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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 similar to the number 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 Unlike with most other crimes, DWI arrestees did not set out to perpetrate a crime on society. This is a very important distinction.  People...

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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 in a person's life. But there are repercussions if a parent has a DWI. Signing off as a parent “instructor” for a person’s driver’s license involves many hours. Having a DPS agent tell your child they are ineligible for a license because of your prior DWI is embarrassing. Not to mention, a rejected driver’s license application because of this wastes many precious hours. Many teenagers are turning to their parents in modern times to satisfy the driver’s education requirement for a driver’s license. A...

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

A DWI by drugging - 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 government created the penal code 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 have intended. ...

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Three Ways A DWI Can Negatively Affect You

One of my favorite lines is "I don't trust anyone who has not had a DWI". Truthfully, my clients are among my favorite people. They are social, resourceful and gregarious. Most drinking in a DWI scenario involves socializing with other people. The Barbara Streisand line, "People who need people, are the luckiest people in the world" is so true. It is important for prosecutors, judges, and jurors to understand the life changing consequences of a DWI conviction. Here are 3 consequences that some people may not be familiar with: Foreign Exchange Student Sponsorship First, you can't host a foreign exchange student for...

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Lying Witnesses: The Shabby State of Criminal Justice in our Country

The problem of lying witnesses should have The American Criminal Justice System saying: “Houston, We have a Problem.” Examples of Lying Expert Witnesses Mark Fuhrman Mark Fuhrman, convicted of a felony perjury, is now a national Fox legal analyst, an “expert witness” on police matters. Last week, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, ruled “Dr.” James Ferguson, a state toxicologist, convicted of perjury, was immune from suit for lying in a murder case where the judge relied on his expert witness testimony for the conviction. Fred Zain Fred Zain, toxicologist at the West Virginia DPS, falsified lab results which resulted in...

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How I got into DWI Defense

Ft. Worth Star Telegram article I have been in love with defending DWI cases since I first started practicing law. When I graduated law school, I had no clue that I would become a board certified lawyer in DWI. As a brand new lawyer I handled court appointed cases. This turned into a job with the biggest criminal defense practice of the metroplex at the time back in 1995, Bailey and Galyen. I was responsible for half the firm’s Tarrant County misdemeanor docket, which was comprised of DWIs. I knew early on that being a criminal defense lawyer was not enough to...

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DWI Dismissal & Obstruction of the Highway

Mimi Coffey DWI Lawyer, DWI Dismissal, Obstruction

What is obstructing a highway? Is it a DWI Dismissal? After a Texas DWI arrest, you are probably asking yourself the following questions: Can I get my DWI dismissed? If so, how? How likely is dismissal of my DWI? I have heard of people reducing their DWI cases to “obstruction of a highway”. What is “obstruction of a highway?” How likely is it to get an “obstruction of a highway?” Will a DWI conviction be on my record forever? At the Coffey Firm, we believe in straight talk. Mimi does not advertise “DWI dismissals” or “DWI reduced to Obstruction” for the following reasons: Very few DWI...

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Expert Witnesses Who Lie

Whether it is DWI expert witnesses, DNA experts, or analytical chemists, the concerns for truth in science are the same…. The American Criminal Justice System: “Houston, We have a Problem.” Expert Witnesses Who Lie Mark Fuhrman, convicted of felony perjury after the O.J. Simpson trial, is now a national Fox legal analyst, an “expert witness” on police matters. Last week, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, ruled “Dr.” James Ferguson, a state toxicologist, convicted of perjury, could NOT be sued or found liable for lying in a murder case where his expert witness testimony was relied upon by the judge...

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Double Standard

We the citizens must know the law. It is no excuse for us to not know the law in court. Yet the Houston Court of Appeals created a double standard when it ruled that a cop can be mistaken on the law and it does not matter, the resulting investigation is legal. In other words: the stop is good. Babel v. State created a double standard The Houston Court of Appeals in Babel v. State, No. 14-17-00762-CR, 2019 Tex. App. LEXIS 3144 (Tex.App.-Houston [14th Dist.] April 18, 2019) (designated for publication) has laid down the gauntlet in an illogical position to "back the...

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A Sad Day in America

It is a sad day in America because the National Commission on Forensic Science has been terminated. This commission has helped overturn convictions based on faulty forensic science. Further, the commission has been helpful for DUI and Criminal Defense lawyers by exploring minimal qualifications to be able to be an analyst in reporting a forensic result and minimum requirements to ensure validity in forensic science. The elimination of this commission will serve to harm more than help those who have been accused of a crime, including a DUI. It will also harm DUI and Criminal Defense lawyers in being able...

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