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John Gioffredi and Associates
John Gioffredi

4131 N. Central Expressway, Suite 680
Dallas TX 75204
(214) 739-4515

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John Gioffredi and Associates


Please Call: 214-739-4515

Before you choose an attorney, see what 20-plus years of passion, experience, and creativity can do for you.  Any DWI is potentially winnable.  Even yours.  See me first or see me LAST, but at least come see me.  You owe it to yourself, because a DWI conviction is forever.

Call now to set up an appointment  214-739-4515 

John M. Gioffredi

Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions:
Iowa, 1981
Texas, 1982
U.S. Federal Court, 1984

Education:
Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska, 1981
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

Iowa State University of Science & Tech, Ames, Iowa, 1978
B.S., Bachelor of Science

Fraternities/Sororities:
Delta Chi
Phi Eta Sigma

Birth Information:
John M. Gioffredi
January 30, 1956, Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America

Please Call: 214-739-4515

 

Attorney profile

John M. Gioffredi


Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions:
Iowa, 1981
Texas, 1982
U.S. Federal Court, 1984

Education:
Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska, 1981
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

Iowa State University of Science & Tech, Ames, Iowa, 1978
B.S., Bachelor of Science

Fraternities/Sororities:
Delta Chi
Phi Eta Sigma

Birth Information:
John M. Gioffredi
January 30, 1956, Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America

Firm overview

At Gioffredi & Associates, we represent people charged with crimes or people who have traffic tickets in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, including the counties of Dallas, Denton, Tarrant, Collin, Johnson, Ellis, Kaufman, Hunt, and Rockwall. Our attorneys are experienced in handling criminal cases and deliver high quality criminal defense representation to all our clients.

We have two offices in Dallas and although we concentrate our practice on the counties surrounding Dallas, we would consider traveling outside of Dallas to handle a particular case.

The philosophy of our firm is that in the majority of cases, there is very little to be gained by pleading guilty. In most cases, we have found that the end result from going to trial is generally just about what it would be if a guilty plea were entered. Generally, if the plea agreement is THAT good, there is something wrong with the case and the state should be held to its burden of proof. Every case is unique, however, as is every client's situation, and you should know that we will always act in your best interests. If you are simply looking for a quick guilty plea, we are probably not the right Dallas DWI law firm for you.

Traffic tickets are an exception to this rule. The main goal in a traffic ticket case is to keep it off of your record, and that is something that we can generally do better through a plea agreement. Whether we get the ticket dismissed outright, or whether we work a deal to have you on probation or to take a defensive driving course, we will do everything possible to keep that ticket from appearing on your record.

We work hard for our clients, suppressing evidence whenever possible, getting charges dismissed when we can. Then we prepare for trial, working up your defense and getting ready to present your side to the jury. We will take you all the way through your trial and, if necessary, sentencing. We will answer your questions and give you the information you need to make the decisions in your case.

If you have been charged criminally, contact us to set up an initial consultation. Let our aggressive, experienced, and reliable attorneys work for you!

What you need

What you need to know about your Dallas DWI

Any DWI is potentially winnable: even yours!

No matter how dismal your facts are, there is always a chance that you can win your case. The most important factors are:

  • How do you look on the video?
  • Why were you stopped by the police?
  • Is there a breath or blood test?
  • Who actually saw you driving? 
  • Was there an accident?

If you look good on the video, you have a decent shot of being found not guilty. You don't have to look perfect, as long as you don't appear noticeably drunk. The better you look, of course, the better your chances.

Under some circumstances, your Dallas DWI may be dismissed by a Motion to Suppress. A Motion to Suppress is a challenge to the legality of the officer's actions for stopping you. Some particularly fertile grounds for a motion to suppress include stops for weaving, or failure to maintain a single lane, cracked tail light lenses, and following another vehicle too close.

BrethalyzerNot all blood and breath tests will harm your case. In fact, breath and blood test scores under 0.12 are sometimes better than no test at all. Very high breath and blood test scores, like 0.24 and above, can also be turned into an advantage, especially if you look particularly good on the video tape. If a blood test was taken without your consent, the results might be thrown out by the judge or a jury. And there are a few other ways that breath and blood test results may be kept out of court. With breath tests, the results will probably be withheld if you are not on video with the breath test operator for a full 15 minutes prior to your first breath sample.

Who saw you driving in Dallas? To convict you, the prosecution must prove the "D" in DWI. They must prove that you were driving in Dallas before they can convict you of DWI. If the officer didn't see you driving, you have a chance of an acquittal because the prosecution may have no way to put you behind the wheel. This happens frequently when there has been a one car accident. The prosecution must have independent proof that you were driving. Your admission of driving, even on videotape, is not enough to convict you!

Night AccidentAccidents may help you in a variety of ways. First of all, they may not be able to put you behind the wheel, as is mentioned above. Secondly, even minor blows to the head can cause symptoms that are nearly identical to intoxication. Slurred speech, unsteady balance, disorientation, and confusion may accompany either intoxication or head injury.  The prosecution must prove the symptoms were caused by intoxication, and thats not always possible.

 

The right lawyer can make a huge difference. Do your research and choose the right Dallas DWI attorney.

Do not let any lawyer intimidate you into hiring them before you have had a chance to make an informed decision. It is much more important to find the RIGHT lawyer than it is to simply find a lawyer fast. I’d recommend speaking to at least three lawyers to see what each has to offer. Also make sure to speak to at least one or two Dallas DWI lawyers who are interested in fighting and winning your case. Avoiding any attorney in Dallas who doesn't discuss at least a few different ways of fighting and winning your case.

Generally, the courts will give you a month or two to find an attorney, even if they have to postpone your case a couple of times. This is not uncommon, nor is it generally detrimental to your case. An exception exists if you have been in an accident. In that case, there may be physical evidence which can disappear if you don't act quickly. You will want to take several photographs of the cars involved, the location of the accident, skid marks, debris in the road, etc., and a lawyer can assist you in doing that.

Here are five questions that you should ask any Dallas DWI lawyer who you are considering hiring.

  1. How many DWI not guilty jury verdicts have you won for your clients?
    Gioffredi and Associates - Over 80.
  2. How many outright DWI dismissals have you gotten for your clients?
    Gioffredi and Associates - Over a hundred.
  3. How many DWIs have you gotten dismissed by motions to suppress?
    Gioffredi and Associates - More than 60.
  4. How often have you turned down an obstruction plea bargain and went to trial?
    Gioffredi and Associates - 9 times. We won 7 of those trials. (Nobody is perfect.)
  5. What are the best DWI jury punishments you've recieved for your clients?
    Gioffredi and Associates - $0 fine and 0 days in jail on a handful of occasions. The law has been changed now and the state minimum is $0 fine and 72 hours in jail. I've recieved several of these sentences, too.

Gioffredi & Associates has two offices in Dallas, allowing us to serve the counties of Denton, Collin, Tarrant, Dallas, Johnson, Ellis, Kaufman, Hunt, and Rockwall with their DWI needs. Gioffredi & Associates can handle your Dallas DWI with the expertise and professionalism you deserve. John Gioffredi has over 20 years of experience handling Dallas DWI cases, and prides himself on providing passionate defense at an affordable price.

Make sure the ALR hearing is requested within 15 days of the arrest

You have 15 days from the date of the arrest to request a hearing on the drivers license suspension. If you fail to request a hearing within 15 days, the suspension is automatic. The hearing is called an "ALR" hearing, that's short for Administrative License Revocation hearing, and requesting one is very important to you.

There are at least four advantages to requesting an ALR hearing: 1) it always delays your license suspension for several months, 2) it may prevent your license from being suspended, 3) it allows your lawyer to get written copies of the officer's reports through the ALR discovery process, 4) done properly, it can limit the officer from adding additional facts at trial.

DWI

Dallas DWI

I KNOW WHAT YOU WANT, YOU WANT THAT DWI GONE

Of course you do. So do I. To me, a successful DWI defense means that at the end of your case, the DWI is GONE. Permanently erased from your record. Like it never happened. If you take a plea bargain for probation, the DWI stays on your record forever. To me, that's not acceptable, and that's not getting the job done.

AND YOU WANT THAT DWI GONE COMPLETELY:

Success to me means that there is no record of your arrest whatsoever. There is no record of your trial, and ALL copies of your fingerprints and mug shots have been destroyed or returned to you. What copies and records, you ask? The DA's records, the county clerk's records, the Texas DPS records, the FBI records, the CIA records, and the records of US Homeland Security.

You probably had no idea that you were that popular with law enforcement, but you are - ever since you were arrested for DWI. Copies of your file, including all of your fingerprints and mug shots taken in Dallas, have been forwarded to all of those wonderful organizations, so that they can protect the rest of us from people like you. Hopefully, no moron will ever pick your photo out of a line up and accuse you of some horrible crime that you didn't commit, but you never know - stranger things have happened. There are some very practical reasons why you will want those records gone - completely!

YOU WANT THAT DWI GONE FAST:

You don't want your case pending for two or three years. A pending DWI can keep you from getting a better job, or a promotion at work. It messes with you emotionally. I try to get DWI cases disposed of within 365 calendar days, if it is at all possible. Some lawyers actually recommend delaying your case for as long as possible as a primary trial strategy, hoping that the arresting officer may transfer or retire. That's fine if it works (and occasionally it does), but usually it only prolongs the agony.

If there is a sound strategic reason to delay your case, for instance if the arresting officer is nearing retirement age, then by all means it may make sense to do so. But to use delay as a primary defensive strategy in every single case is to me fairly ridiculous. On the contrary, I try to push my cases to trial. I have found that by continuously pressing the case forward, a significant number of my cases are dismissed either from the prosecution being unable present their witnesses in court on the trial dates, or sometimes by a speedy trial motion being granted by the judge.

I have beaten Dallas DWI cases in as little as four months from the date of arrest. Justice delayed is justice denied. If you have a winner for a case, let's not beat around the bush. Let's win it! You don't want a DWI case beating you down for three or four years. And if for some reason we can't beat your case, let's get it over with as soon as possible! The last thing I want to do is to prolong your misery! Who wants that?

YOU WANT YOUR DALLAS DWI GONE AT A REASONABLE PRICE:

There are lawyers in the Dallas area that charge $15,000 and more to defend a misdemeanor DWI. A law license is a valuable thing, and a lawyer who can beat a DWI case is a valuable person. But $15,000 or more to try a misdemeanor DWIin Dallas is highway robbery, especially if the lawyer has less experience in defending DWIs in Dallas and gets a worse result than I do.

Most of my misdemeanor Dallas DWI trials are $10,000 or less, and none of them are over $12,000 (unless somebody wants to pay for some unusual extras). My father was a factory worker for John Deere in a small town in Iowa. We didn't have a lot of money when I was growing up, and I still appreciate the value of a hard-earned buck. You won't get ripped off here!

 

DWI FAQ

Dallas DWI FAQ

Q. When do I need a lawyer?
A. When in doubt, always seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Most Dallas attorneys welcome the chance to discuss your situation free of charge. Make sure you begin by asking if there is a consultation fee. Many attorneys will discuss your case briefly over the phone to save you some time.

Q. How should I choose an attorney?
A. Most attorneys in Dallas are competent enough to handle your situation, or honest enough to tell you when you should hire someone else. Don't be afraid to ask them about their experience with cases like yours.

Q. Do I need a lawyer if I've been arrested?
A. Always contact a lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest. Memories begin to fade quite quickly after a while. Witnesses relocate and physical evidence can change,

Q. What if I'm guilty of the charge? Do I still need a lawyer?
A. Absolutely! Your lawyer is the only person with the knowledge and the motivation to get you through the legal system with the minimum amount of consequences. The prosecutor, the court clerks, and even the judge have their interests in mind, not yours. Quite often this means they will recommend what will save them the most time, not what will obtain the best result for you.

Q. At Gioffredi and Associates, how do you feel when you win a case for a client you know is guilty?
A. Damn good! That means we've done our job well and have a satisfied client. It's the prosecution's job to convict the guilty. Our job is to keep them from doing it.

Q. How many DWI not guilty jury verdicts have you won for your clients?
A. Over 80.

Q. How many outright DWI dismissals have you gotten for your clients?
A. Over a hundred.

Q. How many DWIs have you gotten dismissed by motions to suppress?
A. More than 60.

Q. How often have you turned down an obstruction plea bargain and went to trial?
A. 9 times. We won 7 of those trials. (Nobody’s perfect.)

Q. What are the best DWI jury punishments you’ve gotten for your clients?
A. $0 fine and 0 days in jail. On a handful of occasions. The law has been changed now, and now the state minimum is $0 fine and 72 hours in jail. I’ve gotten several of those sentences, too.

Gioffredi & Associates has two offices in Dallas, allowing us to serve the counties of Denton, Collin, Tarrant, Dallas, Johnson, Ellis, Kaufman, Hunt, and Rockwall with their DWI needs. Gioffredi & Associates can handle your Dallas DWI with the expertise and professionalism you deserve. John Gioffredi has over 20 years of experience handling Dallas DWI cases, and prides himself on providing passionate defense at an affordable price.


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