Disabled Placard (VC 4461(c)).
The crackdown trickled down to the music festivals in the Coachella Valley this year. At both Coachella Music Festival and Stagecoach Music Festival, local law enforcement issued several citations for Unlawful Use of Disabled Placard. In years past, general and handicapped parking was all in one lot. In 2017, parking attendants and law enforcement flagged drivers with handicapped placards through to a separate area. Upon pulling into the handicapped parking, officers stopped drivers to check credentials. This allowed police to issue citations without giving people a chance to not park their cars.
There are several ways a person can be found guilty of Unlawful Use of Disabled Placard in California
Use of someone’s placard who is not in the car
Use of a deceased person’s placard
Allowing another person to use your disabled placard
Driving someone else’s car with a disabled placard and using it to park in reserved handicapped parking
CVC 4461 is a wobbler, meaning it can be charged as an infraction or a misdemeanor. If charged as an infraction, there is a fine of $250 to $1000. If the crime is charged as a misdemeanor, a person is facing fines and up to 6 months in jail. Citations for Unlawful Use of Disabled Placard at Coachella Music Festival and Stagecoach Music Festivals in 2017 were all charged at misdemeanors. Not only is a person facing jail time, but they are also required to appear in court to fight the case. It is not something for which they can merely send in a check. They are facing actual criminal convictions.
If you or a loved one were cited art Coachella or Stagecoach for Unlawful Use of Disabled Placard, contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache for a free consultation. We have handled many such citations in a way that left our client’s records free and clear. Call us today to see how we can help you!