Denton County is a unique county for DWI and Criminal Defense lawyers. Although Denton is a university town, the university demographic is not a majority of its voters or jury pool. In fact, it is an aging county, much like Tarrant County, and represents the best of what aged societies do: tolerance, broad demographics, adaptation to societal challenges and the compassion and wisdom that comes with those issues. In terms of jury verdicts, one can expect to get a diverse panel.
The positives of Denton County include:
1. Most misdemeanor court dates are excusable except the first and plea settings. However, you should always verify with our office whether or not your attendance is required.
2. Some of the prosecutors are very open minded in terms of resolving cases.
3. County jail time can be done on weekends.
On the other hand, Denton County also has its downsides:
1. All felony court appearances are mandatory.
2. Hearings may be required for early interlock removal and occupational drivers licenses (ODLs), which are important for DWI and license suspension cases.
3. Discovery is still paper heavy, instead of using more modern electronic discovery (e-discovery) practices. Physical discovery is generally given and one must drop off zip drives for video production (as opposed to simple downloads).
There are many newly elected judges in Denton County. This means that much is unpredictable, until patterns and knowledge of how each judge operates is established. The bar in Denton County is very friendly, helpful and accommodating.
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.