Choosing the Right Attorney

It’s important when looking for a lawyer that you make sure you’re choosing the right attorney.  You need to feel comfortable with the person and believe that they will truly help you.  Most attorneys say that you don’t have to like them for them to represent you effectively, but I highly disagree.  When it comes to criminal defense, I need my clients to trust me and be honest with me.  To not hold back information from me.  And if they don’t like me, they’re not going to do that.  I had a client once tell me that he had withheld the identity of a witness from his public defender until the day of trial because he did not trust the person.  He assured me that he would not hold information back from me as we had a close working relationship.  He liked and trusted me.  That is very important to me.

Another reason why it’s important to make sure you’re choosing the right attorney is because sometimes you need help after the case.  Some people choose the cheapest option for a lawyer because they think they’re getting a good deal.  But the old saying “You get what you pay for” rings true often enough.  A few days ago, I had a former co-defendant on one of my closed cases call me because she was having trouble changing her community service.  She had hired an attorney who cared more about getting the low fees (and therefore more clients) and not about her.  She had called him several times and he refused to call her back.  Then she remembered the fact that my client had liked and respected me, and the great job I had done for him.  So she called me.  I was able to give her a bit of advice to help her figure things out.

The point is, if you don’t get along with attorney and trust him or her with your case (and your freedom!!) then he or she won’t be able to effectively represent you.  And if you choose the cheapest option, you very likely will be stuck when a problem arises.

choose wisely

Coachella 2015 Weekend 2 Arrests

The arrests were up during Coachella 2015 weekend 2.  During Coachella 2015, weekend 1, only 93 arrests were made.  However, during Coachella 2015 weekend 2, there were 133 people arrested.  That means 40 more people were arrested during weekend 2 than weekend 1 at Coachella 2015.

Arrest records from Coachella 2015 weekend 2:

  • 20 arrests were made for drunk in public
  • 53 arrests were related to illegal narcotics
  • 51 of those arrest were for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance
  • 2 of those arrests were felony arrests for possession of a controlled substance for sales and booked into jail
  • 57 arrests were made for alcohol violations
  • 1 misdemeanor domestic violence arrest was made
  • 1 resisting/obstructing an officer arrest was made
  • 1 warrant arrest was made

If you or a loved one were arrested during weekend 1 or weekend 2 at Coachella 2015, call Stephanie M. Arrache for a free consultation!  Stephanie has helped hundreds of people from Coachella festivals over the years who were arrested.  She has gotten many cases dismissed and has helped many people save their records and their futures.  Call or email today to see how Stephanie M. Arrache can put her knowledge to use to defend against an arrest from weekend 1 or weekend 2 at Coachella 2015

Indio Drug Court (IROC)

Today I had the honor of attending the graduation ceremony for Indio Drug Court (IROC).  For those who don’t know, drug court (or IROC as it’s called in the court system) is a program for drug offenders which, upon successful completion, will get the person’s case completely dismissed from their record.

Indio drug court (IROC) is not an easy process.  First, your attorney has to convince a panel that you are eligible and a great candidate for the program.  That you truly want help.  You have a personal interview with probation which contributes to whether you will be accepted.  If you are accepted, you go into custody for a few days to a few weeks to get sober.  After that, the Indio Drug Court (IROC) is an 18 month program.  It starts with daily program with mandatory attendance and random drug testing.  You move to a place where they tell you to.  You make new friends and disassociate from old negative influences.  Your new friends become like family and an amazing support system that you didn’t realize you needed.

Upon successful completion of the Indio drug court (IROC), a judge gives you a certificate in a big ceremony and dismisses the case against you.

I was honored to support my client in her graduation celebration today!  I know how hard this woman fought her demons and struggled with her sobriety.  I know how bad she wanted it, and how long it took her to commit to it.  As of last Sunday she has 2 years of sobriety.  And as of today, she had her criminal charges dismissed!!  Today’s ceremony reminded me of how much I love what I do and I love helping people by giving them the tools they need to get back on track!

Coachella 2015 Weekend 1 Arrests

The Riverside County Sheriff released the Coachella 2015 weekend 1 arrest statistics report.  Coachella weekend 1 saw a record low number of arrests with only 93 people being arrested.

Another interesting fact was the split of the arrests at Coachella 2015 weekend 1:

  • 13 arrests were made for drunk in public
  • 56 arrests were related to illegal narcotics
  • 49 of those arrest were for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance
  • 7 of those arrests were felony arrests for possession of a controlled substance for sales
  • 20 arrests were made for alcohol violations
  • 2 domestic violence arrests were made
  • 1 resisting/obstructing an officer arrest was made
  • 1 trespassing arrest was made

This is a good sign that law enforcement and festival goers are beginning to come to terms and learn how to coexist.  That being said, they are still looking for crimes and are still looking to make arrests.  Please be careful if you are attending Coachella 2015 and do not bring any unwarranted attention to yourself.  You do not want to find yourself in court fighting to protect your future.

If you or a loved one were arrested at Coachella 2015 weekend 1, call Stephanie M. Arrache for a free consultation!  I have worked long and hard to establish a great relationship with the local DA’s and judges and can definitely fight to save your future!

Coachella 2015 kick-off

Coachella 2015 kicks off this weekend.  Campgrounds opened today.  Hundreds of cars are pouring into the desert headed to the Empire Polo Grounds for Coachella 2015.  The sun is shining with not a cloud in the sky (which could be bad with no shade for Coachella goers!).

Law Enforcement is also ready for Coachella 2015.  (I use “law enforcement” as a general term because the patrolling of the festival is a joint effort by local police, state and federal agencies like the ABC and DEA.)  They have instructed Empire Polo Grounds employees on what to look for with regards to fake IDs.  They instruct employees on how to search bags looking for drugs or other illegal contraband.  Law enforcement officials are around in uniforms and undercover looking for minors in possession of Fake IDs, minors in possession of alcohol, people with illegal drugs and other contraband at this year’s Coachella.

If you do come into contact with the police this weekend, I remind you to NOT SAY ANYTHING!!  Do not open your mouth even in defense of yourself.  I don’t want you to lie.  I want you to say nothing but “I want a lawyer”.  Most misdemeanor (minor in possession of a fake ID, minor in possession of alcohol, and some drug possession charges) arrestees at Coachella 2015 will get cite released.  This means you will be momentarily detained and then issued a citation with a future court date.  You will not be taken to a jail facility.  If you are arrested for a felony (such as drug sales) you will be transported to jail and required to post a bond.

If you are arrested at Coachella 2015, do not hesitate to contact me.  I am available 24 hours a day, even on weekends for my clients.  Most of my former clients from Coachella festivals past have never been involved in the legal system and are scared beyond belief!  Their parents are scared as well.  They don’t know what to do when a fun weekend at Coachella ends in handcuffs.  Call me and I will give you free advice on what to do, as I have done every year for the past several years of Coachella festivals.

You can reach me, Stephanie M. Arrache, directly at 760-778-7615.  We hope everyone has a fun, safe and arrest free weekend at Coachella 2015!

Coachella bans selfie sticks

Goldenvoice, the promoter of Coachella Music and Arts Festival has banned the use of selfie sticks at this year’s festival.  The ban can be found on the website Info & FAQ page, in a rather nondescript manner, rather than as some large announcement by Coachella promoters.  The ban has been common amongst large venues and festivals since the inception of the large stick-like apparatus.  Coachella is definitely not the first to ban the use, and certainly will not be the last.

The reason for the ban of the selfie stick is that is theoretically can be used as a weapon, in that it is long as rigid.  I say “theoretically” because in all my years as a criminal defense attorney, I have yet to hear of a case prosecuting a person for using a selfie stick as a weapon.  Normally people using selfies sticks, in the Coachella Valley and beyond, are more concerned with snapping memorable photos of themselves rather than in engaging in violent activities.

If you are going to Coachella this year, take it from this local criminal defense attorney, leave the selfie stick at home and focus on having fun in the present moment!

 

Avalon Superior Court

Avalon Superior Court on Catalina Island is open every other Friday.  In this morning’s session, I had a conversation with the local detective who files all of the criminal cases.  He told me that while they had a slow Winter season arrest-wise, he’s already filed many cases since their Spring season began.

As the weather gets warmer, more and more people visit the island on vacations to partake of the amazing water sports and beaches.  They also visit the local beachside bars.  Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies are on foot and on bicycles looking for anyone who is partying a little too much.  They want to keep the sleepy beach town safe and enjoyable for everyone and are quick to act when they see someone who they believe is under the influence.  Be aware of your surroundings and intake so your trip to Catalina Island doesn’t end with a trip to Avalon Superior Court.

Here are a sample of arrests, tickets and cases from this morning’s docket in Avalon Superior Court on Catalina Island:

  • Littering
  • Drug possession
  • Driving under the influence (DUI in a golf cart)
  • Drunk in public (there were at least 3 of these on calendar this morning)
  • Criminal threats (stemming from a drunken fight)
  • Fishing with no license
  • Fishing in a wildlife preserve

Many of these crimes in Avalon Superior Court may seem small or insignificant.  However, all of the cases (other than the littering which is just an infraction) are misdemeanor crimes, which means an arrest for one of them puts you at risk of jail time and hefty fines.  Beyond that, and arrest for a misdemeanor could still impact future education and employment opportunities.

Please be safe while in Avalon on Catalina Island.  Contact us today for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been arrested on Catalina Island and are facing criminal charges in Avalon Superior Court!

Coachella Do LaB

The line-up for Coachella Do LaB has just been announced.  This year, the Lucent Dossier Experience will again headline both weekends of Coachella Festival.  Other bands from all over the world, including Germany, England and Australia, will play either weekend.  A Tribe Called Red, Pomo, Dirt Wire, Mikhal and many more will be performing in the new location, which is across from the Sahara Tent this year.

Do LaB is a company which provides entertainment at various concerts, festivals, as well as their own shows.  They feature musical acts accompanying various interactive environments.  They create structures and have light shows upon them, among other such amazingly spectacular events.

Do LaB

Gang Defense

Throughout Southern California, the various prosecuting authorities tend to overcharge criminal defendants; specifically, if you have certain last names or live in certain areas, gang charges are likely to attach to your case.  The District Attorney attempts to charge as many people as they can with gang enhancements or with outright gang allegations.

Gang cases are handled completely different than regular cases.  To truly defend against the cases, the attorney must be familiar with the various gangs, culture and other information which makes these cases special.  For example, the attorney must know the different Sets within the larger gangs if that matters.  Or the attorney must know an actual gang versus a tagging crew.  These may seem like insignificant points, but they definitely are important when winning gang charges or beating the enhancement.

Stephanie M. Arrache has handled many gang cases and knows the nuances of the defense.  She has successfully kept gang enhancements and allegations from attaching to her client.  She has successfully separated gang charges from the underlying cases.  And she has gotten seasoned “gang cops” to admit that their processes are wrong.

The District Attorney’s Offices have gang prosecutors and gang cops.  You need a criminal defense attorney who knows how to handle gang cases!  You need defense attorney Stephanie M. Arrache to defend against your gang case!

Call today for a free consultation to learn why Stephanie M. Arrache is the criminal defense attorney best suited to handle your gang case and how she plans on being successful on your behalf!

Riverside County cracks down on Truancy

Riverside county cracks down on truancy in a joint effort with the local school districts.  It is a requirement that children go to school.  Truancy is when a child is absent from school without a valid reason or excuse.  A child cannot miss school simply because he or she does not want to go.  To be fair, most children do not want to go to school.  It is up to the parents to ensure that their children make it to school and are not absent.  In California, 250,000 children are labeled “chronically absent.”

While the laws have been in existence, the local authorities have not been cracking down on them.  The newly elected Riverside County District Attorney, Mike Hestrin, has vowed to change that.  He, with the help of local police agencies and school districts, will be enforcing the laws.

But what does that mean for you?  This means that the parents will now be arrested and charged with misdemeanor crimes.  The two main truancy laws are  Penal Code 270.1 “failure to reasonably supervise or encourage school attendance” and Penal Code 272 “contributing to the delinquency of a minor”.  Both charges carry a term of up to 1 year in county jail and fines of $2000 and $2500 respectively.

The goal of these statutes and the enforcement thereof is to encourage children to stay engaged in activities and education that will keep them off the streets and, ideally, out of the juvenile justice system.  It is important that children are encouraged to actively participate in the school system and learn the importance of education and skills taught there.

 

Coachella 2015- LED electronic dance party

Goldenvoice, the producer of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2015, has announce that they will be bringing back the electronic dance party LED Day Club.  In 2014, LED debuted during the same weekends as Coachella Music and Arts Festival, and was the electronic dance party counterpart to the rock music festival.  The dance party was held at the pool in the Hard Rock hotel in downtown Palm Springs.  This year, the party will run during the weekends of April 10-12 and 17-19, the same weekends as Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2015.

For more information, click here.

Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2015 Police Preparation

 

Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2015

 

KMIR News | Palm Springs, California

 

Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2015 Line-Up Announced

 


The start of 2015 means that Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2015 is on the not too distant horizon.  The line-up was released yesterday declaring that ACDC, Jack White and Drake were the main headliners for both weekends.  Other classic bands, such as Bad Religion, Steely Dan, and Reverend Horton Heat are joining in with relative newcomers Azealia Banks and Vance Joy.  It is an eclectic mix of artists, to say the least.  [I personally would attend to see ACDC and Bad Religion, because this attorney is a classic rock fan.]

Coachella Line-up

Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2015 Police Preparation

 


What needs to be taken into consideration is that while Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2015 goers are in preparation plans, so are the Indio police department and other law enforcement agencies.  Each year, I get calls from too many concert goers who didn’t realize the severity or possible impact of their actions at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.  What seems almost commonplace at their colleges (i.e. drinking at parties when they’re not yet 21, or having a fake ID because everyone else in their sorority/fraternity has one, etc.) is actually very illegal and will subject you to dire consequences.

It always amazes me when my clients tell me that they didn’t think the cops would take it seriously.  Or they didn’t think they’d get caught.  Please not not underestimate law enforcement.  They are trained to look for signs of crimes being committed.  And they train the employees of the Empire Polo Grounds where Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2015 is being held.  If you look young, be prepared to be asked for your ID.  Even if you have a wristband, cops can (and will) ask to see your ID.

 

Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2015 Common Arrests

 


Business and Professions Code 25661 makes it a misdemeanor to have a fake ID on your person.  The consequences are possible fine of $250 (plus additional court fees) or community service of 24-32 hours.  Almost more important is the fact that the underage person faces the loss of their driver’s license for 1 year.  Even if the person is nowhere near a vehicle, they can lose their license.

Business and Professions Code 25662 makes it a misdemeanor to be a minor in possession of alcohol.  The consequences are the same as having a fake ID- a fine of $250 (plus additional fees) or community service of 24-32 hours.  There is also the loss of license of 1 year.

It is important to note that if you do not yet have your driver’s license, you will be flagged by the DMV and when you do go to apply for a driver’s license, you will be disqualified for 1 year.  It is also important to realize that if you do get convicted of a misdemeanor, that will follow you for the rest of your life.  You will always need to explain that to educational facilities and employers.

Please be safe and realize that law enforcement are specifically trained to be on the lookout for crimes being committed at Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2015.  Make arrangements for safe rides and/or accommodations early.  Don’t wait until the last minute and hope for the best.  We want you to enjoy your time at the Festival, and not have to deal with an arrest for the of your life.

New Year’s Eve Safe Rides

Palm Springs is a mecca for people looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a big way.  With all of the fashionable and hip restaurants and bars, there are thousands of people ringing in the new year.  Alcohol is abundant and flowing.Happy_New_Year_2015-hd-images

This year, Palm Springs is using it’s new Buzz trolley to carry people up and down Palm Canyon.  And it’s free!  Instead of driving and putting the lives of yourself and others at risk, take advantage of the free trolley system!

Another free service is offered through American Cab.  Just call them at 760-300-0000 and mention the Home Safe program, and receive a free taxi ride.

Please make sure that you celebrate safely and do not start 2015 with a DUI arrest!  Happy New Year from the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache!

Happy Veteran’s Day

We want to wish all United States military veterans a very happy Veteran’s Day and say thank you for your service and sacrifice!  Thank you to the families of those veterans for your important role in service to our country as well!  Without your sacrifice, there would be no rights which I can fight for on behalf of my clients!  As a small thank you to your service, I offer military discounts to active and retired military personnel, because sometimes those who protect our freedom need a little help protecting their own!

Thank you for your service!

veteran's day

Scare Cab

Safe driving can be fun this Halloween season, thanks to “Scare Cab”, 5 Yellow Cabs of the Desert decorated in true Halloween spirit.  The Scare Cabs are decorated inside and out in fun and haunting fashion.  And the drivers even dress in costumes on the weekends!  According to Yellow Cab’s press release, fun music is played in the Scare Cab and candy is given to riders.  You cannot reserve the Scare Cab, but must catch it as it’s driving around.  The twitter page for Yellow Cab of the Desert gives you clues to the movements of the cab.  I saw one yesterday (10/18/14) on Gerald Ford in Rancho Mirage around 4:30pm.

With Halloween landing on a Friday this year, we urge party goers to behave responsibly.  Take a cab or have a designated driver when you go to Halloween parties.  It is not worth the chance of getting arrested for DUI, or worse, killing yourself or someone else!

If you or a loved one do have the unfortunate experience of getting arrested for DUI, call the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache for a free consultation!

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

No charges filed for innocent client!

No charges filed for innocent client!

Today I was able to convince a DA of the innocence of one of my clients and keep them from charging her with child abduction!  I can’t stress enough how important it is to speak with an attorney immediately after you or a loved one have been arrested.

When a person is arrested, it may seem as if there is nothing to do until you see if the DA files charges.  However, when a client comes to me after an arrest, I am able to listen to the facts of their particular case and determine if there’s anything that needs to be done immediately.  Perhaps there was surveillance that needs to be obtained.  Perhaps there were witnesses that needs to be interviewed.  These are all things that an experienced attorney can analyze and assessed.  And an experienced attorney can then decide if there is enough evidence to present to the DA’s office prior to filing to keep criminal charges from being filed.

If you or a loved one have been arrested, contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache immediately for a free consultation!

Arrested for DUI: Huge DUI WIN!

I constantly receive calls from people who were arrested for DUI and seem like fighting it is a lost cause.  I always try to reassure them that DUI charges are very fightable and winnable.  A person who was arrested for DUI does not need to simply plead guilty.  Rather, hiring a good attorney can make all the difference.

Case in point: I had a 20 year old kid come to me after being arrested for DUI.  He was scared and frustrated because he was convinced he had done nothing wrong.  I sat down with him and listened to a very detailed of what occurred.  The officer had approached him while he was sleeping in his car.  The engine was on, so he felt like all hope was lost.  He also admitted to driving earlier in the night.  He did the field sobriety tests (FSTs) which he didn’t have to, but voluntarily agreed to, and was found to have a high blood alcohol concentrate (BAC).  He was then arrested for DUI.

While he was upset about the facts that led to him being arrested for DUI, here’s what I heard: 1) he didn’t drive in the officer’s presence; 2) he didn’t drive in anyone’s presence; 3) the DA wouldn’t be able to prove that he drove while under the influence.

I sought discovery, filed motions, and finally was able to prove to a judge during a hearing on a Motion to Suppress that my client should not have been arrested for DUI.  The judge agreed with me and the case was dismissed.  I was able to relay the good news to my client that he was wrongfully arrested for DUI and that he no longer had to worry about this case!

If you or a loved one were arrested for DUI, do not despair; there is hope!  Contact my office for a free consultation!

Coachella misdemeanor charges

The Indio’s District Attorney’s office has officially started filing the Coachella misdemeanor charges.  The Coachella misdemeanor charges are mostly minors in possession of fake IDs and minors in possession of alcohol.

This past April, there were hundreds of arrests which led to Coachella misdemeanor charges.  The penalties for the Coachella misdemeanor charges are fines, community service and loss of the driver’s license for one year.  Make no mistake, even if the minor was nowhere near a car at the time of the offense, they are at risk of losing their license.

Each year, Stephanie Arrache helps the unfortunate few who pick up Coachella misdemeanor charges.  She is able to save the futures of her many clients under the age of 21.

It is not too late to hire an attorney to help you protect your future.  If you or a loved one are facing Coachella misdemeanor charges, call the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache for a free consultation.

High School prank = vandalism

Each year, outgoing high school seniors are inspired to create a senior prank that is even better than years prior.  They want to create a high school prank that will go down in the history books at their school.  Something to be remembered by.  Soon to be separating friends get together at all hours to figure out the details of the best high school prank yet, laughing and enjoying the time planning.

Often times, the high school pranks are harmless.  Sometimes they are serious enough to amount to criminal vandalism charges.  The problem is that the kids are just that: kids.  They are in high school.  They don’t think about consequences like the cost of having to change all of the locks at the local high school after putting glue into the doors.  They do not think far enough into the future to see the connection of high school prank and felony vandalism charges.

Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to three kids from La Quinta High School.  What they thought was a harmless high school prank turned into felony charges for vandalism and conspiracy.  One of the three was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, only adding more trouble to the current charges.  Three kids, who had the misfortune of being 18 at the time of the incident, were all charged as adults.  They have their whole lives ahead of them to possibly deal with the fall out from this unfortunate lack of maturity and clarity. A fourth boy, who was 17 at the time of the incident, has not yet had charges filed against him.

They can at least be hopeful of the fact that there are defenses to vandalism.  To be guilty of vandalism in California, the prosecutor has to prove malicious destruction to someone else’s property.  The amount determines the seriousness of the charges: under $400 is a misdemeanor and over $400 is a felony.

If you or a loved one have been charged with vandalism as a result of a high school prank, do not lose hope.  Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache for a free consultation to discuss the defenses to your case.

To read more about the LQHS high school prank criminal case, click here.

4th of July DUI arrests

The 4th of July DUI arrests report in Riverside County is in: 159 arrests were made by various city and county law enforcement agencies.  And not all cities have submitted their numbers, meaning the count could go higher.

The 4th of July DUI arrests covered a period from Thursday, July 3 to Sunday, July 6.  There were 2 DUI checkpoints and 13 saturation patrols which led to some 4th of July DUI arrests.

159 4th of July DUI arrests means that the police were on the prowl looking for intoxicated drivers.  This does not mean that you were actually guilty of driving under the influence.  To be guilty of this crime, the DA must prove that you were driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or more, and that your driving was impacted by the alcohol.  If you were arrested for DUI with drugs in your system, the DA has to prove that your driving was impacted by the drugs.  There is no clear cut intoxication level when it comes to drugs as with alcohol.

There are always defenses to DUI arrests.  You do not need to go to court and plead guilty.  It is always worthwhile to speak with an attorney who knows what they are doing and can fight for your rights.

And don’t forget you only have 10 calendar days to call the DMV to schedule your hearing to save your license!

If you or a loved one were one of the 4th of July DUI arrests, call the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache for a free consultation!

Fireworks on the 4th of July

We want to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July, free from arrests for fireworks use or possession.

In California, many fireworks are illegal to sell, possess, transport and use.  These include bottle rockets, firecrackers, roman candles and all others that move in an uncontrollable fashion on the ground or in the sky or explode.  A violation of the fireworks statutes includes up to one year in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.  In addition, you will be personally liable for any and all damage caused by the illegal fireworks.

Health and Safety Code section 12540 goes even further to classify some large fireworks as explosives.  These include, but are not limited to, M-80, M-100, M-1000, Brown Bomber, Silver Salute, 1/4 stick, 1/2 stick and full stick.  Basically, explosives are any pyrotechnic explosive in firecracker form that exceeds .772 grains (50 milligrams) in weight.  Explosives are never legal for personal use in the United States.

For more information on California fireworks, click here.

300 communities in California allow “safe and sane” fireworks.  Safe and Sane fireworks are able to be sold between June 28th at 12pm and July 6th at 12pm.

In the Coachella Valley, only Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs and Indio are the only cities where safe and sane fireworks are legal.  In Indio, local organizations such as the Indio High School Band, are selling “safe and sane” fireworks as a program fundraiser.  Read more about the local fireworks here.

All fireworks, including “safe and sane” ones are illegal in San Bernardino County.

Local law enforcement agencies will be on the lookout for people using fireworks.  They will also be out looking for people who are driving under the influence.  Please enjoy your holiday safely and responsibly.

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New Office Location

The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache has a brand new office location in Palm Desert, California.  Conveniently located on the corner of Cook and Hovley, our office is available for free consultations 7 days a week.  Call to schedule an appointment for a free consultation!

Voted a “Top Attorney” by Los Angeles Magazine

Stephanie M. Arrache was chosen as a “Top Attorney” in the criminal defense division by Los Angeles Magazine.  In addition, she was chosen as a Rising Star in Southern California.  Stephanie was also chosen by Super Lawyers Magazine as a top criminal defense attorney.

Only 2% of all attorneys win such a prestigious award.  They are chosen by peers and based on work performed in their designated fields.  Stephanie M. Arrache only does criminal defense work, which includes all felony, misdemeanor and infraction charges.  This specification allows her to focus on all things criminal defense which in turn makes her a great attorney in the field.

Larson Justice Center Jaywalking Crackdown

There is a jaywalking crackdown in the city of Indio, CA at the Larson Justice Center.  The crackdown began this week after officials shut down a parking lot to construct a multilevel structure.  The entire court and public service building facility is undergoing a major renovation: a new county building to house the Law Office of the Public Defender, District Attorney’s Office and other public departments.  The Jail is also undergoing a major revamp to add hundreds of beds to a bigger facility.

Because of this, parking is much more difficult at the courthouse.  People are fighting for parking spaces in other lots, on streets, where ever they can find it.  This usually means that people are then running late for appointments in the court.  This then leads to people jaywalking: crossing the street at places other than intersections.  Cops are cracking down on jaywalking which are violations of California Vehicle Code section 21955.  The jaywalking ticket carries with it a hefty fine: often between $190- $255.

Make sure that if you or a loved one are at the Larson Justice Center, you do not engage in jaywalking and cross the street at crosswalks.

Stagecoach Arrests

Stagecoach arrests were up in 2014, as police arrested 177 people over the three days.  2013 saw 22 less Stagecoach arrests.  A majority of the Stagecoach arrests were for alcohol related offenses.  And of those alcohol related Stagecoach arrests, a majority were minors in possession of alcohol or fake IDs.

When a minor is arrested with a fake ID or alcohol, he or she is facing community service and fines.  But most importantly, on top of having a misdemeanor conviction on their record, he or she is facing a loss of their driving privilege for a year.  These are very serious crimes, though they seem almost commonplace activities among those 18-20 years old.

The good news is that the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache can help.  Stephanie has helped numerous Stagecoach festival goers in similar situations.  She knows how to best take your case to successful resolution so your hard earned future isn’t lost.  Call today for a free consultation!

Coachella Arrests from Weekend 1

The Indio police department is reporting this morning that there were 79 arrests from Coachella weekend 1.  This number is down significantly from previous years.  There were 23 arrests on Friday, 29 on Saturday and 27 on Sunday.  A majority of these were alcohol or drug related.

Minor in possession of fake ID or minor in possession of alcohol cases are very winnable.  An arrest for this crime does not have to ruin your future.  Do not let a youthful indiscretion harm your future education or employment.  The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache handles these cases each year efficiently and effectively, saving the futures of her young clients.  Contact us today for a free consultation!

 

Sentencing leniency for vets with PTSD

On Monday, April 7, 2014, a bill passed through the California Assembly which would allow judges to consider PTSD when sentencing military veterans.  The bill was brought to the state Legislature by Marc Levine of San Rafael after statistics show that one in five soldiers return from a war zone with PTSD.  It a very real and very serious affliction which needs to be addressed.  People who suffer from PTSD are more likely to commit crimes.  And many who suffer from PTSD are not able to receive the treatment they need.  Sentencing considerations could help get a person much needed treatment, and keep them from wasting away in jails and prisons.

This new bill, AB2098, which passed through the Assembly on a 70-1 vote, would call for judges to consider mental health treatment for veterans with PTSD.  The judges would order treatment for the veteran.  This treatment could address and help with the underlying PTSD.

Click here to read more on the bill.

FDA approves heroin anti-overdose

The FDA has approved an over-the-counter heroin anti-overdose medication, called Evzio.  This anti-overdose medication comes in the form of a syringe pen, similar to the EpiPen, which is used to treat serious allergic reactions.  It will be available for people to inject into a person who is overdosing on heroin and other opioids.

The medication, a drug called Naloxone, will stop the heroin from slowing down a person’s breathing to the point where they stop breathing and die.  Heroin targets receptors in the brain that control breathing.  The naxolone drug in Evzio will reverse the hold that heroin has on those receptors.  It has been used for some time by hospital and ambulance personnel to save people’s lives from overdose fatalities.  The FDA rapidly approved the over-the-counter version after only 15 weeks.

A pilot program in Suffolk County in New York had police officers carrying and using the new drug.  Between 2012 and now, over 500 lives had been saved as a part of this pilot program.  Now law enforcement personnel all over New York state are carrying the Evzio.  It is likely that many states will follow this practice.

The Evzio kit costs $60 and has a shelf life of 2 years.  According to the CDC, in 2010 there were 16,652 deaths due to opioids.

Other types of opioids include:

Codeine

Hydrocodone

Methadone

Oxycodone

“Oh Crap App”

There is a new app for smartphones which is designed to help you protect your rights if you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI).  This new app is called the “Oh Crap App” and was designed by a law firm in Iowa with an aim to help protect the rights of people pulled over by the cops.

If someone sees the red and blue lights flashing behind them, they can quickly click on the “Oh Crap App” to see their rights and what they should or should not do when approached by the cops.  It also links to your phone’s voice recorder so you can record the entire interaction with the police.  The recording is sent to a secure server where it is stored for later retrieval.  This recording could be very helpful to your legal case if you are in fact arrested.  (Note:  If you are arrested, do make sure to inform your lawyer that you used this “Oh Crap App” and that the recording exists!)  Some police agencies employ audio and/or visual recordings, which do come in handy for your criminal case.

The “Oh Crap App” does have some downfalls, which should be carefully thought about:

1)      If you grab your phone and are using the “Oh Crap App”, a cop may not know it is a phone.  Cops are trained to look for sudden movements and can interpret them to mean the person is arming him or herself.  This could be very dangerous.

2)      If a person is actually intoxicated, they may not be able to use the app correctly.

3)      This app will not necessarily keep you from getting arrested.  If merely will help you know your rights and what you can or cannot do during an encounter with the police.

4)      The app was made in Iowa and may not have law that is applicable to people in California.

While the “Oh Crap App” is clever and could be handy, it is always better to know your rights ahead of time.  And of course, it is always better to take a cab or have a designated driver.

DMV hearing WIN!

Last week, Stephanie M. Arrache successfully defended a client in a DMV Administrative Per Se (APS) hearing relating to an alleged DUI for a 20 year old driver.  Stephanie M. Arrache was able to prove that there was no probable cause for the arrest and her client was able to keep his license.

A loss of a DMV hearing for a driver under the age of 21 carries with it a mandatory 1 year loss of license.  These hearings are very serious and definitely can be won with the right attorney.  Stephanie M. Arrache is always determined to fight for the rights of her clients!

Remember, you only have 10 days after a DUI arrest to request a DMV hearing to try to save your license.  Do not give up hope if you have been arrested for a DUI.  Call Stephanie M. Arrache for a free consultation!

St. Patrick’s Day DUI Patrol

Even though St. Patty’s falls on a Monday this year, there will be an increase in St. Patrick’s Day DUI Patrol all weekend.  The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has announced that on 3/14, 3/15, 3/16 and 3/17 it will be expanding it’s St. Patrick’s Day DUI Patrol in an effort to crack down on drunk driving.  Law enforcement officers are trained to look for any vehicle code violation as a reason to pull over a drunk driver.  Bars entice customers by offering St. Patrick’s Day parties and specials.  Green beer and Irish whiskey will be flowing.  Corned beef and cabbage will be served.  Bars like Dickie O’Neals in Palm Springs will be having St Patrick’s Day celebrations all weekend long.  There is no harm in celebrating, but please do so responsibly.  It is always wise to have a designated driver or take a taxi.  Be aware and don’t let a DUI arrest ruin your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Portable Drug Test

LAPD Portable Drug Test Use

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is launching a new program to crack down on driving under the influence of drugs through a portable drug test.  With this new portable drug test, drivers who are stopped at DUI checkpoints will be asked to voluntarily consent to a swab of their cheek and gum line if the cop thinks they are under the influence of drugs.  The keyword here is “voluntarily”, but more on that later.

The Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer, announced this new portable drug test program in a press conference held on Friday, December 27, 2013.  “Traditionally, our office has focused on drunken driving cases,” Feuer said at a news conference Friday. “We’re expanding drug collection and aggressively enforcing all impaired-driving laws.”

Legalized medical marijuana use is the main target of this new portable drug test program, as the cops struggle to find a way to still penalize people.  The machine will test for marijuana (THC), cocaine, Xanaz, amphetamines, and methamphetamine (meth).

During the press conference, LAPD Commander Andy Smith stated that he anticipated making a large number of arrests on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  So far, in the two weeks leading up to Christmas, 1520 DUI (drugs and alcohol) arrests have been made in Los Angeles County alone.  The new portable drug test cheek swab will increase this number substantially.

 

Voluntary Portable Drug Test

Unless you are placed under arrest, you do not have to consent to testing.  This means that all of the Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) are voluntary.  This des include the breath tests (PAS) and the new portable drug test cheek swab.  The cops actually have to tell you that they are voluntary.  You can refuse all FSTs, including the portable drug test.  If you do refuse, and the cop has the probable cause to believe that you are driving under the influence, he or she can place you under arrest and transport you to the station.  At that point you still have the choice of consent.  However, if you refuse after arrest, you will lose your license through the DMV.

 

Portable Drug Test- Driving with therapeutic levels

The portable drug test machine claims that it can differentiate between THC used in the last several hours.  However, for one to be guilty of driving under the influence of a drug, one must actually be under the influence of said drug.  What this means is that your abilities must be negatively affected by the drug.  Having therapeutic levels in your system does not automatically place you in an illegal position.   There is much debate about what levels do actually impair.

 

Other Counties Use of Portable Drug Test

With the LAPD using the new portable drug test to assist with the arresting of people thought to be under the influence of drugs, it will not be long until other law enforcement agencies begin employing them as well.  Agencies want to crack down on drivers who they believe are under the influence.  The signs of a driver who is impaired by drugs are vague and amorphous.  With alcohol, there is often a distinct odor and lack of facilities.  With drugs, there are often no visible signs.  This means that an officer theoretically could harass people and arbitrarily ask them to submit to the tests.  This is a slippery slope law enforcement agencies are beginning down.

 

Arrest Due to Portable Drug Test

If you or a loved one were arrested after being tested by a portable drug test, then you have many, many defenses available!  Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache today to discuss all available defenses in your case.  Do not let the portable drug test win!

Click here for more information.

Christmas party DUI arrest

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Christmas party DUI arrest

We all know the situation: your work is sponsoring a Christmas party with free drinks or you’re attending a party (ugly sweater party anyone?) thrown by family or friends and have a few beers. Your intention is correct in that you want to celebrate the holiday spirit with your friends, family and co-workers. You are just letting loose and having a good time. You have a few drinks, but honestly, you lost count after a few. You know you should probably take a taxi but decide to just drive the few blocks or miles home. Some people make it home. Some people end up with the red and blues flashing behind them. Most DUI arrests will keep you in jail for a matter of hours before you’re let out. But, some could land you in jail over the holiday with the necessity of paying bail.

Do not let a Christmas party DUI arrest ruin your holiday festivities!

A DUI arrest can ruin anyone’s day. It is a hassle to deal with and can be extremely expensive. There are dates and deadlines you have to worry about. For example, you have to call the DMV within 10 days, but you wonder if that’s calendar or work days. You wonder if holidays count? You need to call an attorney who can help you navigate the process. With the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, you do not need to worry about any of this. We’re here to take care of this all for you, without you ever stepping foot in a courtroom.

Contact us today to discuss your Christmas party DUI arrest!

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache to discuss your Christmas party DUI arrest or any other DUI arrest. We are available around the clock, even on holidays. Cops work 24/7 so you need an attorney who does too. Stephanie M. Arrache is available to her clients all the time.

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Christmas party DUI arrest

We all know the situation: your work is sponsoring a Christmas party with free drinks or you’re attending a party (ugly sweater party anyone?) thrown by family or friends and have a few beers.  Your intention is correct in that you want to celebrate the holiday spirit with your friends, family and co-workers.  You are just letting loose and having a good time.  You have a few drinks, but honestly, you lost count after a few.  You know you should probably take a taxi but decide to just drive the few blocks or miles home.  Some people make it home.  Some people end up with the red and blues flashing behind them.  Most DUI arrests will keep you in jail for a matter of hours before you’re let out.  But, some could land you in jail over the holiday with the necessity of paying bail.

Do not let a Christmas party DUI arrest ruin your holiday festivities!

A DUI arrest can ruin anyone’s day.  It is a hassle to deal with and can be extremely expensive.  There are dates and deadlines you have to worry about.  For example, you have to call the DMV within 10 days, but you wonder if that’s calendar or work days.  You wonder if holidays count?  You need to call an attorney who can help you navigate the process.  With the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, you do not need to worry about any of this.  We’re here to take care of this all for you, without you ever stepping foot in a courtroom.

Contact us today to discuss your Christmas party DUI arrest!

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache to discuss your Christmas party DUI arrest or any other DUI arrest.  We are available around the clock, even on holidays.  Cops work 24/7 so you need an attorney who does too.  Stephanie M. Arrache is available to her clients all the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riverside County High School Undercover Drug Bust

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department planted undercover officers in two local high schools as part of a sting operation to cease high school drug use.  The undercover officers played the roles of high school students for an entire semester in order to gain the trust and confidence of the students for the undercover drug bust.  As a result of their actions, 25 students from two high schools (Perris High School and Paloma Valley High School) were arrested on Thursday.  Many of them were minors and will be sent to juvenile court.  Two were adults and will be tried in the adult criminal system, despite their high school status.

The Perris Union High School district superintendent was on board with the undercover drug bust.  The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department contacted the school district with the idea.  Perris Union High School District jumped at the chance.  Officers seized marijuana, methamphetamine (meth), cocaine (coke), hashish (hash) and prescription pills as a part of the illegal bust.

Drug use in high school is a serious issue in the modern world.  Kids should not do illegal activities.  Period.  But, their youth and lack of judgement could now ruin their futures if they have a criminal conviction on their records.  Kids that were previously college bound, military bound, or even work bound will now have their plans derailed by such activities.

If you or a loved one were arrested as a part of this undercover drug bust, or as a part of any drug crime, contact us today for a free consultation.  You should not have your life ruined for one simple mistake.

For more information on the undercover drug bust, click here.

 

“Holiday Boozers Beware”

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has started a program called “Holiday Boozers Beware” which targets drunk drivers.  Between Friday, December 13, 2013 (Friday the 13th!!) and January 1, 2014, the Sheriff’s Department will be increasing their saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints.  They vow to make lots of stops during this time.  What this means is that any Vehicle Code Violation (of which there are thousands of codes) will be grounds for you to be pulled over.

Always be safe and have a designated driver or call a taxi.  A DUI charge is not something that anyone wants to deal with.  And worse, it can lead to death of you, your friends and family, or an innocent stranger.  It is not worth it in the long run.  We at the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache would rather people be safe than get new clients.  But if you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of facing DUI charges, then please do not hesitate to contact us today to discuss your case!

California Prostitution PC 647(b)

California Prostitution Sting Operation in Riverside

On November 19, the Riverside Police Department Vice Unit conducted an undercover sting operation targeting alleged prostitution.  This was a joint operation with the California Alcohol Beverage and University of California, Riverside police.  The operation targeted the corners of University and Cranford Ave as well as University and Comer Ave.  According to the local authorities, business owners in that vicinity were complaining about females loitering for the purpose of solicitation.  Female cops posed as prostitutes in the area.  During the seven hour California prostitution sting operation, eight men were arrested for soliciting prostitution.

 

California Prostitution: Penal Code 647(b)

In California prostitution is a misdemeanor under Penal Code 647(b).  It carries with it a penalty of up to six (6) months in jail and up to one thousand dollars ($1000) in fines.   This statute applies to both the prostitutes offering sex in exchange for money as well as the person hiring the prostitute.

The California prostitution statute falls under the general category of disorderly conduct.  In California, prostitution charges are proven if the DA can show that:

*A person solicited a sexual act;

OR

*A person agreed to engage in a sexual act for money or other consideration;

OR

*A person actually engaged in a sexual act for money or other consideration

 

Consideration is any form of compensation in return for the sexual act.  In California prostitution is a specific intent crime, meaning that the DA must prove that the defendant actually intended the act specified.

 

The sexual act does not mean sexual penetration only.  It can be any form of sexual contact, meaning contact with another person for sexual gratification.

 

Contact Us Today For More Information On California Prostitution Arrests

Stephanie M. Arrache offers free consultations for California prostitution arrests.  If you or a loved one were arrested for prostitution in California, you need an attorney immediately to start building you defense.  Call us today!

American Heat Biker Weekend

American Heat Biker Weekend October 25-27, 2013

Every year, thousands of bikers ride into Palm Springs for American Heat biker weekend.  It’s actually the American Heat Palm Springs Motorcycle Weekend and a place where people can not only show off their own bikes, but learn about new trends, products and merchandise.  Downtown Palm Canyon, from Amado to Arenas, is closed off for people to enjoy the festivities.  People will be able to enjoy live music, activities for kids, merchandise, and bike competitions.  There will be food, alcohol and good old biker fun.

During American Heat biker weekend there will also be more law enforcement on patrol.  Though this event historically does not get overly rowdy, there are still more police on hand just in case.  Palm Springs police will be having more officers on DUI patrol in an attempt to crack down on drunk driving.  The surrounding cities will be patrolling more as well.  Beware of undercover agents too.  If Stage Coach and Coachella Fest in April of this year taught us anything, the police are engaging in more undercover operations to catch other activities.  They are trying to crack down on illegal substances, guns, etc. by engaging in undercover operations which border on entrapment.  While this hasn’t been much of an issue in years past, it is something that people should be on the lookout for this year.

Helpful tips for American Heat biker weekend

We at the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache would rather people be safe than get new clients.  Here are some helpful tips to make sure that your time at American Heat biker weekend fun doesn’t end with you behind bars.

 

Taxi Service:

American Cab Palm Springs: 760-322-4444

Desert City Cab: 760-328-3000

Hire Cars:

Vans and Sedans  1-800-233-6393

Bus Service

SunLine: Bus schedule

 

Hotels:

Palm Mountain Resort & Spa: 800-622-9451

Tuscany Manor Resort: 760-416-8916

Shiloh Inn: 760-320-7676

Contact Us if you were arrested at American Heat Biker Weekend

If you or a loved one were arrested during American Heat Biker Weekend, call the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache for a free consultation on how to protect your rights!  Contact us today!

For more information on American Heat Biker Weekend, click here.

Desert Hot Springs -DHS- Operation Nemesis

Desert Hot Springs Operation Nemesis

Yesterday, 100 cops performed a sweep looking for crimes and parole violations.  This was Desert Hot Springs Operation Nemesis.  Cops from several agencies performed the joint task force operation.  The 100 cops arrested 17 people after searching 50 residences.  Most of the arrests were for new felony charges.  Kids and adults were arrested.  Only 3 guns were found.  A small amount of methamphetamine (meth) was found.  There were also gang injunctions handed out to several people.

As one news source says the police “visited” the homes during the Desert Hot Springs Operation Nemesis.  Anyone with any prior police contact knows, the “visits” are not always that pleasant.  Police bust into the homes and make arrests.

AB 109

The Desert Hot Springs Operation Nemesis sweep was justified by claiming some connection to AB109.  Non-violent, non-serious offenders are now able to be housed in local county jails, rather than shipped off to state prison.  Because of AB109, local jails are now overcrowded, and many people are released early on probation, parole, or other alternative-sentencing options.  However, the people released early are usually convicted of very low-level crimes.  Normally these are misdemeanors, or very low-level felonies. AB 109 is commonly called “realignment”. It was created to help the severe overcrowding in the state prisons. In November 2012, California voters voted to keep the funding to the counties to help fund realignment.

For more information on realignment in California, click here.

Contact Us Today!

If you were arrested during the Desert Hot Springs Operation Nemesis sweep, or have any questions about this situation, contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache today for your free consultation.  We want to make sure that your Constitutional rights were protected during any interaction with law enforcement!

For more information, or to see how the local news is covering this story, click here.

Coachella cases filed late by Indio DA

Were you arrested at Coachella in 2013 and had a court date that came and went?  Are you thinking you’re off the hook because your case wasn’t filed?  While there is always a chance that your case may fall between the cracks and not be filed, the chance is slim to none.  Your case is likely getting filed, it just takes some time.

While the passage of time may not seem important to you, you exonerated bail bond may be.  If you were arrested for a felony, you likely had to post a bond for your release.  And when you posted that bond, you promised you’d go to court.  If the DA doesn’t file, then you have no court date.  The bond can then dissolve.  This means that when your case is filed, you will go to court and the judge can set bail all over again.  This could catch you off guard and you could be taken into custody.  A good and experienced attorney can help you prepare for this before stepping foot in a court room.

The Indio DA has taken it’s time with the filing of these cases.  New cases from the April event are getting filed every day.  Sometimes they get filed and the court date is the very next day.  It is important to remain on top of the game by hiring an attorney who can subtly check on the cases without alerting the DA to your unfiled case.

Call the Law Office of the Stephanie M. Arrache for more information.

Palm Springs Splash house

Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley are quickly becoming a haven for music festivals and music lovers alike.  The newest festival to land in our valley is Palm Springs Splash House: a two day festival taking place in three different hotels (The Saguaro, Caliente Tropics, and The Curve) in Palm Springs featuring thirty different DJs from around the world.

Palm Springs Splash House is a new concept which combines amazing DJs and a giant pool party atmosphere.  Each hotel has a different vibe which lends to three different party feels.  Festival goers can enjoy the sun and music in and around the pool.  Each hotel participating in Splash house features a different lineup.  The benefit to an event such as this, as opposed to the more traditional Coachella Fest, is that you get to enjoy the party while escaping the heat and brutal sun in the pool.

One of the pros for the Palm Springs Splash house festival is that having it at hotels allows festival goers to stay safely in the hotel, cutting down the need for traveling.  The three hotels are relatively near each other.  While walking between may not be ideal, it is a quick, easy and cheap cab ride.  No need to drive and chance any DUI arrests.  Police will be on the lookout for any possible arrests.  Their favorite arrests at music festivals are minors in possession or fake ID.  These easy arrests can sometimes lead to bigger problems: drug possession, etc.  Be aware and be safe.

Call the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache for more information.

To read more, click here.

 

4th of July 2013 DUI safety information

California law enforcement is ramping up it’s drunk driving enforcement over the 4th of July weekend.  Starting today and going through Sunday, police will be out in large numbers looking to make arrests.  Police officers are trained to look for relatively minor vehicle code violations (such as texting, not wearing a seat belt, etc.) to pull you over to see if you are DUI.  All if takes is reasonable suspicion for an officer to pull you over and conduct a DUI investigation.  Don’t ruin your fun weekend by going to jail for a DUI.  Riverside county is sending out cops in large numbers this weekend and employing a number of sobriety checkpoint.  Last year they made 60 DUI arrests over the 4th of July holiday.    Los Angeles is conducting a series of DUI checkpoints, which can be seen herejuly4beer-.

The consequences of a DUI can range from standard annoyance (losing your license, fines, classes) to major consequences (murder, vehicular manslaughter).  The risk is not worth it.  Take a cab or have a designated driver.  Or look for local programs like the ones listed below.

Please take advantage of programs out there designed to get you and your friends home safely:

Tipsy Tow

Walter Clark and Yellow Cab 4th of July Free Ride Program

 

Coachella and StageCoach arrests

If you were arrested at StageCoach or Coachella in 2013, you may be experiencing a common problem: your case isn’t getting filed on time.  You may have wasted your time showing up at court to discover that no case has been filed.  Do not let this get you into thinking that your case won’t be filed.  The police arrested so many people that the DA’s office is behind in filing the cases.  You need to be consistent in checking in on your case.  Do not wait to receive notification that you have a bench warrant.  There are ways of checking on your case that do not involve alerting the DA to the fact that your case hasn’t been filed.  Sometimes (it is rare, but it does happen) cases fall through the cracks and before you know it, the Statute of Limitations has passed.  You do not want to hand them your case on a silver platter.  But, you do want to protect your interests or the interests of your loved ones.

 

You also do not want to wait to hire an attorney.  It is always best to have an attorney waiting to take care of your case prior to the actual court date scheduled as our calendars do tend to fill up months in advance.

 

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache to find out how to best protect yourself in this particular circumstance of late filing of your case.

Click It or Ticket

There is a national campaign put forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) called “Click It or Ticket”.  Between May 20 and June 2, local law enforcement will be on the look out for drivers not wearing their seat belts.  They are trained to look for what they commonly refer to as the “fake out”, which refers to people not correctly wearing their seat belt, or trying to put it on subtly after being pulled over.

The problem which people experience is not necessarily the seat belt ticket itself.  That is a fine, traffic school or other such program.  The larger problem is the possibility of the infraction turning into an arrest for a more serious crime.  Cops are trained to look for vehicle code violations which give them the reason to pull you over.  Once you’re pulled over, they can then investigate for suspended licenses, driving under the influence (DUI), warrants, or any other possible crime.  Most DUI charges begin with simple traffic infractions, such as not wearing a seat belt.

While many people dislike wearing seat belts for comfort reasons, they are proven to save lives.  And not wearing one at all, or wearing it incorrectly just asks for a problem with law enforcement.  Do yourself a favor, save the aggravation and wear your seat belts.

DUI checkpoints 5/25/13

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Saturday 5/25/13 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and San Diego Counties:

 

Blythe undisclosed location 7pm to 2am

Chula Vista undisclosed location 6pm to 3am

Hermosa Beach eastbound lanes of Artesia at Prospect 9pm to 3am

Pomona undisclosed location 9pm to 3am

Riverside at Woodcrest 7pm to 1am

San Jacinto undisclosed location 7pm to 2am

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

DUI checkpoints 5/24/13

The following are the published DUI checkpoints for Friday 5/24/13 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and San Diego Counties:

 

Lake Elsinore undisclosed location 8pm to 3am

Los Angeles (Downtown) Figueroa and 9th undisclosed time

Malibu undisclosed location 7:30pm to 3:30am

Moreno Valley undisclosed location, 8:30pm to 2:30am

Ontario undisclosed location and time

Pasadena undisclosed location 7pm to 3am

Poway undisclosed location 7pm to 3am

Redlands 6th Street and Stuart Ave 9pm to 3am

San Bernardino Northeast end 6pm to 2amn

San Dimas undisclosed location 7pm to 3am

Sherman Oaks Ventura and Columbus undisclosed time

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

Feds want to lower DUI level

Currently in California the rate for DUI is .08.  That is the equivalent (roughly!) of 4 1/2 light beers in one hour if you weight 160 pounds.  I say roughly, because there are always varying factors to be considered.  Things like medications, food, sleep patterns, etc. all have an impact on your blood alcohol level.

The Federal government wants to lower the rate from .08 to .05.  This means that same 160 pound person would be legally drunk in 2-3 drinks.  Let’s say you weigh 100 pounds.  You’d be drunk in a little over 1 drink.

The theory behind this is saving lives.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) believes that there are too many deaths that arise from drunk drivers.  And their answer is to stomp on your rights and restrict how much you can drink even more.  If they’re truly concerned about drunk drivers, then they could come up with alternate ideas (i.e. free taxi vouchers, free rides home, free bus passes, etc.).  All this will do is lead to more DUI arrests.

There is scientific data that shows how alcohol impairs ones abilities.  The current rate of .08 is where the effects of alcohol are becoming noticeable.  This is worth mentioning because one must wonder how a cop would even begin to look for a driver under the lower rate.  Cops will look for people leaving bars, restaurants, clubs, sports arenas, or anywhere else that they think they’ll find a drunk driver.  No more bothering looking for swerving, or any other factors they claim.

 

Coachella 2013 Weekend 1

Arrests were down this year at Coachella Music and Arts festival in Indio.  Over the three day period, there were less than 100 arrests.  Festival goers were being more aware and cautious.  The down turn in arrests was not due to lack of trying on the part of law enforcement.

A majority of the arrests at Coachella 2013 were for drug or alcohol related offenses.  Many of these were public intoxication, fake ID or other misdemeanor charges.  Arrests at Coachella for alcohol and drug related crimes are very manageable.  Misdemeanor arrests do not require you to step foot in a courtroom.  Many of them are negotiable to a diversion program, which result in a dismissal.  Stephanie Arrache is an Indio defense attorney who has handled many of these Coachella misdemeanors that ended in a dismissal.  She understands her clients, what they are going through and that they do not need their futures compromised over a minor offense.  She has successfully handled many Coachella cases in ways that saved her client’s futures!  Call today for a free consultation to find out how a drug or alcohol related arrest does not mean your future needs to be harmed.

Coachella Festival 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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#Coachella2013

#EnjoyResponsibly

 

Coachella Festival 2013 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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Dinah Shore Weekend

Palm Springs is known to be very “gay-friendly”.  It is a desert oasis where people come to play in the sun.  Every year, it is host to one of the largest lesbian parties in the nation: The Dinah Shore Weekend.  Thousands upon thousands of lesbians flock to our streets to spend the weekend dancing, drinking and flirting.  While the party aims at being a weekend full of fun in the sun, we encourage the participants to act responsibly.  And we encourage people to know that cops are on the lookout for opportunities to make arrests.  Cops use many different tactics to achieve high numbers of arrests.  Roughly 39% of the Dinah Weekend goers are from out of state.  This could be a major inconvenience if you’re arrested and forced to come back out to court in Indio to fight your case.  Luckily, if you’re arrested for a misdemeanor, an attorney can appear for you.  This is why it’s important to hire an attorney with whom you feel comfortable and on whom you can rely.  And if you’re arrested for a felony, the judge has the authority to waive your appearance in court.  But this doesn’t always happen.

Here are some things to know about cops during this party weekend:  They’re usually on the lookout for drug and alcohol related offenses (especially drug sales) as well as solicitation and public indecency offenses.  They employ undercover operations.  They use joint task force methods.  They’re broke and looking to make as many arrests as possible to generate as much money as possible for the county.  They aren’t as fond of this major dance party as are the local businesses and residents.  If they think they have the probable cause they’ll arrest you and let you fight it out in court in Indio.  Just be wise when enjoying the party and don’t be forced to defend yourself out in Indio.

If you or a loved one were arrested at the White Party and are now facing criminal charges in Indio, call the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache today!  You need someone who understands you and your case and will fight it out for you!  And with a case stemming from a local event, you definitely want a local attorney.  Even if we can’t help, we’ll find you someone who can.

Palm Springs White Party

Palm Springs is known to be very “gay-friendly”.  It is a desert oasis where people come to play in the sun.  Every year, it is host to one of the largest gay dance parties in the nation: The White Party.  Thousands upon thousands of gay men flock to our streets to spend the weekend dancing, drinking and flirting.  And they all wear white.  Hence the name.  While the party aims at being a weekend full of fun, we encourage the participants to act responsibly.  And to know that cops are on the lookout for opportunities to make arrests.  Cops use many different tactics to achieve high numbers of arrests.  They’re usually on the lookout for drug and alcohol related offenses (especially drug sales) as well as solicitation and public indecency offenses.  They aren’t as fond of this major dance party as are the local businesses and residents.  If they think they have the probable cause they’ll arrest you and let you fight it out in court in Indio.  Just be wise when enjoying the party and don’t be forced to defend yourself out in Indio.

If you or a loved one were arrested at the White Party and are now facing criminal charges in Indio, call the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache today!  You need someone who understands you and your case and will fight it out for you!  And with a case stemming from a local event, you definitely want a local attorney.  Even if we can’t help, we’ll find you someone who can.

‘Not Guilty’ Verdict Reached in Misdemeanor Battery Trial

We are pleased to announce a ‘not guilty’ verdict we received on Friday, March 15, 2013 in San Bernardino Central court.  The trial was a misdemeanor battery charge alleging that our client, a Major in the United States Army, had beat up a man in a Bank of America parking lot.  The alleged altercation occurred in Rancho Cucamonga.

The client came to our firm after being disappointed with his previous counsel.  He had responded to an ad which was sent to his house after his arrest.  (This is commonly referred to as “jail mail” and, as mentioned in previous posts here, a terrible idea!  Commonly these attorneys just want a high volume of clients and do not provide the one-on-one attention that your case requires!  Cheap representation does not equal good representation!)  His prior attorney wanted him to take a deal.  They basically waited until he was paid in full to their firm and then tried to plead him out.  That’s not how we do things here at my office!

Once retained, we went into full on preparation mode.  This man required a trial to preserve his good name.  We brought on my best investigator and started planning our defense.  The client was located on the East Coast, which required numerous teleconferences, email updates and his complete trust in me.  And I’m glad to announce we did not let him down.

Using a self-defense plan, we were able to convince a juror of 12 peers what we knew to be true: my client was innocent!  He was forced to act to defend himself.  After 18 months of frustration, my client was finally vindicated!  His career was saved.  And best yet, he had the satisfaction of knowing that he was shown to have acted lawfully.  He never doubted himself.  And we never doubted him.  In the end, we came out the champs.  And he was so happy, he treated my investigator and myself to breakfast.

After taking a few minutes to celebrate this victory, it’s on to the next win.

New mobile site launched

The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache is proud to announce that a new mobile site has been launched. You can access the easy to use site from your smartphone at m.stephaniearrache.com

The site contains a blood alcohol chart which will allow you to get a rough estimate of your blood alcohol level based on the number of drinks consumed.

We are always looking for ways to make the criminal defense process easier for people to navigate. We are always here to help people!

Avalon Superior Court | Catalina Island, California

For months there has been speculation that the Avalon Superior Court on Catalina Island will be closing due to budget cuts in California.  There are several courts slated to close because the state of California apparently has no money.  Pomona North (the little courthouse directly next door to the much larger Pomona South courthouse) is scheduled to close.  San Pedro will be closing it’s two courts.  Beverly Hills is scheduled to close, though there is speculation that will not happen either.  The hope is that this will save the state a ton of money.

However, the problem with closing Avalon court is that it handles mostly low level criminal cases- many of them are alcohol related.  Closing the Avalon court will force the residents of Catalina to buy a ticket and take the one hour trip over to the mainland.  This is an inconvenience and a burden.

The Avalon court on Catalina Island is a great one room courthouse reminiscent of a small town court.  It’s the only court like it in Los Angeles County.  The clerk is friendly and knows everyone.  The judge is fair.  The normal DA is fair.  It’s the type of court where a good defense attorney can get some great results.  I have had so many cases successfully resolved in this court.  I can safely say that I am one of the few attorneys who will take the time to go to Catalina Island for Avalon court, and not charge the clients a significant increase in cost.

For misdemeanor charges, I can appear on your behalf.  This saves you the time, money and effort of having to go across the channel to Avalon court.  For felony charges, the judge will often excuse your presence and allow me to appear on your behalf after the initial arraignment.  Cases handled properly can have great results in this court.

If you or a loved one were arrested on Catalina island and have to appear in Avalon court, then call me today for a free consultation.  You will definitely be glad you did!

PC 134: Falsifying Court Documents

Sometimes certain charges have judges ordering defendants to do certain things as a condition of the release while criminal proceedings are going on.  For example, a person who is charged with drug crimes may be ordered to attend NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meetings each week.  Or, a person charged with DUI can be ordered to attend AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings.  Most attorneys try to keep their clients from having to do this.  Sometimes we’re successful.  Sometimes the judges order it anyway.

If the judge does order you to attend meetings each week, do not attempt to falsify court documents.  Do not try to forge the attendance card the morning of your pre-trial hearing in an attempt to “get one over” on the court.  9 times out of 10 you will get caught.  The judge is used to people trying to get away with things.  The judge will not like that you’re doing it too.  He or she can revoke bail and remand you to custody if he or she believes you have falsified documents.  You can also have additional charges filed against you by the DA.  And trust me when I say that DAs love to file as many charges against you as possible.

Penal Code 132 makes is a felony to use falsified documents or evidence when you know that it is false.  The prosecutor has to prove that you knew it was false.

Penal Code 134 makes it a felony to prepare any false documents intended to be used in court.  This means you don’t even have to actually present it to the judge or to any person as a part of the proceeding.  If you had the bright idea to forge an attendance card, walk into court, but then decide not to, you can have charges filed against you if it is found.

This morning, a judge in Orange County North Court loudly scolded a female defendant in open court because he believed she forged her attendance card.  Her attorney fought for her as much as he could.  The judge informed her that he could have revoked bail and remanded her immediately, but he would not do so because her attorney begged (practically on bended knee) for him not to.  The defendant had to stand there taking the lecture and did not open her mouth in defense.  Save yourself the embarrassment of a lecture in front of an audience full or people, and save yourself the worry of additional criminal charges, and do not falsify court documents.

Penal Code 247.5 Laser Pointer

California Penal Code 247.5 makes it a crime to point a laser beam at an aircraft.  The crime is a “wobbler” meaning it can be charged as either a misdemeanor (with up to 1 year in county jail and a fine of up to $1000) or a felony (with 16 months, 2 years or 3 years and a fine of up to $10,000).  The severity depends on the circumstances.  Any aircraft qualifies, meaning: it doesn’t matter if it’s a commercial aircraft, private plane or a law enforcement aircraft.  If you point a laser beam at the aircraft, you’ll go to jail.  Especially if it’s a law enforcement aircraft.

 

Say that you’re on the ground and you see a police helicopter and you point the laser pointer at it.  The guy flying the plane can get on his radio and tell the ground patrol exactly where you’re at.  They’ll show up before you even think to not have the laser pointer on you.  And suddenly, what you thought was funny will land you in jail.

 

Here’s the reason behind this law: the laser beam can actually blind the pilot and end up crashing the air craft.  It’s that serious.  It may not seem like a bright light to you.  But when you’re flying the plane or aircraft, it’s potentially very harmful.

 

To be guilty of this crime, the prosecutor has to prove that you did the alleged crime willfully AND maliciously.  You had to have intended to blind the pilot.  But, look at it this way: do you want to put your intentions in the hands of 12 “impartial” jurors?  Do you want to try to explain your actions to strangers who may or may not believe you?  Is playing with your laser pointer that important that you want to risk going to jail or prison?  Is it worth fines and hiring a lawyer to prove that you weren’t intending to cause harm?  Sometimes foolish pranks can end with serious consequences.  This is one crime that is so easily avoidable.  When you get that new laser pointer, try playing with it pointing toward the ground or a wall far off.  Don’t aim it at the sky.

 

Don’t be like this 18 year old who had to learn the hard way.

Have a Safe and Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that you either love or hate.  Many women are emotionally addicted to Valentine’s Day and require flowers, chocolates, jewelry, or something equally thoughtful from their significant other.  Many also require a nice dinner.  What often happens at a nice dinner?  A bottle of wine is ordered.  Drinks are had.  Diners enjoy delicious food and great company and lose track of the alcohol that they are drinking.  Then they head home.

Cops know this.  They look for drivers who are likely under the influence in the evening hours of Valentine’s Day.  They stay close to the local eateries known for their wine lists and drink menus.  They love making DUI arrests on this holiday.

Don’t let this happen to you.  Don’t ruin a memorable meal by getting arrested for having a couple glasses of wine.  If you and your Valentine’s Day date are inclined to have a few drinks, then give him or her the gift of a cab ride to and from dinner.  Or, stay at home and cook.  Don’t even go on the roads.  Or drink water instead of wine.  These are all great options to ensure that your Valentine’s Day celebration does not end with you in jail.

Coachella 2013 Transportation

With Coachella Fest 2013 right around the corner, it is never too early to start planning for a safe trip.  The lineup has been released.  Your tickets have been purchased.  You’ve planned with your friends.  Make sure that safe and responsible transportation has been included in the planning phase.  Riverside Sheriffs have joined forces with other local agencies, as well as with Federal agencies to crack down on drug and alcohol related crimes.  In 2012, undercover operations were increased, catching hundreds in illegal drug sales.  Many of the cases verged on entrapment.  However, it’s easier to stay out of trouble rather than to get out of trouble post-arrest.

 

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests have been a prominent goal of California authorities in the recent past.  They have increased traffic stop, checkpoints, and everything else they can to crack down on DUI.  Here are a few options for transportation which will help you enjoy the festival without ending up in jail:

 

Shuttle Service

Shuttle and town car services will make the event easier and much more enjoyable.  You’re going to party with rock stars, why not arrive like one?

 

Classi Transportation

http://www.classitransportation.com/

VIP Transportation

http://www.ridewithvip.com/

Palm Springs Transportation

http://www.pstowncar.com/

 

Taxi Service

American Cab 760-322-4444
Yellow Cab of the Desert 760-340-TAXI (8294)
Desert City Cab 760-328-3000

 

Bus Service

Sunline Bus

http://www.sunline.org/

Super Bowl Sunday DUI Saturation Patrols

This weekend is the Super Bowl XLVII, taking place in New Orleans at the Superdome.  Baltimore Ravens versus San Francisco 49ers.  Over 100 million people will be tuning in.  The Super Bowl is arguably the most heavily watched sporting event of the American year.  People gather together at bars and parties to watch the big game.  Thus, drinking is increased during the event.  Cops know this.  Prosecutors know this.  And because of this, California police agencies are increasing their DUI saturation patrols.  This means that more cops will be on the street this weekend looking to make DUI arrests.

To get pulled over for a DUI, a cop needs only to have a reasonable suspicion that a violation is occurring.  That brake light you’ve been meaning to fix?  Reasonable suspicion.  That lane change in the middle of an intersection?  Reasonable suspicion.  Going 70 in a 65?  Reasonable suspicion.  There are thousands of potential vehicle code violations which cops are trained to know.  And trained to look for.

Los Angeles Police Department have announced increased saturation patrols.  Riverside County Sheriff’s Department have announced increased DUI patrols.  Palm Desert PD have announced increased patrols.  San Bernardino Sheriff’s have announced more DUI checks.  California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be increasing their lookout for suspected drunk drivers.

The best choice is to have a designated driver or take a cab.  The $30 cab ride is way better than a DUI conviction, suspended license, court fines and alcohol classes.  And it’s better than the possibility of killing yourself or someone else.

We at the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache would always rather have people be safe than get another client.

Why it’s important to trust your lawyer

I can’t stress enough the importance of knowing (and trusting) your attorney.  You do not necessarily have to like him or her.  It does not have to be someone who you would normally associate with.  You don’t have to want to go to coffee or out to dinner with your attorney.  But you do need to have faith in him or her.  If that is lacking, then find a new attorney.

Here is why I can’t stress that enough:

Yesterday I was in court on behalf of a misdemeanor client.  I was talking to the DA about resolving the case in a way that was even better than what my client had hoped for.  While talking to this DA, another attorney walks in.  The DA stops my conversation to inform the defense attorney that he had missed a court date for a client the previous day, and that the judge had issued the warrant.  The attorney’s response was no more than a shoulder shrug followed by an “oh yeah?”  He didn’t even ask which client, which judge, or which case.  He couldn’t have cared less. I can only imagine what will happen down the road where that warrant can come to haunt that man’s client.  I doubt the attorney will throw himself under the bus and explain that the client wasn’t to fault, but it was his own failure.

You need someone you can rely on.  Someone who has your back.  You do not want to risk your credibility and outcome on a lawyer who couldn’t care less about you.

I not only care about my clients, but they are my top priority.  I give out my cell phone number to clients so they have constant contact with me.  Something crosses your mind about the case on a Sunday afternoon, then call me.  You have a realization on Tuesday at 9pm, then call me.  It’s 6am on the morning of your court date and you’re scared, then call me.  It’s my job to make sure that you feel as comfortable as possible during this whole process.

I do not care whether people like me.  I don’t care if my clients wouldn’t hang out with me in different circumstances.  What I do care about is that 100% of my clients know that I have their back and know that they are in good hands.

Call me today if you want to know more about my personalized approach to your criminal defense.  I will never have mistakes that could cost you the outcome of your case!

Southern California Cab Numbers

The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache wants everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season.  As always, we would rather people be safe than get new clients.  The following are some helpful numbers and links to ensure that people do not drink and drive:

 

Riverside County

All Riverside County- Yellow Cab Co.- (951) 684-1234

Palm Springs, Coachella Valley- (760) 300-0000

Temecula, Menifee, Sun City, Lake Elsinore- Red Top City Can (951) 694-3333

 

San Bernardino County

All San Bernardino County- Yellow Cab Co.- 909-884-1111

 

Orange County

All Orange County- California Yellow Cab- (949) 444-4444

All Orange County- My OC Taxi- (714) 757-4667

 

Los Angeles County

All LA County- Independent Cab Co- (800) LA1-TAXI

West LA County- Bell Cab Co- (888) 481-2345

West LA County- Beverly Hills Cab Co- (800) 398-5221

Los Angeles Metro System- http://www.metro.net/

 

All counties nationwide

http://www.1800taxicab.com/

 

New Years Eve DUI and gun use crackdown

This year, California is cracking down on New Years Eve celebrations.  There is a joint task force crack down on drunk drivers.  They are deploying saturation patrols to look for drunk drivers.  There will be more obvious DUI checkpoints.  You will see more cops on foot in crowded areas.  You will not see undercover agents who are looking to arrest people for drug crimes.

This year they are also cracking down on gun use.  In the wake of the recent tragedies in Colorado, Wisconsin and Connecticut, police are trying to be more aware of gun use and take them away from people.  Riverside county especially is looking for those who shoot guns into the air in celebration.  A person who does that will be arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm, which is a felony.  This charge is extremely serious.  It does not matter if the gun is legally registered and owned.  If you shoot into the air, you face getting arrested.  The reason is that the bullet that goes up must come down.  And people can get seriously hurt and/or killed by that bullet.

Please be responsible this New Years Eve with both your drinking and your use of firearms.

 

Holiday joint task force

Because of all the celebrating which occurs over the holidays, California law enforcement agencies have created joint task forces to crack down.  This means that in addition to more DUI checkpoints, there is an increase in saturation patrols.  These are cops that drive around looking for drunk drivers.  The problem with the saturation patrols is that they do not need to post the location where they will be.  With checkpoints, the law enforcement agency conducting them must post the location and times 48 hours prior to the checkpoint.  This requirement is not the same for saturation patrols.  In California there are hundreds upon hundreds of possible violations.  It could be something obvious like speeding, or something not so obvious like having a headlight that is too dim or a broken license plate light.  Officers will look for any reason to pull over a vehicle they suspect is being driven by an individual who is driving under the influence.

Sometimes officers become lucky and get more than a drunk driver: they find someone with warrants, drugs, no license, or worse.  If you get arrested over a holiday, the cops have 48 hours to keep you in jail before they have to get you in front of a judge.  This excludes weekends and holidays.  Tuesday, December 25th, is a court holiday.  Therefore, it does not count in the 48 hour limit, which keeps you in jail longer if you’re arrested.

The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache does not rest, because cops do not rest.  Stephanie Arrache is always available by phone 24 hours a day if there is an emergency.  If you or a loved one is arrested during the holiday season, do not hesitate to call or email.  You will be answered immediately.  The holiday season is not the time to feel scared and alone because you or a loved one were arrested!

 

 

 

American Heat Palm Springs Biker Weekend

American Heat Biker Weekend October 19-21, 2012

Every year, thousands of bikers ride into Palm Springs for biker weekend.  It’s actually the American Heat Palm Springs Motorcycle Weekend and a place where people can not only show off their own bikes, but learn about new trends, products and merchandise.  Downtown Palm Canyon, from Amado to Arenas, is cordoned off for people to enjoy the festivities.  People will be able to enjoy live music, activities for kids, merchandise, and bike competitions.  There will be food, alcohol and good old biker fun.

There will also be more law enforcement on patrol.  Though this event historically does not get overly rowdy, there are still more police on hand just in case.  Palm Springs police will be having more officers on DUI patrol in an attempt to crack down on drunk driving.  The surrounding cities will be patrolling more as well.  Beware of undercover agents too.  If Stage Coach and Coachella Fest in April of this year taught us anything, the police are engaging in more undercover operations to catch other activities.  They are trying to crack down on illegal substances, guns, etc. by engaging in undercover operations which border on entrapment.  While this hasn’t been much of an issue in years past, it is something that people should be on the lookout for this year.

We at the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache would rather people be safe than get new clients.  Here are some helpful tips to make sure that your biker weekend fun doesn’t end with you behind bars.

 

Taxi Service:

American Cab Palm Springs: 760-322-4444

Desert City Cab: 760-328-3000

 

Bus Service

SunLine: Bus schedule

 

Hotels:

Palm Mountain Resort & Spa: 800-622-9451

Tuscany Manor Resort: 760-416-8916

Shiloh Inn: 760-320-7676

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache.  We are always available to offer advice or suggestions.  And if you are arrested at the American Heat Palm Springs Biker Weekend, we are available to get you bailed out and help you through the legal maze that is a criminal charge.

How To Choose The Right Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one have been arrested for a crime, then your whole world has been turned upside down. A majority of people do not know what to do or where to turn. You know you need an attorney but how do you choose one? It is important that you choose the right attorney for the case. You need to make sure that you and the attorney you choose are on the same page with the same goals in mind. Most importantly, you need an attorney you can trust to accomplish your goals and handle your case. The following is a list of things to think about when trying to find the right attorney to handle the case.

1) Talk to several attorneys

When choosing an attorney, make sure that you talk to a few attorneys. It is easy for an attorney to tell you what they think you want to hear. This is probably a new situation for you, so how do you know what to believe or not? You need to compare what the attorneys are telling you to know what to believe.

Beyond that, you need to make sure you like the attorney you hire. You have to trust them. You have to know that they have your best interest in mind. Talking to several will ensure that you end up with the one you really want, and not just the first one you talked to. You can always call back and hire the first attorney after you talk to others. If an attorney pressures you into signing right then and there, do not trust that person. They see dollar signs, not you. Most competent attorneys will tell you to talk to others. This is because they know that this is an important decision for you.

2) Don’t go for the cheapest option because it’s cheap

If you’ve been arrested, then you’ve also received what we lawyers call “jail mail”. Most private attorneys do not like jail mail. We do not engage in jail mail tactics. Some lawyers pay to get lists of people who have been arrested. They then send letters, flyers, postcards to the addresses listed. This is bad for many reasons. First, maybe you don’t want to tell your family you’ve been arrested. Maybe it’s embarrassing to you and you wanted to handle it privately. Kiss that goodbye when you start getting all the flyers from these lawyers.

Second, these lawyers tend to be “defendant mills”. They take on cases for low costs and then sub out your case to appearance attorneys. The attorney you hire will never step foot in a classroom on your case. They’ll pay a local attorney a few bucks to continue the case a few times and then plead you out.

It’s usually better to go with a public defender over an attorney who is so cheap that it’s too good to be true. You want to make sure that your case is getting the attention it deserves. Some attorneys will offer specials and deals. These are not necessarily bad. Just make sure the attorney is actually going to have time for you.

3) Don’t go for the most expensive option because it’s expensive

Many expensive attorneys are experienced and heavy hitters. They are well-known and well-respected. They handle many high profile cases. They are good at their job. Seems worth the money, right? Well, maybe. Just like any other lawyer, you need to talk to the lawyer and find out who is handling your case. You don’t want to pay all the money only to find out that the great lawyer is handing your case off to a junior associate. Why pay big name prices for a low level associate? If the attorney promises to handle your case personally, make sure that he or she has the time for you and isn’t too busy with other cases.

4) Make sure the attorney you speak with handles your case

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. Make sure that the person you speak with is the one who handles your case. Don’t worry that you’re going to offend someone because you ask them that. You have a right to know who the person handling your case will be. Your rights and freedom are at risk. You have a right to be involved and make decisions. Choosing the right lawyer is your first big decision. Many large firms will hand your case off to junior associates. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Just make sure you know the person and like them. Some firms will send “deal makers” to meet with you to sign the paperwork. Often these people are not attorneys. You then have no clue who is handling your case. Your case will be passed around until the firm has all their money and they plead you out. Make sure you talk to your attorney. Some of us even give clients our cell phone numbers. This ensures that you have constant contact to your attorney and know exactly what’s going on.

5) Ask family and friends for referrals

If you have family or friends who can refer an attorney to you, then this is a great option! Use it! People only refer those who are worth referring. If they had a bad experience, they’re not going to refer the attorney. If they have heard terrible things, they will not refer the attorney. They will warn you to steer clear of that person. I love hearing that a new client came to me as a referral from someone else. It means that they were happy with my work. I strive for client satisfaction.

6) Ask other attorneys for referrals

Maybe you don’t know a criminal defense attorney, but you do know a personal injury lawyer. Ask that person if he or she knows a criminal defense attorney. We all belong to the same associations. We all attend the same seminars and functions. We get to know these other attorneys as people outside of their work, which helps with a well-rounded recommendation. If nothing else, it’s a jumping off point.

Another way is if you know a criminal defense attorney in another area from where your charge is. Say you’re originally from Los Angeles, but you pick up a charge in Sacramento. Ask your friend in LA if they know of anyone in Sacramento. Attorneys are great networkers and are almost always able to give you a name in another county or even state.

7) Look at client comments online

There are so many different places online where clients can leave feedback and comments. Look there. See what kind of client reviews there are. Look at the attorneys websites to see client feedback or success stories and victories. Attorneys love to brag about their successes. And clients sometimes leave feedback when they’re happy with the outcome. They also leave feedback when an attorney does something bad. This is all good research for forming an opinion.

8) Trust your gut

Many times you will either like or dislike a person upon meeting that. Trust the gut. If you meet a well-known lawyer but just aren’t sure about that person, trust them. If you meet a lawyer with less of a reputation, but you think they’re really going to help you, trust that. If you don’t think the attorney is going to do a good job, trust that. You don’t want to second guess your decision while you’re sitting in jail because the attorney didn’t do a good enough job.

9) Don’t wait until the last minute

You get released from jail on bail and you see that you don’t have your arraignment for two months. Don’t wait for one month and 27 days to find the attorney. Start calling around immediately. Start making appointments or have phone consultations. Do not put it off until it’s too late. You don’t want to make a bad decision on a lawyer because you’re out of time.

10) Location of the attorney

I have heard two things which do not matter when choosing an attorney: 1) Choose an attorney who is located outside of the area; 2) Choose an attorney who is located in the area. These obviously are conflicting, and honestly do not matter. If you live in Orange County, but like a lawyer in Los Angeles County who promises to handle your case personally, hire that person. Make sure the attorney is the one who will be handling your case, and not handing your case off to an appearance attorney. If you hire a firm with multiple locations, then make sure that you know which associate at which location is handling your case. That is all that matters. Many of us travel to courts all over for cases. It is not uncommon for a lawyer in Southern California to cover every court in every county in Southern California. Again, just make sure the attorney promises to handle your case personally.

Or, if you’re in Riverside County but have heard that it’s unwise to hire a lawyer within the same county, don’t believe that. Attorneys who practice mainly in one location are not more likely to be friends with the deputy district attorneys or cops, as is the worry about a local attorney. They may be friendly, but not in a way that will harm your case. And if they are, then do not hire that person. Go to a different attorney.

Your concerns should be more focused on hiring the best attorney for your case regardless of anything else. You need to worry about the person handling your case overall.

Arrested while on vacation

Some people have the unfortunate experience of being arrested while on vacation.  Southern California is a vacation destination for people from all over the world.  It’s a new and unfamiliar place.  Some people drink a bit too much and find themselves lost.  Before they know it, they’re arrested for being drunk in public.  To some people, they may not speak English.  The confusion of language could lead to unfortunate circumstances that lead to jail.  The change of currency could lead to theft charges.  Customs that are normal in your own hometown could lead to arrest here.  People from Vegas are used to walking down the street with alcohol.  That’s not allowed here.  The possible criminal charges are all vast and different.

Here’s one refreshing thing to know: you can hire a local attorney to handle everything for you.  Stephanie Arrache has helped many people from other states in the United States, and even other countries, fight their criminal charges.  If it’s a misdemeanor crime, which many vacation crimes tend to be, an attorney can go to court on your behalf.  You do not need to go to court.  Felony charges are a bit different, but can have the same results.

If you were arrested while on vacation, you need an attorney you can trust will handle your case in the right way.  Stephanie Arrache is not only experienced and knowledgeable, she is trustworthy and reliable.  She will keep you updated and handle your case with the diligence you would want.  You need an attorney who will fight for your rights.  You need Stephanie Arrache.

Call today for more information!

DUI Checkpoints 9/7/12

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 9/7/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and San Diego Counties:

Perris- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Santa Ana- Warner, east of Flower- 7:30pm-1:30am

Whittier- undisclosed location, 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.

 

Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

1701 N. Palm Canyon

Suite 8

Palm Springs, CA 92262

(760) 778-8295

 

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9/1/12 DUI Checkpoints

A California joint task force “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign started August 17, and is 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.

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Saturday 9/1/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and San Diego Counties:

Chino- undisclosed location, 7pm-2am

Compton- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Jurupa Valley- undisclosed location, 8pm-3am

Lake Elsinore- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Los Angeles  (Central Area)- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

San Jacinto- undisclosed location, 7pm-3am

Santa Ana- 2000 W. First St, 7:30pm-1:30am

West Valley- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

 

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

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8/31/12 DUI Checkpoints

A California joint task force “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign started August 17, and is 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.

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 8/31/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and San Diego Counties:

Altadena- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Antelope Valley- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Bellflower- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Cypress- undisclosed location, 7pm-3am

Gardena- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Glendale- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Los Angeles (East)- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Los Angeles (South)- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Moreno Valley- undisclosed location, 8:30pm-2:30am

Murrieta- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Newport Beach- Newport Blvd. and Finley Ave, 8pm-3am

Perris- undisclosed location 6pm-2am

Redlands- Northbound Orange St, between Stuart and Pearl, 10pm-3am

Santa Fe Springs- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Temecula- undisclosed location- 9pm-3am

Thermal- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am

Victorville- undisclosed location, 6pm-12am

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

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Fake ID at Coachella Fest or Stagecoach

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

41865 Boardwalk
Suite 202
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 778-8295

California AB 472

AB472

California State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D- San Francisco) introduced a bill on February 15, 2011 regarding drug overdose.  As it currently stands in California, a high rate of drug overdose deaths occur because people are afraid of police and medical involvement.  The rationale is that calling an ambulance or taking a friend to a hospital when they are overdosing on illegal drugs, will result in criminal prosecution.  According to the bill’s author, there were 9.8 per 100,000 drug overdose deaths in California in 2006.  This is a shockingly high number!

The bill, as currently amended, would bar criminal prosecution of a person who is overdosing due to illegal drugs. They would not face any criminal prosecution for drugs in their system, on their person, or any paraphernalia, so long as they were seeking medical help.  The bill would also bar criminal prosecution of any person trying to help a person who is currently overdosing.  It would have the same effect in barring prosecution for any substances or paraphernalia found on the person while trying to help an overdosing person seek medical help.

The bill would be codified as Health & Safety Code §11376.5.  This would fall between Health & Safety Code 11376 (Counseling or education programs) and 11377 (Unauthorized possession).  HS 11376 allows the court to impose counseling for any person who is convicted of drug related crimes.  This is in addition to any fines or terms of jail or prison.  HS 11377 provides for the punishment for drug possession “except as authorized by law”.  This clarification would allow the new HS 11376.5 to take control and bar prosecution of crimes.

Many people cannot control their drug addictions.  It is a disease that controls people.  It is no less serious or controlling than other diseases and ailments.  A person should not be scared to seek medical intervention when they are overdosing on an illegal drug.  A person would not be afraid to seek medical attention if having a heart attack or stroke.  The same should be true of an overdose.

The Bill has passed the State House and Senate and is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk awaiting his signature.  Let’s hope this bill becomes active law!

 

The text of the Code is as follows:

11376.5.

(a) Notwithstanding any other law, it shall not be a crime for a person to be under the influence of, or to possess for personal use, a controlled substance, controlled substance analog, or drug paraphernalia, if that person, in good faith, seeks medical assistance for another person experiencing a drug-related overdose that is related to the possession of a controlled substance, controlled substance analog, or drug paraphernalia of the person seeking medical assistance, and that person does not obstruct medical or law enforcement personnel. No other immunities or protections from arrest or prosecution for violations of the law are intended or may be inferred.

(b) Notwithstanding any other law, it shall not be a crime for a person who experiences a drug-related overdose and who is in need of medical assistance to be under the influence of, or to possess for personal use, a controlled substance, controlled substance analog, or drug paraphernalia, if the person or one or more other persons at the scene of the overdose, in good faith, seek medical assistance for the person experiencing the overdose. No other immunities or protections from arrest or prosecution for violations of the law are intended or may be inferred.

(c) This section shall not affect laws prohibiting the selling, providing, giving, or exchanging of drugs, or laws prohibiting the forcible administration of drugs against a person’s will.

(d) Nothing in this section shall affect liability for any offense that involves activities made dangerous by the consumption of a controlled substance or controlled substance analog, including, but not limited to, violations of Section 23103 of the Vehicle Code as specified in Section 23103.5 of the Vehicle Code, or violations of Section 23152 or 23153 of the Vehicle Code.

(e) For the purposes of this section, “drug-related overdose” means an acute medical condition that is the result of the ingestion or use by an individual of one or more controlled substances or one or more controlled substances in combination with alcohol, in quantities that are excessive for that individual that may result in death, disability, or serious injury. An individual’s condition shall be deemed to be a “drug-related overdose” if a reasonable person of ordinary knowledge would believe the condition to be a drug-related overdose that may result in death, disability, or serious injury.

 

DUI Checkpoints 8/25/12

A California joint task force “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign started August 17, and is 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.

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Saturday 8/25/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and San Diego Counties:

Friday August 24
Anaheim- undisclosed location, 6pm-2am
Compton- undisclosed location, 7pm-3am
Garden Grove- roving saturation patrol
Inglewood- undisclosed location, 8pm-3am
Lake Elsinore- undisclosed location, undisclosed time
Palm Desert- undisclosed location, 9pm-3am
Placentia- roving saturation patrol
Redlands- Southbound Wabash Ave, between Brockton and Colton Ave, 10pm-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

1701 N. Palm Canyon

Suite 8

Palm Springs, CA 92262

(760) 778-8295

DUI checkpoints 8/24/12

A California joint task force “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign started August 17, and is 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.

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 8/24/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and San Diego Counties:

Friday August 24
Buena Park- 8000 block of La Palma, 7pm-2am
Downey- undisclosed location, 7pm-3am
Escondido- undisclosed location, 6pm-midnight
Hermosa Beach- Eastbound Artesia, west of Prospect, 9pm-3am
Los Angeles- Cahuenga Blvd and Broadlawn Dr., 8pm-2am
Los Angeles- Figueroa St. and 9th St., 8pm-2am
Los Angeles- Sunset Blvd. and El Centro, 8pm-2am
Los Angeles- Western Ave and 39th St., 6pm-midnight
Montebello- undisclosed location, 7pm-3am
Murrieta- Margarita Rd, north of Torrey Pines, 7pm-3am
Redlands- Northbound Orange Street, between Pennsylvania and San Bernardino Ave, 10pm-3am
Rialto- undisclosed location, 8pm-3am
San Diego- undisclosed location, 9pm-3:#0am
Ventura- undisclosed location, 8pm-3am
Whittier- undisclosed location, 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.

Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

1701 N. Palm Canyon

Suite 8

Palm Springs, CA 92262

(760) 778-8295

DUI Checkpoints August 18, 2012 (8/18/12)

A California joint task force “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign started on 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.

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Saturday 8/18/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, and San Diego Counties:

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

DUI Checkpoints 8/17/12

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.

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 8/17/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, and San Diego Counties:

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

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

DUI Checkpoints 8/12/12

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

Los Angeles- saturation patrol in 77th Street area between 12pm-8pm

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.

DUI Checkpoints 8/11/12

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Saturday 8/11/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and Long Beach Counties:

Encinitas- at an undisclosed location, between 7:30pm-2am

Long Beach- at an undisclosed location, between 7pm-3am

Los Angeles- on Van Nuys Blvd, between Chase St. and Roscoe Blvd, between 8pm-2am

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.

DUI Checkpoints 8/10/12

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.

Eyewitness Identification (ID)

Criminal 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).

New Office

The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache has moved into a new office, effective immediately.  The new location is on the corner of Vista Chino and Palm Canyon.  The address is 1701 N. Palm Canyon, Suite 8, Palm Springs, CA 92262.  There is ample free parking.  We are across Palm Canyon from the Shell Gas Station and across Vista Chino from the liquor store.  Our office hours vary, so please make an appointment to ensure that someone is there to meet you.  We are very excited about this new location and plan on remaining there for a long time.  A grand opening celebration is in the works, so watch for more information on that!

We have also opened several satellite offices.  The first is in Lancaster, California, and serves the Antelope Valley, North Los Angeles County, and Kern County.  The second satellite office is in Playa Vista, California, and serves Los Angeles County.  As always, we are still available to meet at other locations which are more convenient for you.

 

Stephanie M. Arrache

Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

1701 N. Palm Canyon

Suite 8

Palm Springs, CA 92262

(760) 778-7615

RIP Mark J. Sullivan

Many attorneys feel like they are bigger than life.  There are very few who can actually claim that they are; Mark J. Sullivan was one of those rightful few.  Mark, was a great man.  He was a larger than life man.  He was the kind of person who filled up a room with his mere presence.  He was my mentor.  He was my friend.

I remember my first trip to court with Mark.  I was a nervous wreck that he would figure out that I didn’t know anything.  I soon realized he already figured that out, and liked that I was an empty vessel he could fill with knowledge, tips, tricks of the trade.  On our way back from court he asked me how many yards were in a football field.  I thought for a second, counting (being terrible at math, this took me a minute).  “120” I said.  His reply was “You’re a smart cookie.  Everyone forgets the end zones.”  I think on the one hand he was impressed I got it right.  On the other hard he was mad that I ruined his game.  Our working relationship was like that from then on out.

I took pride in working for Mark.  I felt like I won some lottery that I was chosen to learn from the master.  I was proud to state my appearances in court “Stephanie Arrache from the Law Office of Mark J. Sullivan.”  I walked a little taller down those corridors just to represent him well.  And I could tell clients felt the same.  They breathed a little easier knowing Mark was on the case.

Mark was a beast of a man in the criminal defense world.  Everyone knew that.  He was the best of the best of the best.  There are very few lawyers that ever have, or ever will come close to the lawyer he was.  He was passionate about the law.  He loved the law because he loved the country.  He loved everything about the United States, especially Abraham Lincoln.  I remember asking him once if he bought his giant truck because it was a “Mark Lincoln”.  He loved the law and he loved politics.  He claimed to be a liberal, but I think he was a closet conservative.  He loved guns and big trucks too much to not be.  I think he just got a kick out of debating all of his friends, who were conservatives.  He told me once that I was a true Liberal, because I professed my desire to help people and help kids and told him my plan of how I was going to do both as a lawyer.  He didn’t laugh.  He just encouraged me to not give up that desire.

Many people don’t know that Mark was a very generous man.  He offered to donate money to Desert Hot Springs High School’s theatre department when he heard they were running short on advertising funds.  He bought lunch every day when we were in trial, for both myself and whichever client was there.  He wouldn’t think of letting me treat him when we went out to celebrate his wins.  When we would work late prepping trials, he would buy us all dinner.  He took several of us shooting in the desert and supplied everything.

Mark was a kind man.  Some people will find that shocking.  Many people didn’t know that side of him.  He went out of his way to keep that side hidden.  One of my favorite stories of Mark was when we were prepping a trial for a former client.  We spent many late hours with the client, getting ready.  One evening, the client couldn’t find a babysitter for his young children.  “You guys keep working, I’ll be right back” he said as he abruptly got up to leave.  We had no clue where he went, but kept doing whatever it was we were doing.  About fifteen minutes later, he came back to the office with a bag.  In the bag were two boxes of crayons.  He then went to his Abraham Lincoln library, his pride and joy, and got two Abraham Lincoln coloring books.  He set the kids up in front of the tv, coloring book and new crayons in hand, and made sure they were happy and content.  By the way, that trial, attempted murder, he won it.

After I opened my own firm (upon his blessing and encouragement), he told me to use my old office within his office.   Even after I opened my own firm, he was there for me with encouragement and advice.  He’d always tell me that I could handle anything. If I ran into him in court, he’d let me tag along to watch him in preliminary hearings or any other thing he was doing.  After assisting him on his last trial, I sat around the courthouse for hours upon hours with him and his client until the jury came back with a verdict.  I kept reassuring him that he got the win.  There was no way he lost this case.  Then the jury came back.  I don’t think he inhaled for five minutes.  When the clerk read the “not guilty”, his entire face lit up!  He turned around to look at me and had the biggest grin on his face.  I will never forget that moment.  I don’t think I realized at the time how monumental it would be.  At the time I figured it was just another win under his belt.  Now it’s a moment I will cherish forever.

Another moment I will never forget happened a few weeks before his passing.  He had been searching for a Bentley for as long as I’ve known him.  He finally bought his dream car and was so proud of it.  The day he got it he had me go down to the parking lot at the office to see it.  He was so proud of every littlest detail of it.  “Look at the tire valve caps!”  After he gave himself that present, he still had car fever and sat at his computer looking at cars that I should consider.  I went out and bought myself a new car.  Not a Bentley, obviously, but a nice, professional car nonetheless.  I brought it by the office and he was so excited to go down and see it.  “You’ve come a long way, kiddo.  That’s a lawyer’s car.”  That approval meant the world to me.  In fact, one of the most important conversations I ever had with Mark was when he told me that I reminded him of himself.  Thinking that I in any way, shape or form resembled him meant more to me than just about anything.

The passing of Mark is a devastating blow to me professionally and personally.  Professionally, I lost my mentor.  Personally, I lost my friend.  There are three things that I will regret most about his passing: 1) that I never was able to tell him how much he meant to me (I just hope he knows); 2) that I was never able to show him my new office and get his approval; 3) that I was never able to tell him that I am actually a conservative.

 

 

Be respectful to the judge

It is not uncommon for defendants to feel the need to appear unaffected in court.  The person in the robe is handing you a sentence, and you want to make it seem like you couldn’t care less.  This all makes sense in your head.  However, think of it like this:

You are in court because the State is claiming you did something wrong (i.e. broke the law).

You maintain your innocence.

Your attorney proclaims your innocence.

If you appear to be taking this as a joke, the judge could think you’re scoffing at the whole system.

If the judge thinks you’re scoffing at the system, he or she will not think favorably upon you.

If he or she does not think favorably upon you, any decision they make that has any judicial discretion will not be made in your favor.

A decision not made in your favor means you could end up serving a long term, more fines, more restrictions, or any possible punishment that the judge can legally award.

Your attorney goes home.

The judge goes home.

Your stuck with harsher punishment and have your attitude to thank for it.

I am not trying to say that you must go in on bended knee.  I am saying to show the judge that you’re taking the whole process very seriously.  Judge’s and prosecutors look at the attitude of the defendant when making their decisions.  There have been times that I wanted to cuss out a prosecutor or *gasp* judge (yes, attorneys are human too), but it would be disrespectful and could possibly hurt the outcome of my client’s case.  It’s a test of a person’s character how they are able to hold their tongue when tried.

I don’t care if a client wants to trash talk every person he or she has ever met.  They can rant and vent all they want to me before we enter the courthouse, or after.  But, please, for your sake, not mine, hold your tongue while in court.

For example, in South Dakota, Boyd William White Twin was being sentenced for an assault with a deadly weapon.  Mr. Twin lost a trial, and it was time for sentencing by the judge.  Mr. Twin allegedly smiled during sentencing.  The judge took that as a sign of disrespect and sentenced him to an additional six months in prison.  Mr. Twin claims he was not smiling.  But it was well within the judge’s discretion to sentence him to those additional months.  Now he can think about his smile while he sits in prison for the additional time.

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Dreamer’s Deferred Action Directive

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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Palm Springs, CA 92262

Office: (760) 237-8295

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DUI Checkpoint June 29, 2012

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.

Fight a traffic ticket

Traffic tickets are no different than other types of criminal charges.  Their penalties are just less than misdemeanor or felonies.  It basically all boils down to the same thing: an alleged breaking of a law.  A broken law is a broken law, no matter whether it is speeding, robbery, or murder.  That may be a little drastic, but I am trying to make a point: They’re all crimes.

A person has rights, no matter what the charge.  If a cop pulls you over for failing to stop at a stop sign, it isn’t as cut and dry as “here is your ticket, pay the fine.”  You have a constitutional right to defend yourself and present any evidence of innocence.  That is why you have the option to fight the ticket.  Some people think it is easier to pay the ticket.  That’s probably true.  But, there are other considerations.  Maybe the ticket will make your insurance go up because you already did traffic school.

Or, here’s a shocker, maybe you really were innocent!

Keeping with the example above, let’s say a person received a ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign.  The cop claims that the individual rolled through the stop sign and did not come to a complete stop.  The individual claims that they did stop.  Out of principle, the individual wants to fight the ticket.  They could easily pay the fine and do the 8 hours in traffic school.  But, they didn’t violate the law.

The individual goes back to the scene of the “crime” with a camera and takes pictures of the stop sign.  The individual shows that the stop sign and the line are at a weird place on the street that was obscured by a tree between the stop sign and where the cop admits he was placed.  The individual is able to show that it was possible and reasonable that cars could have further obstructed his view of the stop sign.

The individual then goes to court with all of the pictures and diagrams ready for the trial.  And the cop doesn’t show up, because cops would rather be on the street finding worse criminals than the traffic violator.

You can’t always count on cops not showing up, cause many times they do.  It’s an urban legend that they never show up.  But, that is why the individual was prepared with diagrams and pictures.  He or she would have won either way.

The point is: you should never just accept a violation of a crime.  If you were in the wrong, then sure, pay the fine.  But if you are innocent, then fight the charge!  It’s your constitutional right to do so.  And, sometimes, cops are actually wrong.  Gasp.

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you want to discuss fighting your traffic ticket.

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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Cell Phone Search Incident to Arrest

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

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DUI checkpoint 6/9/12

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

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Prison Entrepreneur Program

Prison Entrepreneur Program (PEP)

The Texas prison system has a program for inmates- Prison Entrepreneur Program (PEP).  The prison system realized that putting people in jail and letting them sit out their sentence did nothing to motivate or encourage them to make something of themselves upon release.  The inmates would get released and have no training or skills, and were more susceptible to falling back into the same routine.  As an answer to this, they created PEP.

Prison Entrepreneur Program (PEP) statistics:

The following are some informational bullets and statistics on PEP.

  • 800 men have graduated in 8 years.
  • All have found work within 90 days of release
  • Some have gone on to start own business
  • Most were not even high school graduates when they went to prison
  • There is only a 10% recidivism rate amongst PEP graduates

What makes the Prison Entrepreneur Program (PEP) successful

Not only is it an educational based system, PEP teaches life-skills such as decision making, philosophical choices, how to treat women, etc.  The program not only teaches inmates how to succeed once they are back in society, but it reunites families, and turns men into productive citizens.

Executive members from high ranking businesses and corporations participate in this program as mentors.

The program is 100% privately funded through donations by private persons, business and corporations.  So many people believe in this program that PEP doesn’t need public funds.

Re-entry to society includes housing, support groups, family reunification, professional clothing and so much more.  The program believes that if you can give a man solid foundation, he can build a stable and suitable life upon it.  They also have a job placement program which helps get PEP graduates into good jobs with livable wages.

With such a great program and great results, it should be a matter of time before other states begin incorporating their own.

To read more on PEP, click here.

 

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, for more information on the Prison Entrepreneur Program (PEP)

 

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PO Box 3297

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Office: (760) 237-8295

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DUI Checkpoint 6/8/12

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

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Summons vs. Arrest

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

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Criminal Defense: Numbers You Should Memorize!

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

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Criminal Defense: Stagecoach 2012 Arrests

Here is an update as to the number of arrests at Stagecoach 2012.  The final tally is: 174.  That is, 174 in 3 days at the country music festival.  The arrests were mostly for alcohol related offenses.  Indio police are currently investigating a claim by a 17-year old girl that she was sexually assaulted in a public porta-potty.  However, at this time, no arrests have been made relating to that alleged incident.

The breakdown of arrests is as follows:

Friday: 57 arrests

Saturday: 69 arrests

Sunday: 48 arrests

The arrests seemed to spike at night.  For example, as of 6pm on Saturday, there were a reported 16 arrests.  This means there were 53 arrests at night.  There are several reasons: people drank all day and became rowdy and uncontrollable at night; people drove home after drinking at the concert; people went out to party after drinking at the concert.

While there were more arrests than any single weekend at Coachella Fest, there were not nearly as many drug related arrests.  The Indio police did not have as many sting operations that were successful at Stagecoach.  However, alcohol related arrests are serious matters which should not be taken lightly.  The Indio District Attorney’s office will be prosecuting these offenses just as vigorously as they will any other case. If you are charged with a misdemeanor offense, you will not need to step foot in a courtroom.  You can hire an attorney you trust and believe in, and have them go to court on your behalf.

For an article on the arrests, click here.

 

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you had 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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Criminal defense: Stagecoach Festival 2012 legal survival guide

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.

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Criminal Defense: Criminal Threats PC 422

Criminal Threats: In General

Criminal threats are exactly as they sound: threats of a criminal nature.  Meaning, they are threats of hurting or harming someone.  They are threats of causing great bodily injury, or even death.  The threats can be verbal, written, or made by an electronic communication device.  They can be made by one person or a group.  They can be made to one person or a group.  (For more on gang enhancements, see below)  The crime of criminal threats is codified in Penal Code 422.

Criminal Threats: Elements

To prove a charge of criminal threats, a prosecutor must prove five key elements:

1) The defendant willfully made the threats of causing great bodily harm or death, or the threat to engage in a criminal activity that would lead to great bodily harm or death;

2) The defendant meant for the statement to be taken as a serious threat;

3) The threat was made in such a manner as to clearly show an intent to carry the threat out (regardless of whether it actually was carried out);

4) The threat causes the person to be in fear for their safety, or for the safety of their family; and

5) The threatened person’s fear is reasonable under the circumstances.

For more on the elements, refer to the following case: People v. Toledo.

Criminal Threats: Punishment

PC 422 can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.  This is called a “wobbler” offense.  The specific circumstances often determine how it will be charged.  If charged as a misdemeanor, the person convicted faces up to one (1) year in county jail.  If charged as a felony, the person convicted faces a term of 16 months, 2 or 3 years, depending on the circumstances.

Criminal Threats: Enhancement

If a person uses a weapon during the commission of PC 422, they face a year consecutive enhancement under PC 12022.  This means that the additional one year will be tacked on to the end of the underlying term.

If the person is found to be in a gang, and to have made the criminal threats in furtherance of gang activity, the person will serve an additional 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25-life, depending on the circumstances.  This enhancement is under the gang enhancement, PC 186.22.

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any questions about PC 422, criminal threats.

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Criminal Defense: gang member turns life around

I can’t count the number of times I’ve had clients tell me that they have been in and out of the system so often that one more stint won’t matter.  They just want me to get them the least amount of time possible.  This always makes me sad.  People shouldn’t just assume that because they’ve spent time in jail, that they aren’t worth more than going back.  People mess up.  They make mistakes.  This is especially common in youth.  People, especially young people, make dumb choices that sometimes result in jail.  That doesn’t mean that they should give up on themselves.  People can change.  They can learn.  I had one client who was convicted of armed robbery (and a few other things) at 18.  After 9 years in prison, he learned he wanted out, and never wanted to go back.  Now, at 65, he has led a law abiding existence, and never went back to jail.  (He was a client on a traffic violation- nothing serious.  More annoying to him than anything.)  But, he’s one of those stories of a kid who grew up in East LA, who turned his life around after a few dumb choices.

The Sacramento Bee recently published an article with another success story.  This guy, Edward Martinez, was a former gang member in the Fresno area.  He was jumped in at 13.  Juveniles are not able to make rational decisions.  They aren’t able to fully comprehend that getting jumped into a gang is probably not the wisest idea.  Especially when they see older family members who are members, as happened in Edward Martinez’s case.  He had older brothers and cousins who were members.  His mother had recently passed away after a car accident.  He was not making the best choices for himself.

Between 13 and 20, Edward Martinez committed some misdemeanor crimes.  His father was getting fed up with his behaviors.  It wasn’t until Edward was facing 8 years in prison on 3 felony charges with gang enhancements that he realized it was time to make major decisions.  His attorney was able to negotiate a plea that involved lowering the charges to misdemeanors, and his full-time enrollment in a school program.  He chose culinary school, and enrolled in a baking program.  While there, he thrived.  He loved what he did and decided he needed to make this change permanently.  He was successful and is now an executive pastry chef in a world renowned restaurant.

These success stories are possible for everyone.  It is what I want for my clients who have given up on themselves.  It frustrates me to see clients frustrated with themselves, who do not want to work to save themselves.  Edward’s story is possible for every single one of my clients, no matter what has happened in their past!

To read Edward’s amazing story, click here.

 

If you want to discuss how you can turn your life around, contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm today!

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Criminal Defense: George Zimmerman Gets Bail

Most of America is tuned in to the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case.  A child of 17 was gunned down by a concerned neighborhood watchman.  This blog and this firm will not get into whether he did or did not do it.  I was not there.  I have not seen the evidence.  Further, I believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.  I believe in that, because I want that for all of my clients.  I believe that most of my clients are innocent.  If they tell me they are, I believe them and fight on their behalf.  It’s about not allowing the prosecution to present evidence which makes my client appear guilty.  It’s about helping people maintain their innocence.  Many times, there are unfortunate and sad situations, and juries can be swayed by their emotions.  I feel bad for Trayvon Martin.  I think most people do!  He was too young to die.  He did not deserve a violent death.  However, I also feel bad for George Zimmerman.  He has been torn apart by the court of public opinion.  That’s just not fair.

Yesterday a court was able to look at the facts of the case and determine whether Mr. Zimmerman was to be allowed bail or not.  The judge was not swayed by the news reports or the crowds of people outside.  He remained fair and impartial.  This important to point out, as many people lose faith in the ability of judges to be fair and impartial.  The judge determined that Mr. Zimmerman was eligible for bail, and set the amount at $150,000.  Most bail bond companies allow a person to post 10% of that to get freed.  I work with several bond companies that will allow 8% upon a written notification by my firm that we have been retained.  I gladly fill this form out for clients to help them catch a break.

The interesting thing about Mr. Zimmerman’s bond is that there are several restrictions imposed.  For example, he is not allowed to drink alcohol or take any drugs.  (There will be an exception for prescribed medications of course.)  George Zimmerman also has an ordered curfew.  These restrictions and orders are not common practice.  Likely it is because this is such a highly publicized case.  The terms of bail in California are generally to violate no law.  If you do violate a law while on bail, there is an enhancement which can be added to the current case.  Plus, there can be new charges filed.

If you want to better understand bail, or the terms of your bail, contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm today!

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Criminal Defense: Phone Records

Cops lie.  Shocking, I know.  But it’s true.  Cops lie.  Attorneys lie.  Sometimes even clients lie.  Not me and not you, but some others.  Here’s a lie that a was recently told to a client that particularly made me mad:

My client is being charged with a domestic violence related crime.  She didn’t do anything.  She told me this and I 100% believe her.  She tried to explain this to the cops (something I do not approve of- DO NOT talk to cops, even when proclaiming innocence!).  The cop straight told her that she was lying.  She told him that the boyfriend was practically stalking her- calling her from blocked numbers, harassing and threatening her, etc.  In fact, it’s so bad that we will file a restraining order against her.  She told the cop all of this, and he told her that there’s no way to prove that the private numbers were from the boyfriend.  Wrong!  We can subpoena phone records.  She told the cop I said this and he said I was lying to her.  The nerve!  She called her phone carrier and they independently confirmed EXACTLY what I told her- you can get phone records which contain the private and restricted numbers.  It’s a simple subpoena process.

The end result is that this cop showed my client that she can completely trust what I say, and showed her that I have her back 100%.

Cops are trained to get information out of people.  He was probably trying to bait her to get her to make incriminating statements.  This is precisely why I tell clients to not say a word to cops!  Do not try to proclaim your innocence.  For the most part, cops do not care.  They already have their minds made up. The only thing you should say is: I want my attorney.  Repeat that, and only that, like a mantra.

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any questions about phone records and your case.

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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