Criminal defense: Stagecoach Festival 2012 legal survival guide

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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.


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.


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.


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

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.

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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