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Coachella Fest and StageCoach Music Festival are two highlight events in the Coachella Valley.  Both events are weekend long music festivals which present many different musical artists to thousands of concertgoers.  Coachella Fest was expanded this year into two weekend events with identical lineups.  The two events brings in thousands of music loving people of all ages.

The event also brings in hundreds of arrests.  This year, between the two events (spanning three weekends) Riverside County Sheriffs, in a joint taskforce with other governmental agencies such as the DEA, arrested over six hundred (600) people.  The arrests were for blatant penal code and vehicle code violation, but were also the result of undercover operations.

One of the most common “crimes” which occurred this year was that of underage people using fake ids.  To get a wristband, a person had to show their identification card.  Once they had a wristband, he or she still had to show an id upon entering the beer garden.  Undercover cops were stationed at both the wristband station and the beer garden entrance.  If there was a questionable ID card, a venue employee would hand the ID to the undercover cop who would question the person.  If the cops found the ID to be fake, they would then ask the person if they had any contraband on them.  Under the guise of “checking for contraband relating to underage drinking” the cop would violate the person’s 4th Amendment rights by searching their person or belongings.

Many of the people were not actually arrested, but rather cited and released.  This means they were not taken into physical custody by the police, but given a ticket and told to go to court in Indio on a certain date.  To keep up with the number of arrests, the filing deputy district attorneys were working double time to get all the cases filed.  Some have still not been filed, but they have a year to do so.  Riverside county has implemented a new Diversion program for these fake ID arrests.  The person can plead guilty to a charge, complete one day of classes and/or community service, and upon successful completion the case will be dismissed.  The good thing about this program is that it will not hurt a person’s future.  Many of the people with these charges have no criminal record and are scared about the idea of having criminal charges on their record.  The diversion program will not hurt your future career or education opportunities.

The other two options are pleading to the straight misdemeanor (not at all a good idea) and pleading to an infraction.  An infraction is no more than a speeding ticket which will also not hurt your future endeavors.  The problem is that there is a possible loss of license at the discretion of the court.

The charges most common to these cases are Penal Code 148.9, which is false identification to a peace officer.  This is basically lying to the cops about who you are.  Even if you didn’t lie to the actual cop, but gave the fake ID to the venue employee, and told the cop your true identity because you were freaked out when the cop approached you, they are still charging you with this penal code section.  This charge would be easier to win in trial, depending on the specifics of your case.

The charge which the DA wants people to plead guilty to is Business and Professions Code 25661 which is false identification on a person under 21.  This charge is a bit trickier to win, but is not unwinnable.  Depending on the facts of your case, a good attorney can beat this charge at trial.  It is important to speak with an attorney regarding the specifics of your case.

These charges aren’t the end of the world, but they should still be taken very seriously.  If not handled correctly, you could end up with misdemeanors on your record.  You don’t want that.  Don’t let youthful indiscretion ruin your future employment and educational prospects.

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any questions about being a minor with a fake ID at Coachella Fest or Stagecoach.

Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

1701 N. Palm Canyon

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Palm Springs, CA 92262

(760) 778-8295

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There is an update on the arrests at Coachella the first weekend (4/13-4/15).  There were a reported 134 arrests by the end of the weekend.  The second weekend (4/20-4/22) there were 101 arrests.  Most of these arrests were for drug or alcohol related offenses.  According to many  concert goers, the police presence was highly felt.  Police were on foot, in cars and even on horseback!  They were on the surrounding streets, inside the concert grounds and walking through the camping areas.  To see a comparison of arrests this year to arrests from years past, click here.

What many concert attendees do not know, however, is that there was a strong UNDERCOVER police presence as well.  Cops went undercover in the concert area and the camping area in order to make drug and alcohol busts.  Many of the arrests were by undercover officers who pretended to be concert goers who wanted to buy drugs.

I spoke with the DA, Paul Zellerbach, who stated that his office was busy processing and filing cases from Coachella.  If you are one of the lucky few who got tickets and are planning on attending this weekend, be careful and aware.

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any questions about arrests at Coachella!

Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

A Criminal Defense Firm

PO Box 3297

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Office: (760) 237-8295

Cell: (760) 668-8295

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As of 10pm on Saturday night, 39 people had been arrested for drug or alcohol related offenses.  That arrest rate is up from the night before.  Concert goers and locals in the area are reporting a heavier police presence.  This means that people who are at the concert to have fun need to be on guard for police officers.  Don’t let an arrest ruin your fun weekend!

If you are one of the unlucky who get arrested, you need an attorney who understands the specifics of the concert and can represent you effectively!  Don’t get stuck with someone who doesn’t understand and can’t relate to you!

Stephanie Arrache is a local Palm Springs attorney who can help!

 

**** UPDATE 4/16/12: With the close of the first weekend of Coachella Fest, the final numbers are in.  There were ONE HUNDRED (100) arrests over the 3 days of the music and art festival.  Police officers definitely made their presence felt.  This serves as a warning to concert goers for the festival’s second weekend.  Especially with the concert falling on 4/20.  Police will be out en masse, so please be aware next weekend!

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, today!

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A Criminal Defense Firm

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Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Hi Coachella Fest goers.  This post is for you.  Well, it applies to all Coachella Valley people.  But, specifically, my intentions are to keep the concert goers safe and arrest free this weekend.  As always, the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache would rather have people be safe than get new clients.  The following are a list of

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Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any incidents at Coachella and need legal advice.

Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

A Criminal Defense Firm

PO Box 3297

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Office: (760) 237-8295

Cell: (760) 668-8295

www.stephaniearrache.com

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COACHELLA FEST 2012 DRIVING ROUTES AND ROAD CLOSURES

The following are road closures, expected delays and recommended routes for the two weekends during Coachella fest 2012 (April 13-15 and April 20-22).  There are 200,000 people expected both weekends, which means driving in the area will be treacherous at best.  Be careful and aware while driving.  Know that the Indio police department will be increasing their DUI saturation patrols while on the lookout for drunk drivers.  Drug and alcohol arrests make up more than half of the arrests during Coachella fest.

SLOW moving route during Coachella fest 2012

Delays will be especially difficult, they said, on the following roadways:

* Jefferson Street, southbound, from I-10 to Avenue 52
* Washington Street, southbound, from I-10 to Avenue 52
* Monroe Street, southbound, from I-10 to Avenue 52
* Highway 111 at Jefferson Street
* Highway 111 at Monroe Street
* I-10 exit eastbound at Jefferson
* I-10 exit eastbound at Monroe

 

CLOSED roads during Coachella fest 2012

The following roadways will be closed for the event:

* Avenue 49 between Hjorth Street and Monroe Street
* Avenue 50 between Madison Street and Jackson Street
* Hjorth Street between Avenue 49 and Avenue 50
* Madison Street between Avenue 49 and Avenue 52

 

RECOMMENDED routes during Coachella Fest 2012

In order to navigate around the traffic chaos, traffic officers recommend the following alternate routes:

* North and South travel, use Washington Street, Jackson Street, Calhoun Street and Golf Center Parkway
* East and West travel, use Fred Waring Drive, Miles Avenue, Avenue 52 and Avenue 48

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival brings music, art, fun and entertainment to the Coachella Valley every year.  Dating back to 1999, the festival boasts Ticketmaster free musical entertainment.

The problem is that cops know the music lovers are there to have fun, and therefore crack down on law enforcement.  In 2011, there were 49 arrests over the three day period.  20 were Friday, 16 Saturday and 13 Sunday.  33 of these were for drug or alcohol related offenses.  The Indio police department ups the number of cops on the streets conducting DUI saturation patrols.  There were over 200 people turned away for trespassing.  The police seemed to show leniency there, as those people could have been arrested as well.

In addition to the arrests of concert-goers, there were incidental arrests as well.  For example, two men were robbed of their wrist bands at knife point on Friday night during the festival in Palm Springs.  This means that those who are in the Valley for the festival need to be aware of threats to their safety by people who want to go to the concert but couldn’t get tickets.

This year there are two weekends of the festival, which means more opportunity for the police to make arrests during Coachella fest.  Please be on your toes and ensure you have a fun, safe and arrest-free time at Coachella fest.

 

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any questions about arrests during Coachella fest.

Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

A Criminal Defense Firm

PO Box 3297

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Office: (760) 237-8295

Cell: (760) 668-8295

www.stephaniearrache.com

www.facebook.com/palmspringslawyer