There is a saying that folks in Fort Worth like to say: “Life is too short to go to Dallas.” Mimi is strongly against this saying and mentality. Although born and raised in Ft. Worth, Mimi has always loved Dallas County and DFW metroplex.
Once she opened The Coffey Firm in 2000, it was within a quick two years that she branched out into Dallas. Loving everything Dallas has to offer, she lives in Dallas (as well as Ft. Worth in Tarrant County) and has done so for years. She spends half her week in Dallas and half in Tarrant County on a regular basis. Mimi loves being a Dallas County criminal defense lawyer and DWI defense attorney in Dallas County.
Here are Mimi’s tips on Dallas County criminal cases:
Dallas County is very efficient. The courts understand that Dallas County criminal defense lawyers take care of business. The misdemeanor courts generally do not require citizens accused to show up to every single court date if they have a lawyer. The courts are very respectful of people’s time. The courts don’t punish people by making them take numerous days off work that are not necessary.
Dallas judges are very available. Even if they are not in trial, judges are generally very available both mornings and afternoons for Dallas County criminal defense lawyers to handle court business.
The scheduling of Dallas court dates is very effective. Generally speaking, the lawyers have a choice of available dates to choose from. When these dates have conflicts, most court coordinators will vary this to accommodate one’s schedule.
There are many side rooms at the Frank Crowley Courts Building. These are very convenient for discussing private matters.
If the case resolves with probation, plan to get to probation orientation before noon or within the next 5 business days (make sure to get permission first).
Dallas County is fast paced as far as lawyers being able to resolve cases. In Dallas County, things very much go by the mantra of “call it like it is.”
Some helpful tips for Dallas County criminal cases: Know that the felony cases move fast. Probation and parole go out of their way to help a person succeed as a culture. Dallas County has a wonderful DWI court where a DWI is dismissed if there is more than one DWI charge (ask your lawyer to help with qualification, admission, etc.).
Some helpful reminders for Dallas County criminal cases: Jail is jail. There is no “labor detail” program in Dallas County. There is a “roads and bridges” crew, but this is not widely available (depends on the judge, the charge). Most judges do not allow the payment of court costs and fines up front to excuse community service.
Mimi loves to practice in Dallas County. She loves the court personnel, colleagues and the overall approach to things. She strongly believes that this has made her a better lawyer as well as her experiences in other counties such as Collin, Denton, Parker and Johnson counties. Mimi’s office in Dallas County is located under her billboard off of Stemmons Freeway and Commonwealth. 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.
The cities, towns and municipalities of Dallas County that submit their misdemeanor (above a class C citation) and felony cases to the Dallas County DA's office are: