Oceana County Prosecutor Releases Criminal Arrest / Charges Total from Electric Forest in Rothbury
Despite the record turnout this year, there were actually fewer criminal arrests and charges stemming from the Electric Forest Festival this year. The Oceana County Prosecutor (Joe Bizon) in Hart, MI, told the media (click here for story) that the police investigated more than 70 incidents at the Festival, but ended up seeking charges against 31 people thus far, which includes 36 felonies and 12 misdemeanors. Most of the charges are drug related (43 out of the 48 charges sought) with the remaining charges being for assault, disorderly conduct, or outstanding warrants. Of the 31 people charged with a crime out of the Festival, only 16 were actually taken to Jail. The others were presumably written a ticket and posted a $100 bond on the scene.
I’ve been told from multiple concertgoers that after being arrested and ticketed that they were kicked out of the Festival and dropped at a remote gas station. Another common thread among those charged this year appears to be that security at the Festival was very aggressive and security told multiple concertgoers that they could search their belongings anytime they wanted, even when working in concert with the police on at least a few occasions. This is very disconcerting.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a drug crime (MDMA, ecstasy, ketamine, cocaine, marijuana, hash oil, hash butter) at the Electric Forest Festival, call Springstead & Bartish’s felony drug charge attorneys at (231)924-8700 or (616)458-5500. We are on call 24/7 and located near Rothbury, MI, and Hart, MI, where the charges will be filed, and regularly defend criminal charges in Oceana County.