Several festival goers face drug charges, other criminal charges

Hundreds of individuals were arrested over a recent weekend at multiple electronic dance music festivals in California. The arrests on drug charges, as well as other criminal charges, come as raves fall under increasing scrutiny as a result of deaths related to drugs associated with these events. At one particular festival, known as HARD Day of the Dead, more than 300 people were taken into custody.

Most arrests at the HARD Day of the Dead festival were for possessing a drug, being under the influence of a drug or public intoxication. Several people were also taken into custody for having false identification cards. No deaths or serious injuries occurred at this event.

At another festival, called Escape: Psycho Circus, nearly 180 individuals were arrested. These people were booked on charges similar to those associated with the first festival. One of the most popular drugs taken at electronic dance music festivals is Molly, which, like ecstasy, may deliver euphoric highs that last a long time. However, several individuals have lost their lives after overdosing on this and similar substances.

When people face drug charges in California, they have the right to go directly to trial to aggressively fight these charges. Alternatively, these individuals may decide to pursue a plea deal with the prosecution, if available. The terms of a plea agreement usually depend on the strength of the evidence. When there is strong evidence, a plea deal may offer the advantage of a lighter sentence than what would likely be imposed should a defendant be convicted at trial. Either way, the criminal defense will strive for an outcome that is in the client's best interests.

Source: kfgo.com, "Hundreds arrested at California electronic music festivals", Nov. 2, 2015

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