Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2015 Police Preparation

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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.