California Vehicle Code §4461(b) makes it unlawful for someone to use a handicap placard for something other than it’s purpose. It allows for a person who has not been issued the handicap placard to use it, if the person for whom it has been issued is in close proximity or is being transported. It has been previously mentioned by many Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys that this is a serious charge that should not be taken lightly.
The statute itself outlines the possible consequences as follows:
A violation of this subdivision is subject to the issuance of a notice of parking violation imposing a civil penalty of not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) and not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), for which enforcement shall be governed by the procedures set forth in Article 3 (commencing with Section 40200) of Chapter 1 of Division 17 or is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) and not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six months, or both that fine and imprisonment.