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

The American Criminal Justice System: “Houston, We have a Problem.” Mark Fuhrman, convicted of a 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 for the conviction. Fred Zain, toxicologist at the West Virginia Department of Public Safety, falsified lab results which resulted in as...

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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 eventually 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 largely comprised of DWIs. I knew early on that being a criminal defense...

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DWI Dismissals & Obstruction of the Highway

What is obstructing a highway? DWI Dismissals & Obstruction of the Highway If you have been arrested for DWI in Texas, you are probably asking yourself the following questions: 1. Can I get my DWI dismissed? If so, how? How likely is it that my DWI case can be dismissed?2. I have heard of people getting their DWI cases reduced to “obstruction of a highway.” What is “obstruction of a highway?” How likely is it that I might get an “obstruction of a highway?”3. Will a DWI conviction be permanently on my record? At the Coffey Firm, we believe in straight talk. Mimi does...

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Lying Expert Witnesses

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.” Mark Fuhrman, convicted of a 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 for the...

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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. For example, we can't argue to a judge that we thought the speed limit was 65 when in fact it was 50 in fighting the ticket. Yet the Houston Court of Appeals 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. 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,...

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