. I am an " In Home Support Services” employee for the County of Los Angeles. The placard was issued to my patient and I just forgot to hang it up on the mirror in my car
Interesting. Thanks for sharing. Did you have a legal question? If you want to contest the ticket take your placard AND your patient to court. You might still have a problem because the placard is not issued to you. Retain a traffic attorney for best chance of success--these citations come with LARGE fines.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--Former Prosecutor--20 years experience.
The placard is not issued to you . You should retain an attorney and fight this . You will need to supply proof of your job and duties for that patient that day.
ANDREW ROBERTS CRIMINAL AND TRAFFIC TICKET DEFENSE ATTORNEY
I am a bit unclear about an important fact. Was the patient with you at the time? If so, you would likely have the right to park there. Take that information, the placard, and any other information about the patient with you to court. Be nice to the prosecutor, because he doesn't have to dismiss the ticket- Not displaying the placard is still a violation.
You should definitely retain an attorney for help with this matter. Hopefully your patient/client can go to Court with you or at least sign an affidavit articulating the facts to show the Prosecutor. Hopefully the prosecutor will realize you were not just parking in handicap zone out of laziness or disrespect and reduce the ticket substantially.
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