How I got into DWI Defense

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 lawyer was not enough if I... Continue reading →

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... Continue reading →

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 card (“Permanent Resident”) and receive a... Continue reading →

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

“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.  That is why we have defenses... Continue reading →

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... Continue reading →

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... Continue reading →

Mimi Coffey DWI/Criminal Defense Lawyer Credentials

Mimi Coffey is an attorney with 23 years experience. She is certified in DWI defense by the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD). She is a Regent with the National College of DUI Defense. She is the chairman of the NCDD Forensics Committee.  With offices in both Dallas and Tarrant Counties, she 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 a frequent speaker at both national and state-wide seminars. Mimi is an experienced attorney with a proven trial record (over 300 cases, with 80% of them being jury trials). Her successes include... Continue reading →