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Mimi Coffey
Mimi Coffey is a trial attorney with 24 years experience. She is the founder of The Coffey Firm, serving Dallas, Tarrant and Collin counties. She is board-certified in DWI by the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD) and is a Regent of the NCDD. Mimi Coffey also listed on several “top” directory listings such as DWI attorneys Tarrant County, DWI Lawyer Fort Worth, DWI attorney Dallas County, DWI attorneys Collin County and DWI attorneys Parker County. I am very involved with the community DFW caring DWI lawyer, Texas Tech School of Law foundation and I enjoy using the skills I have developed to give back to the community. She has also appeared numerous times as a legal commentator for CNN, National Fox News, as well as local Dallas/Fort Worth stations on DWI-related stories. She is also a frequent speaker at both national and statewide seminars. She is a prolific trial attorney with a proven trial record. She has tried over 300 cases, with 80% of them being jury trials in her 18-year career. Her success includes everything from .21 breath tests, blood tests to 3 car accident cases just to name a few. Mimi’s cases have also made good case law for the State of Texas. For example, in Tarvin v. State, it was found that weaving within your own lane was not a traffic violation. In Lajoie v. State, the courts determined that the defendant’s request to have his attorney must be suppressed as opposed to used as evidence of guilt. She is the author of Texas DWI Defense: The Law and Practice. She is also the author of three nationally-published articles and four statewide articles. Mimi has twice attended Indiana University’s Borkenstein Course for state toxicologists both on alcohol and drugs. She has also completed the NHTSA SFST Course, SFST Instructor Course and the 12-Step DRE Mini-Course Program. She is also one of the first attorneys in the United States to attend the Axion Labs Gas Chromatography Training. Her minor in college was Geology lending her a comprehensive and disciplined scientific mind when it comes to scientific and mathematical issues such as blood and breath testing. Mimi has won the President’s Heart of a Champion Award presented by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) numerous times. Mimi also led the effort to get the State Bar of Texas’ Board of Legal Specialization to recognize the NCDD’s DWI Certification. Mimi has been active in 4 legislative sessions in fighting against bad DWI laws. Her efforts prevented the breath/blood test refusal as being a separate crime. She has advocated for true deferred adjudication for DWI. Mimi also sued a Dalworthington Gardens police officer for illegally drawing blood. Since her lawsuit, the 2nd Court of Appeals ruled against police officers drawing blood. (The Court of Criminal Appeals overturned this). Mimi also sued the Texas Department of Public Safety for its double jeopardy surcharge program. Since the initiation of her suit, Texas DPS has instituted amnesty programs based on one’s earning potential.

TSA Abuse- Needed Attention

Another TSA Video To Make Your Blood Boil This video demonstrates the abuse of power that we as an advanced society must study and address. In 1971, Philip Zimbardo picked 24 Stanford University students & had them role-play a simulated prisoner/guard experiment over six days. Those results simulate what this TSA video shows the propensity for- psychological abuse.   For example, it is inexcusable that all the way up the chain of command in this video the TSA employees were ... Read More »

Hero or Harasser ? Hero I Say.

Ron Martin

Man gets arrested for warning drivers about upcoming speed traps. He is also against how the speed traps are being enforced. Cops hiding behind signs and jetting out weaving in and out of traffic to catch the speeders is more dangerous than most of the speeding driving they are pursuing. My two cents: this is a free country, he has a right to protest, and he makes a good point. I realize most cities now earn a necessary part of ... Read More »

DWI Tyranny

Authoritarian states permit the alteration of truth; “to rewrite history retrospectively; to distort the news, suppress the true, add the false. Propaganda is substituted for information. In fact, in such a country you are not a citizen possessor of rights but a subject, and as such you owe to the State fanatical loyalty and supine obedience.” Bottom line, our law enforcement, district attorneys and judges have succumb to the propaganda machine of MADD politics. What happens then? It is already ... Read More »

The Aging Process and Field Sobriety Tests

It is not surprising that every year doctors diagnose 1.4 million Americans with cancer. This is the the second leading cause of death next to heart disease. It should be surprising that there are also approximately 1.4 million DWI/DUI arrests (1 of every 139 license drivers) in the country a year. This is with 16,685 alcohol related fatalities in 2005. “Alcohol related” fatalities means at least one driver or non-occupant involved in the crash having a blood alcohol concentration of ... Read More »

Are Prosecutor’s Office Policies Legal?

Legislatures, representatives of the people, write the laws NOT prosecutors. Each law is a result of a complex process. This process involves everything from public hearings, citizen and lobbyist input to sworn testimony. Penal code statutes have punishment ranges for a reason. We should not treat everyone the same when it comes to the same offense. Prosecutors are circumventing the laws by substituting their own punishment ranges in the form of “office policies” rather than considering the full range of ... Read More »

DWI-Modern Day Salem Witch Hunts

The “science” in field sobriety tests for DWI is laughable. Judge Daryl Coffey of County Criminal Court number 8, in Tarrant County, Texas once remarked to me that all a prosecutor need only mention the three letters “DWI” at least 15 times during trial to win a DWI case. It is this type of environment that has allowed history to repeat itself. All we have to do is look back to the Salem Witch Hunt trials of 1692. There, 19 ... Read More »

The Science of Fear & Field Sobriety Tests

Read the Article here! The Science of Fear & Field Sobriety Tests: Fear is not just mental. It is physical and involuntary. It causes one to lose normal mental and physical faculties. The field sobriety tests were developed in a vacuum. The greatest travesty NHTSA perpetuates on our citizenry is the application of these nonscientific tests. This is because these are tests without any proper scientific consideration to fear. Here is the article I wrote, very relevant for anyone arrested ... Read More »

DWI/DUI: Mass Hysteria, a Sociological Phenomena

Mass hysteria is a form of groupthink, in which several people with something in common begin to think in the same way. In mass hysteria, the group members all develop a common fear that often spirals into a panic. The group members feed off each other’s emotional reactions, causing the panic to escalate. Mass hysteria is linked to some riots, witch hunts and other events. (about.com) DWI has turned into a sociological mass hysteria. Our highways blare out “Drink. Drive. ... Read More »

Advice to those Accused of dwi dui; Arrested for dwi

If you get arrested for DWI please do yourself a favor: Mimi Coffey Words to Those Accused of DWI. Write out a 10 page autobiography of yourself (a recent Harvard grad told me his high school forced him to do it and it helped him fill out a successful application to Harvard). Focus on your achievements, what makes you shine above and beyond others, your contributions to society. Pick out ten pictures that define your life (kids, being a little league coach, ... Read More »

Blood Testing- Fermentation

Blood Testing- Fermentation On the topic of blood testing: Blood Test practice tip: “1-propanol, acetaldehyde, acetone, 2-propanol, isobutanol. . . have been considered as biochemical markers. . . to be flagged as suspicious for microbial contamination.” Forensic Science Intl 174(2008) 133-151. I have seen many client chromatograms with these compounds. Blood testing needs to be regulated. In Texas, NO such regulations exist. Most labs still don’t even report a margin of uncertainty. There should be a law that the lab videotape the ... Read More »