The Coffey Firm handles all types of criminal cases. Here is the hierarchy of criminal cases:
1. Class C traffic tickets
No jail, up to a $500 fine. These include citations such as speeding, running a red
light, and expired registration to name a few. They also include citations such as possession of drug
paraphernalia, public intoxication and noise violations. *THE COFFEY FIRM DOES NOT HANDLE SIMPLE
CLASS C CITATIONS THAT ARE HANDLED IN CITY COURTS.
2. Hybrid class C charges that involve jail time.
An example of such a charge would be reckless driving,
Texas Transportation Code section 545.401. This offense can be ticketed up to $200 and or include 30
days of jail. *Upon discretion, the Coffey Firm may handle such a charge. It is more common, that the
Coffey Firm may negotiate a case that may involve a reduction of such a charge from a higher charge (for
example, an evading arrest charge might on rare occasion be reduced to a reckless driving in a non city
3. Class B misdemeanors.
These are charges that are one step above a class C traffic ticket. These cases
are filed in county criminal courts. They may involve a fine of up to $2k or a jail sentence up to six
months. These cases include normal first time DWIs below a .15 alcohol level, criminal trespass, driving
with a suspended license, etc. *THE COFFEY FIRM HANDLES ALL TYPES OF CLASS B MISDEMEANORS.
4. Class A misdemeanors.
These are charges that are the highest form of misdemeanor. They are filed in
county criminal courts. The punishment is up to a fine of $4k and a jail sentence of up to one year. They
include second time DWIs, assault charges (both domestic and and non-domestic), theft of over $750,
etc. *THE COFFEY FIRM HANDLES ALL TYPES OF CLASS A MISDEMEANORS.
5. State Jail Felony.
These cases are not misdemeanors. They are the lowest form of felonies. The
punishment range is up to $10k and confinement in a state jail prison (different prisons) of a minimum of
6 months to a maximum of 2 years. These prison sentences must be served day for day. These are
considered low level felonies and include many drug possession charges of small amounts. *THE COFFEY
FIRM HANDLES ALL TYPES OF STATE JAIL FELONIES.
6. Third Degree Felonies.
The punishment range is a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 10 years in prison
(Texas Department of Corrections) and up to a $10k fine. For example, a third time DWI is a third degree
felony. There are many drug and other types of charges in this category. *THE COFFEY FIRM HANDLES
ALL TYPES OF THIRD DEGREE FELONIES.
7. Second Degree Felonies.
The punishment range is a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 20 years in prison
(Texas Department of Corrections) and up to a $10k fine. For example, intoxicated manslaughter is a
second degree felony. There are many drug and other types of charges in this category. *THE COFFEY
FIRM HANDLES ALL TYPES OF SECOND DEGREE FELONIES.
8. First Degree Felonies.
The punishment range is a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 99 years in prison
(Texas Department of Corrections) and up to a $10k fine. For example, aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon against a public servant is a first degree felony. There are many other types of charges in this
category. *UPON DISCRETION, THE COFFEY FIRM WILL HANDLE SUCH CRIMINAL CHARGES.
9. Capital Felony.
When the State seeks the death penalty, the punishment is life without parole or
death. When the State does not seek the death penalty, the punishment is life (when the individual committed the offense younger than age 18), or life without parole (if the individual is 18 or over).
*UPON DISCRETION, THE COFFEY FIRM WILL HANDLE SUCH CRIMINAL CHARGES.
ABOUT MIMI COFFEY AND THE COFFEY FIRM:
Mimi Coffey, principal of the Coffey Firm, has been handling all types of criminal charges (minus capital
cases) in her 24 year legal career. She truly has a passion for defending. She loves every aspect of the
representation from the one on one meetings with her clients to the motion drafting, negotiations, jury
selection and closing arguments. She employs a unique approach with every client because each case is
different and every person is a unique individual. Her style is to combine her huge wealth of knowledge
and experience with a very humanistic approach.