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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. [caption id="attachment_3153" align="alignnone" width="360"] Texas DWI Authority (frequent lecturer on DWI)[/caption] More about Mimi...

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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 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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