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!