I was cited for using a disabled parking placard which did not belong to me but I was NOT parked in handicap designated parking stop. Yes...I know I am at fault, and I plan on pleading guilty, but is this become a criminal record for me or do I have to go to jail for it or just paying the fine also how long does the citation appear on the DMV printout??
The notice to appear is checked "traffic" at the top, but in the details below, next to the CVC4461(c) number, the "m" is circled as a misdameanor.
You should never plead guilty to a misdemeanor without consulting an attorney first. If you can't afford one, you will be provided the public defender. There might be ways to prevent a criminal record from happening to you and an attorney can discuss this with you.
As my colleague has mentioned, although you may believe you are "guilty" the burden is on the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt of this guilt.
An alleged violation such as the one you mentioned does carry a misdemeanor criminal charge. I have successfully, results vary, have had this similar alleged violation reduced to an infraction and a small fine owed to the court. Consult with an attorney to see which options, if any, are available to you.
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You should definitely speak to a attorney before you plead. It is a criminal record which carries with you and if you did not do what they are alleging you should fight. If you cannot afford a lawyer you can request the public defender. But don't do anything without thinking about your future employment history and what a criminal conviction may do to your ability to be employed. Good Luck to you.
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