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Think Before You Park in a Handicapped Spot to Which You Aren’t Entitled; the Illinois State Bar Explains Why

Question: What fines can people now expect to pay for violating laws related to handicap parking spaces? Answer: Fines in Illinois for those who illegally use handicap parking plates or decals have increased in 2013 to $600 from $500. Those caught making counterfeit placards will see their fines increase to $1,000. Punishment is even stiffer for those who use handicap plates of those who have died: fines start at $2,500 and come with a mandatory suspension of driving privileges for six months. Doctors who submit false paperwork to help someone get a disabled plate will face a newly-established fine of $1,000. For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.comIf you have a legal question, send it to llinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit