My daughter pulled the car in front of the restaurant to pick me up, she stopped in a handicapped spot and I jumped in the car.?
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Yes, the citation is valid and your daughter will be found guilty on a strict liability theory even if she never parked the vehicle in that handicapped spot. Physically presence in the car in a handicapped spot even momentarily is enough.
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This is a very serious offense. You should hire an attorney to assist your daughter with this matter right away. The sooner you hire an attorney, the better.
If the car was not moving, it was parked, even with the engine still running. It is a violation of 625 ILCS 5/11-1301.3 to park in a handicapped spot without displaying registration plates or decals issued to a person with disabilities, so the ticket appears to have been warranted in this case.