Coachella 2017: This year, Coachella Music and Art Fesitval in Indio, has an amazing
lineup of artists and performers. Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde and
Gucci Mane are just a few of the amazing performers in the lineup.
Every year I get calls from at least fifty people who got arrested at Coachella. And many
of the people who were arrested at Coachella have never been in trouble before.
Most the people who get arrested at Coachella are college students or young
professionals. Their whole future is in jeopardy because they got arrested at Coachella.
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 2017 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!
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 during Coachella 2015 (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!
Of course the best way to not get arrested for DUI during Coachella 2017 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.
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 at 9:00am and closes on Monday 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 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!)
The Coachella festival sponsors want you to enjoy camping on-site and want to make life easy for you. They offer the following amenities:
DJ Moustache (of the Glasshouse Record Store) playing eclectic all-vinyl sets
Located in the activities tent.
*Free Public Showers
*Super Duper Showers
Get clean in style @ the Super Duper showers.
7am – 2pm $10 per shower
Toiletries available for purchase
Power outlets available (yes ladies you can dry your hair).
(located next to the FREE shower pods in lot 4 & 10)
*Cell phone charging stations
*Internet cafe and free wifi
*Free Supermarket Shuttles- if you forgot something and need to run to the market, don’t drive if you’ve been drinking! Instead, take one of the free shuttles, running Fri-Sun from 8am-2pm. Departing at the south end of lot 2A. (companion camping parking lot)!
Thursday: Open Play 1pm-6pm
Friday– Sun Daily Tournaments with a chance to win a VIP Upgrade!
Friday- Men’s Tournament 10:30am -12pm ; Open Play 12pm-3pm
Saturday– Women’s Tournament 10:30am -12pm ; Open Play 12pm-3pm
Sunday– Co-ed Tournament 10:30am -12pm ; Open Play 12pm-3pm
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
The following are road closures, expected delays and recommended routes for the two weekends during Coachella 2017 (April 14-16 and April 21-23). 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 2017
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 2017
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 2017
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
Click here for more information regarding Coachella 2017 road closures.
Every year, local law enforcement agencies partner with other state and federal agencies to make arrests. These arrests at Coachella arise from both undercover operations, plain clothes officers and uniformed officers. Click on the following links to discover some of the more common arrests:
There were 235 arrests over the 2 weekend period in 2012. In 2013, there were 171 arrests over the 2 weekend period. In 2015, there were 80 arrests the first weekend and 86 arrests during the second weekend. In 2016 there were 270 arrests over the two weeks of Coachella. 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 defendable.
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.
Click here for more information on Coachella 2017.