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The New Fake Deferred Adjudication DWI Law

The New Fake Deferred Adjudication DWI Law Warning Don’t be fooled by the new fake DWI deferred adjudication bill. Those who are uninformed may choose to get a fake dismissal not knowing it is fake. The best thing to do is to analyze your DWI case properly and review all options to determine the best course of action. What is it? Before Sept. 1, 2019 there was no such thing as deferred adjudication for any type of DWI offense. Cases ended either in a DWI conviction, dismissed or reduced to a lesser...

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The Serious Problems with Texas’ Breath Test Program

In my last trial, Tarrant County Criminal Court no.2, cause no. 1528525, the State's expert readily conceded facts about Texas' breath test program that are unacceptable.   (fig. 1) The Intoxilyzer 9000 1. The breath test program for the entire state of Texas is run by a law enforcement agency, The Texas Department of Public Safety. The Scientific Director for Texas DPS comes up with the regulations and oversees the program.  For scientific integrity, a law enforcement agency should never be in charge of forensic, scientific evidence. There are no checks and balances in this system. Power is very dangerous when it...

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Mimi Coffey DWI/Criminal Defense Lawyer Credential

Mimi Coffey Mimi Coffey is an attorney with 24 years experience. She is certified in DWI defense by the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD). She is a Regent with the National College of DUI Defense. She is the chairman of the NCDD Forensics Committee.  With offices in both Dallas and Tarrant Counties, she serves the entire metroplex.Mimi has appeared as a legal commentator for CNN, National Fox News, and local Dallas/Fort Worth stations on DWI-related stories. She is also a frequent speaker at both national and state-wide seminars. Mimi is an experienced attorney with a proven trial record (over 300 cases, with 80% of them being jury trials). Her...

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The Emotional Aspects of a DWI

How it feels to have a DWI is something critically important to understand for anyone dealing with a person who has been arrested for DWI, whether that be for a family member, employer, etc. The amount of people who get arrested for a DWI every year is akin to the amount of people who get diagnosed with cancer (approx. 1.4 million, although this number has been decreasing). By understanding what it feels like to be accused of a DWI with true respect and empathy, we help everyone. 1. Trauma. Although lumped in with criminal activity, people who get arrested for DWI did not...

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DWI Repercussions on Driver’s Education

Getting a driver’s license is a major life milestone, many see it as a right of passage. There are many hours involved in signing off as a parent “instructor” for a person’s driver’s license. One of the most embarrassing things that can happen is to have your child about ready to take their driver’s license test and to be told at a Texas DPS counter that they don’t qualify due to your DWI. Not to mention, having a driver’s license application rejected because of this wastes many precious hours that will have to be redone by someone who qualifies. Many teenagers...

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Involuntary Intoxication: Texans Be Aware That The Law is Not Helpful

A DWI by getting drugged- one’s worst nightmare…. “I no longer knew what was real and what wasn’t. The lines between reality and delusion had become so blurred.” ― A.B. Shepherd, The Beacon This is what has happened to judges in courts across Texas when it comes to DWI charges.  The penal code was created to punish crime and thereby deter others from committing the same crime.  Most crimes involve people making bad moral choices, choices that hurt others.  Most crimes involve intent to commit the crime. The law recognizes we cannot punish people for actions they did not or could not reasonably have intended. ...

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Three Ways A DWI Can Negatively Affect You

There are some negative repercussions to getting a DWI in Texas that many may not consider. It is important for prosecutors, judges, and jurors to understand the life changing consequences of a DWI conviction. Many good people get DWIs and have no idea that they may be affected by some of these issues. Here are 3 consequences that some people may not be familiar with: You can’t host a foreign exchange student for five years from the date of the conviction. The United States State Department will disallow you. If you have a green...

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