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Texas DWI & UCW Charges: “I got a DWI and They Took My Gun!”

"Geez, I got a DWI and on top of all that, they took my gun!"  Getting a DWI is stressful.  Getting a DWI and having your gun confiscated is even more stressful!  We, at the Coffey Firm, understand that most people who get a DWI and a UCW did not intentionally go out and plan on getting a DWI while carrying a gun in their vehicle.  Many people form a personal attachment to their gun, it may be a family relic, have sentimental value, or it could be an expensive valuable.  Regardless, we understand the frustration of having to fight...

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Helpful Things to Know About Being a Coffey Firm Client

The A+ Goals of The Coffey Firm Access. Mimi responds to texts, emails and phone calls directly (her voice mail does ask that a text be sent for faster response, text “call me!”). Most of the Coffey Firm attorneys also readily give out their cell phones. If you can’t reach them, just text Mimi. Every Coffey Firm attorney believes that availability to clients is one of the most important parts of the legal profession. 2. Anxiety. We understand that this is a very stressful and scary time. The Coffey Firm is here to serve you. This means we know that sometimes you may...

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Police Encounters: “Voluntary Encounters”- Where the Law and Common Sense Diverge

There is nothing "voluntary" about shining a bright flashlight in a person's face. Nor is there anything "voluntary" about having an officer bombard them with question after question. Yet police, and district attorneys regularly claim that "voluntary encounters" occurred just because the officer never activated his overhead lights. On other occasions they claim "voluntary encounter" simply because a motorist rolled down his window when he saw the police approach his vehicle with a flashlight in an empty parking lot. Is every police encounter a "stop"? What is legally required? Distinguishing what is a legal "voluntary encounter" in a motion to suppress is...

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North Texas Specialty Courts & other Specialty Courts: Veterans Court, First Responders Court, DWI courts, Drug Courts, Diversion Courts

For certain categories of people (Veterans, first responders, alcoholics) some charges may fall into a special category that affords special options that are not normally available to most citizens accused of a DWI. There are definite benefits to these courts for some people. For example, a DWI court may treat a probationer much different than on normal probation. This can be good and bad depending on the factors. There are definite reasons why a person should or should not go into a DWI court, as well as all the other specialty courts. Mimi will go over your case with you...

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Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) are Junk Science!

Mimi Coffey is a Texas DWI lawyer who fights! She not only fights in the courtroom, for decades she has been waging a war on the junk science, known as DWI standardized field sobriety tests, used to wrongly convict people. She is recognized nationwide for her efforts. Mimi knows that police use this junk science to justify their DWI arrests, and wants to help you fight back. To find the best way to fight back, Mimi conducts a full case evaluation. During this evaluation, Mimi will get to know you and your story before going over all the evidence with...

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DWI Superfine

As of September 2019, the "surcharge" program by Texas DPS no longer exists. While that may sound good, it has been replaced by a "superfine" system for DWI convictions. Put another way, the "surcharge" for DWI convictions still exists, while the "points" system for things like tickets is history. Let's take a quick look at what is new, and what is not (at least in terms of DWI). Surcharge v. Superfine Old System - Surcharge The surcharge system issued a fine based on either "points" or convictions. Regardless, putting "points" on a person's license only happens after a conviction. The old system said...

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Understanding Blood Draw Requirements in DWIs

Nobody wants to have their personal space invaded or their bodily integrity compromised. But police officers often obtain blood samples from people during Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) investigations to determine that person's Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). BAC refers to the percent of alcohol in a person's bloodstream and is a factor when determining whether to file a DWI charge. Understanding blood draws in DWI cases can be confusing because the legal process of taking a blood sample is a complicated area of the law. As with other DWI laws, there are legal requirements that must be met for a blood...

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DWI Accidents Involving Injury

*WARNING* THE PUNISHMENT FOR NOT STOPPING AT ACCIDENTS INVOLVING INJURY IS A UNIQUE TYPE OF PUNISHMENT! Stress can cause a person to act differently. Hopefully, most people would agree that a car accident can be a very stressful event. Further, most people would hopefully agree that we should check for any injuries after an accident. And, hopefully most of us would agree that no one would intentionally want to be in an accident or injure another person in an accident. it is also possible that a person may seem intoxicated, but other factors such as a medical event, could appear as...

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Texas DWI ALR License Suspension, Revocation, and Disqualification

There are a variety of driver's license suspensions that can impact a person's ability to apply for or renew their license. These include suspensions for actions that did not even occur in Texas! That's right, a suspension in another state can (but won't always) impact a person's ability to drive in Texas. Typically, for DWI arrests, this comes in the form of an ALR suspension. But, DPS can also suspend a person's license for not completing a DWI education course while on probation, for example. For some of these suspensions, a person may need to petition for an ODL in order...

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Pretrial Torture: “I Feel Like I’m Already on Probation!”

*WARNING* BOND VIOLATIONS CAN HURT A CASE. WE DO THE BEST WE CAN TO ADDRESS ANY VIOLATIONS. According to the United States and Texas Constitutions, the law presumes a person innocent until proven guilty. That presumption applies at every stage of a case, even at the arrest stage! In many cases, the worst part of a DWI charge is the "pretrial torture" of oppressive bond conditions. Bond conditions in Texas criminal cases can include license suspensions, interlock ignition device requirements, ankle monitors, and other conditions. Some counties (especially Johnson and Parker County) will put people through hell before their case is...

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