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Texas Family Violence Charges: Enhancement for Family Violence

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Some people get their family violence charge reduced to a class C assault ticket. While the reduction probably felt good at the time, WATCH OUT! Even if the court orders deferred adjudication for the ticket, THEY CAN STILL USE IT TO ENHANCE A FUTURE CHARGE. Similar to the Fake DWI Deferred Adjudication, even placement on deferred adjudication for an assault counts as a “conviction” under the law.  That is why it important to know all your options before deciding what you want to do with your case.  While a plea may seem like a quicker and easier route, trial may be...

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Texas Expunctions & “Criminal Episodes”

Expunction Getting an expunction in Texas is a way for people to legally eliminate information about their criminal records, including arrests. Obtaining an Expunction can be difficult. They become much more complex if you face multiple charges. To obtain an expunction, there are certain requirements that you must meet. However, you may be ineligible on a charge depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest. If you are looking for an "expunction lawyer near me", contact our office. We will discuss your eligibility for an expunction. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure § 55.01 deals with expunctions. Specifically, subsection (c) states, in essence, that...

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The Importance of Your DWI Video

Many people arrested for DWI are not aware they they have the right to request video footage of their arrest. Before September 1, 2015, DWI arrestees did not have that right. That changed with the 84th Texas Legislative Session when Charlie Geren (the representative for District 99 (Fort Worth)) introduced House Bill 3791 (HB3791) on March 13, 2015. The bill passed the Texas House on May 5, 2015, and passed the Texas Senate on May 27, 2015. Governor Abbott signed it into law on June 19, 2015. What you may not know is that Mimi was the criminal defense lawyer...

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Texas Unlawful Possession of a Firearm & Unlawful Carrying Weapon (UCW)

Unlawful Carrying Weapon and DWI sometimes go hand-in-hand. Mimi is used to seeing UCW charges added onto DWIs. She is also familiar with fighting agains Unlawful Possession of a Firearm charges. Mimi is well-known as one of the most knowledgeable criminal lawyers on the subject of DWI. This is because she is board-certified in DWI by the NCDD. If you are looking for a "criminal lawyer near me", know that she handles most all of North Texas. What is Unlawful Possession of a Firearm? Unlawful Possession of Firearms occurs when a person possesses a firearm a certain amount of time after a...

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DWI Interlock Devices and Exceptions

Hate having an interlock? Want to get it off? Courts may, and sometimes must, require you to install an interlock in your car. This device, in simple terms, is a breathalyzer that you must use to start you car. Some interlocks will also take a picture when you blow into it to make sure it is you (or a technician). If someone else blows for you, you may be at risk for DWI probation revocation or DWI bond revocation. This post aims to explain when courts may order you to install an interlock, and some of the exceptions to the rule. EXCEPTIONS...

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Defending Asleep-at-the-Wheel Cases

Defending Asleep-at-the-Wheel Cases By Mimi Coffey Ethanol is a central nervous system depressant. As one ingests more, the body is subject to more central nervous system depressant effects up to and including death. One of the well-known side effects of the ingestion of alcohol is sleepiness. However, an issue in a DWI case is the ability to scientifically distinguish between sleep deprivation and intoxication. Sleep deprivation brings about changes in physical and cognitive behaviors which are very similar to alcohol impairment including disorientation, slurred speech, and the inability to control the body and perform simple tasks.[1] Although they are frequently used interchangeably,...

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Family Violence: What Are My Options?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Are you kidding me? She called the police because she was mad. Now the police arrested me for Family Violence. Do I need an assault lawyer? (to simplify, I use "she" as an example, but this applies to “he” all the same) Sometimes, calling the police to settle a relationship dispute can lead to bigger problems down the road. Call the police when you encounter a real issue such as burglary or assault. AVOID CALLING THE POLICE BECAUSE YOU ARE UPSET AND ONLY WANT THE POLICE TO INTERVENE. If there is an allegation of assault, the chances of jail time...

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Questions About Texas DWI and DWI related Probation Revocations

Oh no! I Screwed Up My Texas DWI Probation! What Can I Do? I failed my interlock device. Am I going to jail? What will happen to me on Texas DWI probation if I test positive for alcohol on my drug test? (Assuming no alcohol is a condition of probation) How long does it take after you have a drink to pass a drug test for alcohol? These are all very common questions for someone who is on Texas DWI probation.  Chances are if you are reading this, you may be facing a DWI probation revocation. Please call us immediately so that we...

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Common Drivers License Questions When You Get a DWI

As if a DWI arrest wasn't stressful enough, Texas also has an "administrative" proceeding where Texas DPS tries to suspend your drivers license! Because a DWI arrest triggers both a criminal and administrative process, the Coffey Firm's DWI Lawyers in DFW will help with each process. Here are some common drivers license questions The Coffey Firm has heard from it clients: I got a DWI! Is my license already suspended?! Luckily, the answer is ‘NO.’ After a DWI arrest you have 15 days to request an ALR (Administrative License Revocation) hearing. The Coffey Firm will take care of sending the...

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Probation Revocation

Oh no! I Screwed Up My Probation! What Do I Do? A probation revocation is a very serious legal issue. Often, it is more serious than getting the original charge. There are typically more options available when the original charge is pending. With a probation revocation, the options are much more limited. The case situation is far more serious as the judge, prosecutor, and probation officer view a revocation as a defiance of court orders. The first thing to do is to call our office.  It is imperative that we speak with you before you speak with your probation officer. Anything...

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