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Forensic Problems in the Criminal Courts

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="276"] Forensic problems caused a wrongful conviction in the Michael Morton case.[/caption] There is a big difference between civil courts and criminal courts. The obvious fact is one deals with money and the other, the loss of liberty (e.g., jail or prison). The rules of evidence that govern both systems are essentially the same. At least, one would think they should be the same. The reality is that criminal courts have come under large scrutiny for not following the rules of evidence when it comes to the forensic problem of bogus science. The National Academy of Science and...

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Defending the Asleep at the Wheel DWI cases

[caption id="attachment_3978" align="alignleft" width="227"] Mimi Coffey presents on Defending the Asleep at the Wheel DWI cases at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & the National College of DUI Defense Las Vegas DUI seminar (2019)[/caption] Mimi Coffey:  Mimi is board 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. Mimi is a frequent speaker at both national and state-wide seminars, including the above Defending Asleep-at-the-Wheel cases seminar. She is an experienced DWI attorney with a proven trial...

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Mimi Coffey At The Blood, Breath & Tears XXVI in Florida (2019)

Mimi Coffey is board certified in DWI defense by the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD). Mimi is a Regent with the National College of DUI Defense. She is the chairman of the NCDD Forensics Committee. Mimi is a frequent speaker at both national and state-wide seminars. She is an experienced attorney with a proven trial record (over 300 cases, with 80% of them being jury trials). She even sued the Texas Department of Public Safety in federal court on the Texas DPS surcharge program. When the Pantego Police Department started using officers to draw blood in DWI cases. Mimi even...

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The New Fake Deferred Adjudication DWI Law

[caption id="attachment_3949" align="alignleft" width="215"] The New Fake Deferred Adjudication DWI Law[/caption] Warning Don’t let The New Fake Deferred Adjudication DWI Law bill fool you. The uninformed may choose to get a fake dismissal not knowing it is fake. Mimi will analyze your DWI case during a full case evaluation 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, dismissal or reduction to a lesser charge (typically an “obstruction of a highway”). Deferred Adjudication A true deferred...

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Texas Has a Real Problem with Forensic Testing Accountability

[caption id="attachment_3937" align="alignleft" width="241"] Texas Has a Real Problem with Forensic Testing Accountability[/caption] An El Paso Texas Department of Public Safety forensic analyst faked 22 blood results and the Texas Forensic Commission finds she was negligent. Faking blood results is not mere negligence. It is criminal and can ruin the lives of many. Let's break this situation down to clarify the issue . . . What went wrong? A Texas Department of Public Safety forensic analyst, Ana Lilia Romero, had 22 blood samples to retest. Instead, she did a cut and paste job of the earlier test results. This is criminal misconduct, no...

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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 First, The Texas Department of Public Safety, a law enforcement agency,  runs the breath test program for the entire state of Texas. 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 all rests in...

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Mimi Coffey DWI/Criminal Defense Lawyer Credentials

Mimi Coffey is a nationally-renowned trial attorney, board-certified in DWI by the NCDD. She has been practicing for over 24 years and is an author of multiple DWI Defense textbooks and is a national and state-wide lecturer on the law. She is also a Regent with the NCDD. Furthermore, She is the chairman of the NCDD Forensics Committee. She is the founder of The Coffey Firm. With offices in both Dallas and Tarrant Counties, The Coffey Firm 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...

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Mimi Coffey is Board Certified in DWI Defense by the NCDD.

Mimi Coffey is a nationally-renowned trial attorney, board-certified in DWI by the NCDD, who has been practicing for over 24 years and is an author of multiple DWI Defense textbooks and is a national and state-wide lecturer on the law. Mimi has been a speaker on DWI in many states across the country including Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, Idaho, Nevada and Florida. Furthermore, Her passion for educating other lawyers dates back to 1999. Finally, She literally wrote Texas’ DWI Defense textbook, and the 2nd edition came out in 2018. More about Mimi Coffey When people look for a Top DWI Attorney or Best...

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NCDD Regent, Mimi Coffey

Mimi Coffey is a Regent of the NCDD (National College for DUI Defense). She wrote the DWI textbook: Texas DWI Defense and has 4 national & 6 statewide articles published on DWI/DWI related issues. Also, Mimi Coffey is a nationally-renowned trial attorney, board-certified in DWI by the NCDD, who has been practicing for over 24 years and is an author of multiple DWI Defense textbooks and is a national and state-wide lecturer on the law. In addition, She is also the chair of the forensic committee for the NCDD. The committee tracks the progress and advocates for changes in forensic...

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DWI’s Emotional Aspects

How it feels to have a DWI is something critically important to understand for anyone dealing with a person who has been arrested, whether that be for a family member, employer, etc. The amount arrests for a DWI every year is akin to the amount of people diagnosed with cancer (approx. 1.4 million, although this number has been decreasing). A Top DWI Lawyer helps everyone by understanding what a DWI arrest feels like with true respect and empathy. 1. Trauma Although lumped in with criminal activity, DWI arrestees did not set out to perpetrate a crime on society.  This is a very important distinction. ...

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