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Coachella 2013 (Survival Guide)

This year, Coachella Music and Art Fesitval in Indio, has an amazing lineup of artists and performers.  Paul Oakenfold, Social Distortion (or Social D as they’re more commonly known), Tegan and Sara, Wu-Tang Clan, and 2 Chainz are just a few of the amazing performers in the lineup.

Personally, I’m more into The Stone Roses, Descendents and Dropkick Murphys.  My favorite band for the past 20+ years, Red Hot Chili Peppers, are of course headlining Coachella this year.

The point of this all is to say that there are attorneys who can relate to you and the festival.  This in turn can help you defend your case in the event that you are arrested.  The following is information to help you keep from getting arrested.  If you drink, take a cab or have a designated driver.  Be on the lookout for cops.  Don’t sell drugs.  Don’t get into fights.  Just enjoy the music and follow those simple rules, and Coachella 2013 will be a fond memory for you.  If you do happen to find yourself in hot water with the police, then call the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache for immediate help!  You need a criminal defense attorney in Indio who understands you, the festival and the law.  You need an Indio criminal defense attorney who can fight to protect your rights.  You need an Indio criminal defense attorney who you can depend on.  You need Indio criminal defense attorney Stephanie M. Arrache!

Empire Polo Grounds Map

The Empire Polo Grounds, where Coachella Music and Arts Festival is held in Indio, California, is a huge facility!  It is easy to become separated from your friends and lost.  I’ve attached a map so friends can plan ahead to know where they’re going, where they can meet up if separated, where the bands are playing, to basically know everything they need to know.  Very importantly, it is going to be in the 90′s this weekend (sorry Mid-West and East Coast!!) so it is important to know where the water refill stations are!  If you are drinking, please be sure to drink water too, or the effects can be harmful and possibly lead to your arrest.  Be aware and enjoy the festival responsibly!

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On-Site Camping

Of course the best way to not get arrested for DUI is to stay on-site. Camping at the Empire Polo Grounds is a great option for those festival attendees who want to just stay on-site all weekend. The Coachella Fesitval website has some information available.

http://www.coachella.com/travel-lodging/on-site-camping

Some pertinent information:

*Each camper must be 18 years of age or older

*Each camper must have their own festival pass

*Onsite camping opens Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 9:00am and closes on Monday, April 15, 2013 at noon. Early arrival is highly recommended. Cars can check in at 9am on Thursday until 2am, and starting at 9am FRI-Sun (until 11PM). 24 hours for pedestrians.

*Cars cannot leave the camping area between 10pm and 2am

*No wrapped or sponsored vehicles allowed

*No glass containers

*No pets

*No drugs or drug paraphernalia (you are subject to search at any time! Law enforcement will and does conduct undercover operations to discover any illegal activity!)

On-site camping amenities

The Coachella festival sponsors want you to enjoy camping on-site and want to make life easy for you. They offer the following amenities:

*Public showers

*Pubic restrooms

*Cell phone charging stations

*Internet cafe and free wifi

*General Store

*Yoga/pilates:

Friday through Sunday

Yoga: 8am – 9am / 9am – 10am
Pilates: 10:15am – 11:15am

Massages:

Chair massages are available for $1/per minute

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COACHELLA 2013 TAXI/SHUTTLE SERVICES

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 taxi and shuttle services which are available to Coachella Fest goers.  However, as there are thousands of people expected in the Valley, it’s always wisest to book early.

American Cab: 760-322-4444

Airport Taxi: 760-328-CABS (2227)

Yellow Cab of the Desert: 760-568-3838

SunBus: 1-800-347-8628 http://www.sunline.org/

Private limo: 760-404-4531

Vans and Sedans: (800) 233-6393

COACHELLA 2013 DRIVING ROUTES AND ROAD CLOSURES

The following are road closures, expected delays and recommended routes for the two weekends during Coachella 2013 (April 12-14 and April 19-21). 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 2013

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 2013

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 2013

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

ARRESTS FROM 2012

Last year, there were 235 arrests over the 2 weekend period.  Most of those arrests were drug or alcohol related.  There were so many arrests for underage drinkers/fake IDs that the Riverside District Attorney created a whole new program to deal with them.  We at the Law of Stephanie M. Arrache helped many people successfully get these charged dismissed against them.

There were also many undercover operations targeting drug sales.  Many people were entrapped and arrested for selling drugs.  Many of these were good people who never even intended or tried to sell drugs.  These cases are very defensible.

The Indio police join forces with several other law enforcement agencies to conduct the under cover operations.  They are involved in all aspects of the Coachella Fest arrests.

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A California joint task force “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is starting  today, August 17, and ending Labor Day on Sept. 3.  This will create more DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols.  Remember that it is always safer, wiser and cheaper to have a designated driver, or call a cab.  We at the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache would rather people drive safe than get new clients.

 

8/17/12

Encinitas- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Glendale- undisclosed location, from 8pm-3am

Los Angeles- Hollywood Blvd, between Bronson and Gower, 7pm-3am

Moreno Valley- undisclosed location 8:30pm- 3am. There will also be roving patrols in Moreno Valley

Ontario- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Palm Springs- undisclosed location, 8pm-3am

Pasadena- undisclosed location, 8pm-2:30am

Redlands- on westbound San Bernardino Ave, between University and Church, 10:30pm-3am

San Bernardino- undisclosed location in southeast end of city, 6pm-2am

San Marcos- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Santee- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Temecula- undisclosed location, 9pm- 3am

Thermal- undisclosed location, 6pm – 2am

Saturation Patrols: El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo and Torrance

 

8/18/12

Burbank- undisclosed location, 7pm-3am

Chino- undisclosed location, 7pm-2am

Covina- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Hemet- undisclosed location, 8pm-2am

Norco- undisclosed location, 8pm-3am

Perris- undisclosed location 6pm-2am

Rancho Mirage- undisclosed location, 9pm-4am

San Diego- Lemon Grove, 6pm-2am

Santa Monica- undisclosed location, 7pm-3am

Saturation Patrols: El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo and Torrance

 

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any questions about DUI checkpoints or if you were arrested at a checkpoint.

 

Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

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Palm Springs, CA 92262

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The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 8/10/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and Long Beach Counties:

Escondido- at an undisclosed location, between 6pm-3am

Los Angeles- at Broadway, between Daly and Griffen, between 8pm-2am

Oceanside- at an undisclosed location, between 8pm-3am

Palm Springs- at an undisclosed location, between 8pm-3am

Palmdale- at an undisclosed location, between 6pm-2am

Poway- at an undisclosed location, between 6pm-2am

West Hollywood- at an undisclosed location, between 7pm-3am

Whittier- at an undisclosed location, between 7pm-3am

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any questions about DUI checkpoints or if you were arrested at a checkpoint.

Cases are won or lost daily based on eyewitness ID.  People are incarcerated unfairly based on wrong eyewitness ID.  People waste time in jail for crimes they did not commit based on eyewitness ID.  Identification plays a significant role in the criminal justice system.  Suppose a person sees someone with a gun running out of a liquor store that was just robbed.  That person will then give a description to cops of what he suspect looked like.  He or she may look at pictures of potential suspects, or sit down with a sketch artist to describe the person.  There are so many flaws with this system.

People’s memories are flawed.  People do not retain images as a camera would.  People miss certain facts, or remember what they want to remember.  Add the element of a crime taking place, and elevated heart rate and blood flow, and their ability to remember is even more impacted.  Even if a person is unbiased, they cannot remember everything.

Bias does play a significant role in eyewitness ID.  If a person thinks he or she knows who is committing the crime, they may give attributes of that person to the description.  Racial bias also plays an important role.  In scientific studies, cross-racial identifications are often wrong, as the person states how he or she perceives the race as a whole and does not look for distinguishing characteristics.

Lighting, distance and view inhibitors also play a major role in witness identifications.  If it is dark, then the witness cannot see as clearly.  If they are far away, or there is something in the way, likewise, it is impossible for the witness to see clearly.  If the person has been drinking, that plays a role.  There are so many factors to witness identification which can go wrong.  All aspects need to be considered and analyzed when a case hinges on witness ID.

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any questions about witness identification (ID).

 

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Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

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Palm Springs, CA 92262

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The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 6/29/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and Long Beach Counties:

Escondido- checkpoint at undisclosed location between 6:00pm and 12:00am; roving saturation patrol until 3am

Fountain Valley- undisclosed location, between 9:00pm and 3:00am

Modesto- undisclosed location, between 10:00pm and 3:00am

Newport Beach- Dover Dr at 16th St, between 8:00pm and 1:30am

Palm Desert- Undisclosed location, between 9:00pm and 3:00am

Palmdale- undisclosed location between 6:00pm and 2:00am

Rancho Santa Margarita- undisclosed location, between 6:30pm to 2:30am

Redondo Beach- undisclosed location, between 7:00pm and 2:00am

Santa Ana- 2300 block of W. Fifth St, between 7:30pm and 1:30am

 

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any questions about DUI checkpoints or if you were arrested at a checkpoint.

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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Many clients ask me about whether cops can search their cell phones upon arrest.  The answer, as terrible as it may be, is YES!!!  The California Supreme Court declared that cell phone searches incident to arrest are legal and do not violate a person’s Constitutional rights.  Normally, for a cop to conduct a search of your person or premises, they must have a warrant.  An exception to this is a search incident to arrest.  This means that a cop has the right to search your person when you have been placed under arrest in order to document everything on you.  This is done under the guise of making sure that you get all your property back when you leave custody.  Arguably, it’s a reason to rifle through your pockets when they don’t have probable cause to do so otherwise.  The cops can now claim leeway in snooping through your cell phone as a search incident to arrest.

In 2011, the California Supreme Court included snooping through your cell phone, including reading private text messages, as searches allowable as “incident to arrest”.  Anything they find there can be used against you to either enforce current investigations or to start new investigations.  For example, let’s say that you are arrested for possession of meth.  The cops do not have anything to tie you to a sales charge, other than a large amount that they found with you when you were arrested.  They take you to the station and proceed to book you.  One of the cops takes your cell phone and starts scrolling through your messages.  In between texts to your mother about what time to be home for dinner, and a text to your buddy about the recent football game, the cops stumble upon a text you sent that reads a lot like a plan to sell the drugs “Meet me in the alley b hind KMart with cash.  I’ll have the dope.” There you go- you have now picked up a sales charge.

Or, let’s say you are being charged with a robbery.  The cops want to charge you with a gang enhancement, but just don’t have enough to pin that on you just yet.  They look through your phone.  Oh, here’s texts from Pookie and Lil G, two known and reputable gang higher-ups.  There’s the proof for the enhancement.

While this blog no way endorses drug sales or drug use, it does aim at protecting people from harming themselves by way of additional evidence which cops can now attain.  Do not put things in writing.  Do not save old messages.  Do not leave your phone without password protection.

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any questions about cell phone searches incident to arrest.

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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The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Saturday 6/9/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and Long Beach Counties:

 

Azusa at an undisclosed location between 6pm and 2am

Inglewood at an undisclosed location from 8pm to 3am

Pacoima on Glen Oaks Blvd between Pierce and Gain from 8pm to 3am

Pasadena DUI saturation patrol from 8pm to 3am

Norco at an undisclosed location from 8pm to 3am

Hemet at an undisclosed location from 7pm to 3am

 

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any questions about DUI checkpoints or if you were arrested at a checkpoint.

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

 

 

If you are facing criminal charges, there are several ways to get you into court: Summons or Arrest.

Arrest to get you in to criminal court. An arrest warrant must be signed by a judge prior to issuing it.  If a cop has reason to suspect that you committed a crime, he or she must get the arrest warrant before going to pick you up.  The exception to this is if a cop sees a crime take place, he or she can take place the person under arrest without first obtaining a warrant. A private citizen can make an arrest if they witness a crime take place. If a person is arrested, he or she must be brought in front of a judge within 48 hours, excluding weekends and court holidays.

Summons to get you in to criminal court.  Sometimes, the cops and DA’s feel that an arrest is not necessary.  They believe that the person will appear in court at a specified time and at a specified location.  Sometimes this is accomplished through what is referred to as a “cite and release”.  This means that you were in police custody but they let you go on a written promise to appear.  You signed a piece of paper stating that you will appear in court at a predetermined time and place.  This is common when it is a low level misdemeanor, like a DUI.  Many times you are not required to bail out, and can just be let out on a written promise to appear.  It is up to you to make sure you know when and where you are to go to court, as it is your responsibility to get yourself there.  If you do not show up, there it is a failure to appear, and the judge will issue a bench warrant.  This time, you will get taken into custody.  With a cite and release, the cops will normally go through the booking process before you are released, meaning that they will take your photo, fingerprints, get your contact information and have you sign the promise.  They will then let you go on your promise to return to court.

There are some cases where a summons to appear cannot be issues instead of an arrest, meaning that the cops must place you under arrest to get you to court.  The following list is codified under Penal Code 813(e).

1) the offense charged involves violence, a firearm, or resisting arrest

2) there are outstanding arrest warrants for the defendant

3) the prosecution of this or other offenses would be jeopardized

4) there is a reasonable likelihood that the offense would continue or the safety of persons or property would be jeopardized

5) there is reason to believe the defendant would not appear at the time specified

 

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, for more information on arrests or summons to appear.

 

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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I can’t tell you how many times I have walked into a courtroom and my client is not there.  I wait around hoping he shows up, and try to beg time for him or her to get there.  Finally, when time has run out and the judge calls my case and asks where my client is, I have to give a blank stare and say “Uh, I don’t know.”

I can’t tell you how many times I hear from said client a few days later when he or she informs me that they had been arrested days, hours, minutes before going to court and couldn’t get ahold of me because they couldn’t remember my phone number.

Golden rule: REMEMBER YOUR LAWYER’S PHONE NUMBER!

In today’s day and age, it isn’t necessary to remember phone numbers.  You have them stored in your phone.  You have the person’s email in your email account.  You can contact the person through facebook.  But, I promise you, it will happen that when there’s an emergency, like getting arrested right before another court date, you won’t have access to your phone, email or facebook.  You may be with someone and shout to them “CALL MY LAWYER!!….” But, if you can’t follow that up with “…at (760) 237-8295!” then what is the point?

If I don’t hear from a client for several days, I begin to worry.  Some lawyer’s like not talking to their clients often and consider it a relief when they don’t have to.  I like talking to my clients.  I like keeping them updated and informed.  I like them keeping me updated and informed.  If I don’t hear from someone, I worry.  If I put a call or email into them and don’t hear back, I definitely worry.  I need to know the minute a person has been arrested so I can a) be ready to get onto that case if they want; b) figure out a new game plan for the case I’m currently working on.  If you call me and tell me that you’ve been arrested, it’s much easier for me to pass that info along to the necessary parties.  If I know you’ve been arrested in San Bernardino County and are being held at Glen Helen, then I know to notify the court for a transport order for your Indio case.  You see where I’m going with this??  If I don’t know where you are, I can’t do that!

I had a client who was arrested on a new case but didn’t tell me.  I showed up to court.  He didn’t.

“Where is he?” asks the judge.

“I’ve lost contact with him, You Honor,” I replied.

“Bench warrant issued.”

“Thank you Your Honor, ” I reply out loud. “CRAP!” I secretly mutter in my head.

Cut to 8 days later when my client reappears on the face of the planet.  He explains to me that he was arrested on a new charge.  He had already been taken to court and a public defender was appointed.  But he told the court he had an attorney.  The court graciously continued for a week until I could get there.  He told me I had to go the next day to reaffirm myself as his attorney.  Unfortunately, I had another client with another case in another court.  Again, see where I’m going?  Had he remembered my number he could have told me where he was and I could have fixed everything with the court on a day that I could actually be there.

I know that I’m beginning to sound like an old record on repeat here, but, please.  Please. PLEASE!  Remember your attorney’s phone number!!

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, for more lecturing, er, information on why remembering your attorney’s phone number should be the most important thing you ever do!

 

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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Criminal Defense: Arrest and your right to remain silent

Arrest and Your Right to Remain Silent During Questioning

If you’ve been arrested, chances are that you are scared and unsure about what to do or not do, say or not say.  You are dragged to a sterile room in a police station.  You are questioned relentlessly.  Sometimes the cops blame you and try to get you mad or frustrated.  They hope they can entice you into arguing back, and giving up vital information.  Or, on the other hand, sometimes they pretend to befriend you, pretend to be on your side.  They try to make you think that they sympathize with you and know you’re being falsely accused.  This is another tactic employed to make you give up information which will incriminate yourself.  Cops are trained in interrogation techniques designed to get information to use against you.

The best thing to do in a situation like this is to not say anything.  It’s better to say nothing than even to deny anything.  All you have to do is say you want a lawyer and then close your mouth.  The prosecutor cannot use this against you.  He or she cannot try to show guilt by the fact that you did not talk to the cops.  You have a Constitutional right to not say anything, to keep your mouth shut.  So use it!

Pending Arrest and Your Right to Remain Silent

If a crime has been committed and the cops are still trying to find a suspect or gather more information, they sometimes ask people to come to the station and talk to them.  Your answer should always be “No.”  They cannot arrest you for not cooperating with them.  And if they had enough information, they would show up with handcuffs.  If they want you to come in, it is likely they think you are involved.  They will use tactics mentioned above, either being argumentative or overly friendly, to try to get information to use against you.  They do not want to hear your side of the story for any other reason than to use it against you.  They are not on your side.  Cops are trained to analyze situations and decide who committed crimes.  If they want you to come in, there is nothing that will benefit you.

If the cops have asked you to come in to the station, you should say no.  Or you should call your lawyer and have them tell the cops no.  If the cops want to talk to you, make them do their own work and arrest you.  Do not give them any help.  Do not say anything.  Do not even deny.  Hire an attorney and let them talk for you.  Afterall, that is what attorneys are trained to do: talk.

What to do about an Arrest and Your Right to Remain Silent

If you have been arrested or fear that you will be arrested, keep in mind that you should just say nothing at all.  Saying nothing is better than even denying.  You have a right to an attorney and a right to remain silent.  Cops are trained to advise you of those rights because they are extremely important and are rights that need to be protected and cherished.  They are rights that need to be used.

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have been arrested or fear an arrest and want to know about your right to remain silent.

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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