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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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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.

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Palm Springs, CA 92262

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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

1701 N. Palm Canyon

Suite 8

Palm Springs, CA 92262

(760) 778-8295

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).

 

Stephanie M. Arrache

Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

1701 N. Palm Canyon

Suite 8

Palm Springs, CA 92262

(760) 778-7615

 

 

 

President Obama issued and executive order which grants a sort of amnesty-esque program to people who were brought to this country by their parents and have remained here without obtaining proper citizenship.  This new program is referred to as the Dreamer’s Deferred Action Directive.

The President has made it possible for young adults who came to this country with their parents to remain here and be productive “citizens” of this country.  The problem is that it is not amnesty nor citizenship.  The person will still have to obtain proper citizenship.  But it means they do not need to live in fear of their non-citizenship status and constantly be looking over their shoulders.

The requirements for the program are as follows:

  • The person came to the United States under the age of sixteen
  • They came to this country illegally and with their parents
  • They have continuously lived in the United States for at least five years prior to the Dreamer’s Deferred Action Directive
  • The person is currently in school or has graduated from high school or obtained the General Education Development (GED) certificate; are a member of the United States military; or have been honorably discharged from the United States military
  • HAVE NOT committed a felony or a significant misdemeanor or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
  • Are not over the age of thirty (30).

 

The issue here is mainly with the “significant misdemeanor” wording.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has listed most misdemeanors as “significant”, including Driving Under the Influence (DUI), petty theft and simple drug possession.  It does not matter whether there was a jail sentence, as that does not constitute significance or not in the eyes of DHS.

If you are a person who otherwise qualifies for the Dreamer’s Deferred Action Directive, and have pending criminal charges, it is important that you consult an attorney regarding the status of your charges and what can be done.  There are ways that a competent attorney can negotiate a good deal with a prosecutor to maintain your eligibility for this program.  It is important that you inform them of your status and discuss all angles and potential problems.

 

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any questions about the Dreamer’s Deferred Action Directive.

 

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Palm Springs, CA 92262

Office: (760) 237-8295

Cell: (760) 668-8295

 

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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

 

www.stephaniearrache.com

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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

 

 

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 6/8/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and Long Beach Counties:

Altadena at an undisclosed time and location

Hollywood at Highland Ave between Sunset and DeLongpre from 7pm to 3am

Moreno Valley at an undisclosed location from 8:30pm to 2:30am

Palm Desert at an undisclosed location from 9pm to 3am

Perris at an undisclosed location from 6pm to 2am

Oceanside at an undisclosed location from 8pm to 3am

Santa Clarita at an undisclosed time and location

Santa Ana at Main St between Santa Clara and 17th St from 7:30pm to 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

www.stephaniearrache.com

www.facebook.com/palmspringslawyer