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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.

 

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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.

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.

 

Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

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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 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

LEGAL GUIDE TO SURVIVING STAGECOACH 2012

Stagecoach Festival is country music’s answer to Coachella Fest.  Stagecoach follows Coachella Fest every year, and brings in just as many fun-loving, music-appreciating, rowdy fans as its rival Coachella Fest.  The cowboys and cowgirls who attend prove that they are just as rowdy and thrill-seeking as their rock music counterparts.  This year, with the line-up include such talents as Miranda Lambert and her husband Blake Shelton (she goes on just after his set ends), Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, Kenny Rogers, Alabama, it is safe to say that we will have large crowds of people.  The main thing is to be safe and to enjoy your time here.  Don’t get arrested and ruin your memories!

Last year, 88 people were arrested.  Most of the arrests were for drug and alcohol related offenses.  However, there were some assault and rape arrests as well.  This year, Indio PD is increasing their undercover sting operations to catch drug and alcohol related crimes.  There were nearly 300 arrests at Coachella Fest (both weekends combined).  Many of those included undercover stings to catch drug sales transactions.  Police were not shy about following some people they suspected.  I spoke with one girl who saw cops taking pictures of her openly.  She didn’t think about the fact that a guard asked for her name and where she was from.  She didn’t think about that fact that a man with no wristband and an earpiece asked for a bum of her cigarette and then walked off with it.  But, on Monday, when she had time to analyze the weekends with a clear head, she realized that she could have been in serious trouble.  She’s now worried and looking over her shoulder.

The point of relaying that story is that I don’t want you to engage in conduct that will cause you to worry after your trip.  I don’t want you to end up in handcuffs.  I want you to enjoy some good ol’ country music.

TIPS

The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache has been given a tip that cops will be increasing their presence at Neil’s Lounge in Indio.  This bar is a favorite among Stagecoach fans, and tends to be a great after-concert party spot.  Cops know this, and will be increasing their patrols in the area.

STAGECOACH FESTIVAL 2012 DRIVING ROUTES AND ROAD CLOSURES

The following are road closures, expected delays and recommended routes for the weekend during Stagecoach Festival 2012 (April 27-29).  Thousands and thousands of people will be flooding into the valley this weekend, 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 Stagecoach Festival.

SLOW moving route during Stagecoach Festival 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 Stagecoach Festival 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 Stagecoach Festival 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

TAXI LOCATIONS within the venue

Avenue 52 and Madison street will have a taxi pick-up location inside the venue.

TRANSPORTATION NUMBERS

While there is a taxi pick-up location inside the venue, many people will be partying and hanging out all around the Coachella Valley when not physically at the venue.  You know this, I know this, and Indio PD knows this.  What this means is that the police department will be increasing their saturation patrols in an attempt to catch drunk concert goers.  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 various transportation companies (cabs, bus, private cars) that can be called to get you and your friends safely from location to location.

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

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any incidents at Stagecoach 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

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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

www.stephaniearrache.com

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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!

Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

A Criminal Defense Firm

PO Box 3297

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Office: (760) 237-8295Cell: (760) 668-8295

www.stephaniearrache.com

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The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 4/13/12 (Friday the 13th!!)  in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and Long Beach Counties:

*Costa Mesa- at an undisclosed location, from 8:00pm to 2:00am

*Fontana- at an undisclosed location, from 6:00pm to 2:00am

*Glendale- at an undisclosed location, from 8:30pm to 3:00am

*Santa Clarita- at an undisclosed location, from 6:00pm to 2:00am

*Sherman Oaks- Ventura Blvd between Tyrone and the 405freeway, from 8:00pm to 2:00am

 

Coachella- No disclosed checkpoints, however police will definitely make their presence known throughout the Coachella Valley this weekend.  Be safe; take a cab or a bus.  There are shuttles from Downtown Palm Springs offered specifically for Coachella Fest.  The shuttles pick up from a parking lot.

 

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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DUI Checkpoint sample results

People know that checkpoints are something to be avoided.  Even if you’re sober, it’s intimidating to drive through one.  Nerves can make you act strangely.  But, does anyone ever really pay attention to what kinds of arrests, detentions, investigations, etc. occur at checkpoints?  Riverside county releases statistics from every checkpoint after they occur.  Here are the statistics for a recent DUI checkpoint in Moreno Valley.  The checkpoint was on 4/6/12 from 8:30pm to 2:30am.  The DUI checkpoint was listed at an undisclosed location within city limits.

The following is an excerpt from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s press release regarding the results of the checkpoint:

Operation Results:

  • 2441 Vehicles passed through the checkpoint
  • 9 DUI arrests (7 Alcohol, 2 Drugs)
  • 18 Field sobriety tests for DUI of alcohol
  • 2 Field sobriety tests for DUI of drugs
  • 14 Citations were issued for unlicensed drivers
  • 7 Citations were issued for suspended driver’s license
  • 17 Vehicles towed
  • 14 Citations were issued for various vehicle code violations
  • 1 Arrest for felony warrant
  • 1 Arrest for misdemeanor warrant

As you can see, not only were there 9 DUI arrests, but there were also many tickets for vehicle code violations and 2 arrests on warrants.  17 vehicles were towed.  While there were 20 field sobriety tests for DUI, only 9 people were arrested.  The police cast a wide net during these DUI checkpoints.  Even people who were not driving under the influence were ticketed, arrested or had their vehicles towed.  This means that people need to be careful at DUI checkpoints, regardless of whether they are actually driving under the influence or not.

 

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

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