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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

    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. …

  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 …

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 …

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.  …

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department have scheduled a DUI/License Checkpoint funded by the NHTSA on 12/14/13 at an undisclosed location within city limits from 8:00pm-3:00am. Press Release

The Riverside Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a DUI/License Checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city limits on Friday the 13th (12/13/13) from 9:00pm to 3:00am. Press Release

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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.  …

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.  …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Coachella Fest and StageCoach Music Festival are two highlight events in the Coachella Valley.  Both events are weekend long music festivals which present many different musical artists to thousands of concertgoers.  Coachella Fest was expanded this year into two weekend …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 8/10/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and Long Beach Counties: Escondido- at an undisclosed location, between 6pm-3am Los Angeles- at Broadway, between Daly …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 6/29/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and Long Beach Counties: Escondido- checkpoint at undisclosed location between 6:00pm and 12:00am; roving saturation patrol until …

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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 …

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Many clients ask me about whether cops can search their cell phones upon arrest.  The answer, as terrible as it may be, is YES!!!  The California Supreme Court declared that cell phone searches incident to arrest are legal and do …

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The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Saturday 6/9/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and Long Beach Counties:   Azusa at an undisclosed location between 6pm and 2am Inglewood at an …

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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 …

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The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 6/8/12 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and Long Beach Counties: Altadena at an undisclosed time and location Hollywood at Highland Ave between Sunset …

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 …

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I can’t tell you how many times I have walked into a courtroom and my client is not there.  I wait around hoping he shows up, and try to beg time for him or her to get there.  Finally, when …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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: …

Criminal Defense: Sentencing Alternative- Home Confinement Sentencing Alternatives in general The California prisons have been grossly overcrowded.  The courts had been sentencing too many people to prisons, and there just wasn’t enough room to accommodate them.  Because of the budget …

As of 10pm on Saturday night, 39 people had been arrested for drug or alcohol related offenses.  That arrest rate is up from the night before.  Concert goers and locals in the area are reporting a heavier police presence.  This …

Hi Coachella Fest goers.  This post is for you.  Well, it applies to all Coachella Valley people.  But, specifically, my intentions are to keep the concert goers safe and arrest free this weekend.  As always, the Law Office of Stephanie …

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Normally taped conversations can hurt people accused of crimes.  However, one woman in Florida is relieved that a recorded call helped her case.  Susan Mait was stuck on a street after two of her tires on her SUV blew out.  …

Riverside County Explores Expanded Diversion Program This week Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerback announced his plan to expand the Diversion program.  This would mean that people charged with certain misdemeanors could engage in classes, instead of jail time.  Upon …

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COACHELLA FEST 2012 DRIVING ROUTES AND ROAD CLOSURES The following are road closures, expected delays and recommended routes for the two weekends during Coachella fest 2012 (April 13-15 and April 20-22).  There are 200,000 people expected both weekends, which means …

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival brings music, art, fun and entertainment to the Coachella Valley every year.  Dating back to 1999, the festival boasts Ticketmaster free musical entertainment. The problem is that cops know the music lovers are there …

The California Superior Court has begun a program aimed at helping US Veterans, called Veteran’s Court.  These courts are a mixture of criminal courts, mental health court and drug courts, where the person will get help focused on rehabilitation, rather …

I have always told my clients to be careful about what they put on facebook.  People think that what they post is private, especially if they’re page has been restricted to friends only.  However, everything you put on the web …

Criminal Defense: Penal Code 186.22, the “gang enhancement” laws Gang activity and 186.22 California has enacted specific laws regarding gang activity.  This means that if a person is determined to be a member of a criminal street gang, he or …

There is a bill in front of the California Legislature, regarding marijuana possession laws.  If a person is found driving with less than 28.5 grams of marijuana (not including concentrated cannabis), under current laws, the court can (and usually does) …

The United States Supreme Court has decided that it is ok for jail officials to conduct strip searches on inmates.  The right of jails and prisons to conduct strip searches was being challenged by a man who was wrongly arrested …

The following are the published DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols for Friday 3/30/12 (Cesar Chavez Day) in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, San Diego and Long Beach Counties: Carson- 7pm to 3am undisclosed location Glendale- undisclosed location, 8pm …