Re: Improper Display Or Presentation Of Disabled Person Placard
Your dad will have to go back to the DMV and apply for a new placard ... he may have to answer some embarrassing questions about why the police seized it, and it is possible they might not issue him another one for a while. I am not completely certain of the rules for re-issuing these.
If convicted of the offense as a misdemeanor, it could go on your local, DMV, and state criminal history record - yes. If dropped to an infraction and heard in traffic court, then it will only go into a local system and the DMV records if you are convicted.
You can contact the DA's office ahead of time, or at court. They may not speak to you without counsel, however. If this is being charged as a misdemeanor, then you may be eligible for a public defender which may be assigned at your arraignment (the first court hearing).
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