Coachella 2018 (Survival Guide)

Arested at Coachella?

Don’t be one of the several hundred people who will be arrested at Coachella this year.  But if you are, do not lose hope: Indio Criminal Defense Attorney Stephanie M. Arrache has successfully helped hundreds of festival goers who were arrested at Coachella in years past.  She saved their futures and she can save yours too!

Coachella 2018: This year, Coachella Music and Art Fesitval in Indio, has an amazing lineup of artists and performers.  Beyoncé.  Enough said, right?  But, there are other amazing artists supposing the Queen: The Weekend and Eminem are also headlining.  Jamiroquai, Tyler, the Creator, A Perfect Circle and Cardi B aree just a few of the amazing performers in the lineup.

Don’t Get Arrested at Coachella

Every year I get calls from at least fifty people who got arrested at Coachella.  And many of the people who were arrested at Coachella have never been in trouble before.  Most the people who get arrested at Coachella are college students or young professionals.  Their whole future is in jeopardy because they got arrested at Coachella.

The point of this all is to say that there are attorneys who can relate to you and the festival.  This in turn can help you defend your case in the event that you are arrested at the music festival.  The following is information to help you keep from getting arrested.

*If you drink, take a cab or have a designated driver arrested at coachella defense attorney minor in possession alcohol fake ID

*Be on the lookout for cops

*Do NOT sell drugs.  Don’t look like you’re selling drugs.  Don’t have enough drugs on you where the cops can think you were selling drugs.

*Don’t get into fights.

*Just enjoy the music and follow those simple rules, and you hopefully won’t find yourself arrested at Coachella 2018.

Arrested at Coachella 2018? Call Indio Criminal Defense Attorney Stephanie M. Arrache


Empire Polo Grounds Map for Coachella 2018

The Empire Polo Grounds, where Coachella Music and Arts Festival is held in Indio, California, is a huge facility!  It is easy to become separated from your friends and lost.  I’ve attached a map so friends can plan ahead to know where they’re going, where they can meet up if separated, where the bands are playing, to basically know everything they need to know.  Very importantly, it is going to be in the 90′s during the festival (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!


 We offer free consultations if you were arrested at Coachella

On-Site Camping for Coachella 2017

Of course the best way to not get arrested at Coachella 2017 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 Festival website has some information available.


Some pertinent information:

*Each camper must be 18 years of age or older

*Each camper must have their own festival pass

*Onsite camping opens Thursday at 9:00am and closes on Monday 2014 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!)

*No selfie sticks


Coachella 2018 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:

*Campground DJ
DJ Moustache (of the Glasshouse Record Store) playing eclectic all-vinyl sets
Thur 11pm-1am
Fri-Sun 11:30pm-1:30am
Located in the activities tent.

*Free Public Showers

*Super Duper Showers
Get clean in style @ the Super Duper showers.
7am – 2pm $10 per shower
Shorter Lines
Toiletries available for purchase
Power outlets available (yes ladies you can dry your hair).
(located next to the FREE shower pods in lot 4 & 10)

*Pubic restrooms

*Cell phone charging stations

*Internet cafe and free wifi

*General Store

*Free Supermarket Shuttles– if you forgot something and need to run to the market, don’t drive if you’ve been drinking!  Instead, take one of the free shuttles, running Fri-Sun from 8am-2pm. Departing at the south end of lot 2A. (companion camping parking lot)!

*Human Foosball
Thursday:   Open Play 1pm-6pm
Friday– Sun Daily Tournaments with a chance to win a VIP Upgrade!
Friday- Men’s Tournament  10:30am -12pm ; Open Play 12pm-3pm
Saturday– Women’s Tournament  10:30am -12pm ; Open Play 12pm-3pm
Sunday– Co-ed Tournament  10:30am -12pm ; Open Play 12pm-3pm



My intentions are to keep the concert goers safe and and to help you not get arrested at Coachella. As always, the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache would rather have people be safe than get new clients. The following are a list of taxi and shuttle services which are available to Coachella Fest goers.  However, as there are thousands of people expected in the Valley, it’s always wisest to book early.

American Cab: 760-322-4444

Airport Taxi: 760-328-CABS (2227)

Yellow Cab of the Desert: 760-568-3838

SunBus: 1-800-347-8628

Private limo: 760-404-4531

Vans and Sedans: (800) 233-6393

Here is the map showing the route for free shuttles around the Coachella Valley to keep you from drinking and driving and getting arrested at Coachella.

2015 shuttle



The following are road closures, expected delays and recommended routes for the two weekends during Coachella 2018 (April 13-15 and April 20-22). There are 200,000 people expected both weekends, which means driving in the area will be treacherous at best. Be careful and aware while driving. Know that the Indio police department will be increasing their DUI saturation patrols while on the lookout for drunk drivers. Drug and alcohol arrests make up more than half of the arrests during the music festival.

SLOW moving route during Coachella 2018

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 2018

The following roadways will be closed for the event:

* Avenue 49 between Hjorth Street and Monroe Street
* Avenue 50 between Madison Street and Jackson Street
* Hjorth Street between Avenue 49 and Avenue 50
* Madison Street between Avenue 49 and Avenue 52

RECOMMENDED routes during Coachella 2017

In order to navigate around the traffic chaos, traffic officers recommend the following alternate routes:

* North and South travel, use Washington Street, Jackson Street, Calhoun Street and Golf Center Parkway
* East and West travel, use Fred Waring Drive, Miles Avenue, Avenue 52 and Avenue 48

Click here for more information regarding Coachella 2017 road closures.






Every year, local law enforcement agencies partner with other state and federal agencies to make arrests.  These arrests arise from both undercover operations, plain clothes officers and uniformed officers.  Click on the following links to discover some of the more common arrests:

*Minor in Possession of alcohol

*Minor in Possession of a fake ID

*Drug possession

*Drug sales

*Domestic Violence


*DUI under 21


*Unlawful Use of a Handicapped Placard


Every year, I get many clients who have flown in from other states or countries to attend the festival and end up getting arrested at Coachella.  They are worried about not only the arrest but about the added worries of not being familiar with our court system, laws, rights, programs and having to make the trek back for court.  Coming back for court is not nearly as fun as coming out here for the music festival!

If you were arrested at the festival for a misdemeanor, you will not need to fly back to California for court.  Local criminal defense attorney Stephanie M. Arrache can handle your criminal case in Indio on your behalf.  You will never have to step foot in a courtroom if you were arrested at Coachella for a misdemeanor crime!  Criminal defense attorney Stephanie M. Arrache will go to court for you and keep you informed every step of the way, even if you live in another state or country!  Many criminal defense attorneys will not go above and beyond for their clients, but Stephanie M. Arrache does!  She has been known to schedule appointments late at night or very early in the morning to speak with clients from the other side of the world who came out here for the festival and were arrested.

2016 2 Weekend Arrest Update 

Weekend 1 at Coachella saw an major increase in arrests this year.  93 people were arrested at Coachella weekend 1 in 2016.  This year there were ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT (128) people arrested at Coachella!  That is a HUGE increase!  The main reason for the increase: a crackdown on fake IDs.  There were 20 more minors in possession of fake IDs arrested at Coachella 2016 than 2015.  The fake ID arrests at Coachella also led to arrests for other more serious crimes, like drug possession and drug sales.

However, we saw EVEN MORE people arrested at Coachella 2016 weekend 2!  For those of you who laugh at warnings, this is serious.  ONE HUNDRED FORTY-TWO (142) people were arrested at Coachella 2016 weekend 2.  Eighty-six people were arrested for drug possession charges (with 5 of those being for felony sales charges).  Seventeen were for public intoxication.  According to law enforcement officials, alcohol related arrests were down during weekend 2, while drug arrests were up. Arrests for Fake IDs were down during weekend 2, with only 22 people being arrested for Minor in Possession of a Fake ID.

Click this link for more information on the increase of people arrested at Coachella 2016 weekend 1.

Click this link for more information on the increase of people arrested at Coachella 2016 weekend 2.

ARRESTS FROM 2012, 2013 & 2014

There were 235 arrests over the 2 weekend period in 2012.  In 2013, there were 171 arrests over the 2 weekend period.  In 2014, arrests were slightly down, with 80 arrested during weekend 1 and 86 arrested during weekend 2.  Most of those arrests were drug or alcohol related.  There were so many arrests for underage drinkers/fake IDs that the Riverside District Attorney created a whole new program to deal with them.  We at the Law of Stephanie M. Arrache helped get these charged dismissed.

There were also many undercover operations targeting drug sales.  Entrapment for selling of drugs is very common and wraps up good people who never even intended or tried to sell drugs.  These cases are very defendable.

The Indio police join forces with several other law enforcement agencies to conduct the under cover operations.  They are involved in all aspects of the Coachella Fest arrests.

Click here for an article on one users experience getting arrested at Coachella.


Click here for more information on Coachella 2018.