• Harris County considering relocation of juvenile inmates

    Executives at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Texas are discussing transferring 17-year-old inmates to a vacant Limestone County facility to separate them from adults, as required by the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.

    In May 2016, a federal inspector discovered that Harris County had no immediate plan to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, as its 17-year-old inmates “are still housed with adult offenders in a non-compliant fashion.” Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen said “It’s never as convenient to keep inmates outside your county, but sometimes it’s necessary.” Juvenile justice advocates say shipping teenagers so far from Harris County punishes them and their families.

    Being charged with a crime can have debilitating effects on your life, both in the short-term and the long-term, including a loss of job opportunities and the weakening of personal relationships. To avoid these negative outcomes, hire the legal services of our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Austin by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Texas pays $1.9M to Sandra Bland’s family

    Cannon Lambert, the legal counsel for the family of 28-year-old Sandra Bland, said $1.9 million will go to the family to settle the wrongful death lawsuit they lodged against the Waller County Police Department. Sandra Bland died in her jail cell at the Waller County Jail in Texas three days after she was arrested for a minor traffic violation on July 10, 2015.

    The local government of Waller County will provide $1.8 million of the settlement money while the remaining $100,000 will come from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Also, Waller County Jail will implement changes in their operations and in the law enforcement practices they implement.

    State House of Representatives County Affairs Committee Chairman Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) will introduce legislation during the 2017 session, the Sandra Bland Act, which seeks to handle mental health issues in the criminal justice system and provides treatment for incarcerated people.

    At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we provide legal services for our clients in Dallas and handle criminal defense cases. If you are accused of a crime, you deserve fair treatment and protection of your rights. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to learn more about how we can help you.

  • Man who assaulted two men at Chelsea restaurant gets nine years of imprisonment

    Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin was sentenced last Thursday, September 15 to nine years of imprisonment and three years of supervision after his release in relation to assaulting two gay men, Jonathan Snipes and Ethan York-Adams, at the Dallas BBQ restaurant in Chelsea, New York City in May 2015.

    Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arlene Goldberg, at El-Amin’s sentencing, said: “The jury rejected your claim of self-defense. That you did not cause serious physical injury to [Snipes and York-Adams] was only a matter of luck. I know that you want to cast this, your supporters as well, as an issue about race. I don’t see it that way…When you picked up that chair, that was a criminal act that cannot be excused.”

    According to Gay City News, El-Amin was seen “hitting the two men on their heads with a heavy wooden chair as they stand with their backs to him,” with prosecutor Leah Saxtein adding, “He used a dangerous instrument to strike them in the most vulnerable part of the human body.”

    Snipes contended that El-Amin had used homophobic slurs to refer to him and York-Adams, as they were in a romantic relationship. However, El-Amin claimed that information could not be factored into the testimony of it being a hate crime due to the fact that he is also gay.

    If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas or another area of Texas, contact our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter as soon as possible. We provide you with a chance of getting acquitted or having your charges dropped altogether. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Man receives life sentence for cutting the neck of a woman

    Fifty-six-year-old Sylvester Bryant was sentenced to life imprisonment last Thursday, September 1 for slashing the neck of Waco resident Clara Wells, a woman who allegedly refused his sexual advances.

    Bryant’s mother, Shirley Mims, told the court that her son came home on August 26, 2014 and said he tried to kill Wells. Wells told the court last Wednesday, August 31 that she met Bryant earlier that day at a gas station and agreed to meet him at her place of residence, where they had a few drinks.

    They then went to his mother’s house and to the C&E Motel on North Loop 340, where Wells met some friends. Afterwards, Wells said Bryant asked if he could have sex with her and when she refused, a struggle ensued that ended with him cutting her neck with a box cutter. Wells said she was let out of the vehicle – which was owned by Bryant’s mother – and left bleeding by the side of the road.

    Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, who provide legal services to our clients in Dallas and other areas of Texas, handle criminal defense cases such as weapons offenses and assault, among others. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your legal options.

  • Texas inmate receives stay of execution in death penalty case

    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday, August 19 granted a stay of execution for 43-year-old Jeffrey Wood, who was involved in a robbery killing 20 years ago.

    In 1996, 22-year-old Wood sat in a pickup truck outside a gas station as he waited for his friend, Daniel Reneau, to carry out a plan to rob the store. However, once inside, Reneau killed the store clerk. Because of the Texas statute commonly referred to as the “law of parties”, Wood, as a conspirator to Reneau, was guilty of all felonies committed by Reneau, even if he was himself unaware it would happen.

    Wood received a stay of execution after the court ruled that his attorney needed more time to argue that Wood’s learning disability and low IQ affected his ability to make sense of actions and words.

    If you are facing criminal charges in Texas, our attorneys at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can help you put together a sophisticated legal defense strategy. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Judge in Brock Turner case recuses himself from another sex crime case

    Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky, who faced wide criticism for giving a light sentence to 20-year-old Stanford University swimmer and rapist Brock Turner, recused himself from making a major decision in another sex crime case.

    In a statement submitted to the court on Monday, August 22, Persky said: “While on vacation earlier this month, my family and I were exposed to publicity surrounding this case. This publicity has resulted in a personal family situation such that ‘a person aware of the facts might reasonably entertain a doubt that the judge would be able to be impartial.’” According to a report from Mercury News, Stanford Law professor Michele Dauber welcomed the development. Dauber is leading the public outcry for Persky’s recall.

    Our committed team of experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter provide legal services for clients in Dallas and other areas of Texas. We handle cases such as sex crimes charges and juvenile crimes, among others. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your legal case.

  • Dallas criminal attorney gives insight into Freddie Gray prosecution

    Edward Nero, a member of the Baltimore Police Department, was recently found not guilty of assault in connection to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Gray died as a result of his mortal injuries while in police custody during a ride in Baltimore inside a police van.

    Dallas, Texas criminal lawyer John Helms said the prosecution was arguing an unusual argument. Namely, they said that since the police did not have probable cause to arrest Gray, and because they arrested him anyway, his arrest can be classified as an assault. Another prosecutor said that a police officer commits assault by arresting someone without probable cause even if the police officer believes he had probable cause for the arrest of a suspect. Nero’s attorneys said they have yet to see an occasion where this argument was successfully used in the state of Maryland. It would therefore be unlikely such a case would be tried in Texas.

    There is a wide range of criminal defense charges that a person can face in Dallas, all of which carry hefty fines or an ample amount of jail time. If you are charged with a crime in Texas, get in touch with our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Fort Worth sex offender recaptured after escaping from his trial

    Thirty-four-year-old in Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas resident and registered sex offender Jayson Neil Sparks has been recaptured and put in jail after taking off from his trial during a break on Friday, August 5.

    A report from the Fort Worth Star Telegram showed that Sparks was sentenced in absentia on Thursday, August 4 to 30 years of imprisonment for continuous sexual abuse. He was said to have broken out of the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center on Wednesday, August 3.

    Assistant District Attorney Sarah Bruner said Starks was literally trying to run away from the consequences of his actions, noting that “the defendant saw the evidence was stacked against him and ran away farther than face the consequences”.

    A person facing a criminal charge can expect to subjected to a loss of personal and professional opportunities, hefty fines, and jail time. Get in touch with our attorneys at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter if you have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas or other areas in Texas by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your case with us.

  • Judge denies plea deals for those charged with assaults to police officers

    Galveston County Judge Kerry Neves made a public declaration and order on Monday, July 18 that he plans to reject plea deals in cases that involve assaults and threats to police officers. He will only waver, he says, if there is compelling evidence to grant one. By compelling evidence, he means the officers involved in the case must be okay with the plea deal and the defendant must write a public and sincere apology to the police officers in the case.

    The order would also cover cases involving evading or resisting arrest, escaping and aiding escape, failing to identify, interfering with public duties, interfering with police service animals, attempting to take an officer’s weapon, and possessing banned items in a correctional facility. Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady said in an interview with local news station KTRK that the order would not disqualify Neves from presiding “as long as he’s willing to look at the facts of each case and consider the full range of punishment.”

    A person convicted of a criminal offense deserves basic protection, in a fair and unbiased way. If you are charged with a crime in Dallas, you have a chance of getting it dismissed or reduced if you hire the services of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. Find out more by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007.

  • Wal-Mart employee arrested for assault

    Police Chief James Waters of the Princeton Police Department reported that 20-year-old Wal-Mart employee Nicolas Martinez was arrested and charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The charges come after a serious stabbing incident, which occurred around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13.

    Waters identified one of the victims as George Wesley Cook, an off-duty battalion chief firefighter with the McKinney Fire Department in Collin County. Cook, who was slashed across the throat, was apparently seen giving aid to another stabbing victim while blood was coming out of his own neck. The firefighter is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. Wal-Mart commented that, “the associate who did this was arrested and his employment at our store was immediately terminated.”

    The legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter has experience representing individuals accused of crimes. We believe that no matter the charge, every individual deserves competent, effective representation. If you were convicted of a crime in Dallas or another area of Texas, call our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Texas beauty queen gets stripped of crown due to aggravated assault, DUI charges

    The first-ever Miss Corpus Christina Latina, Caitlin Cifuentes, lost her title this second week of July after pageant participants she was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and driving while intoxicated.

    Six contestants sued Kayla Alvarez, the pageant’s local director, claiming Alvarez knew of Cifuentes’ record but still allowed her to participate in the pageant, stating “Kayla Alvarez willfully and knowingly violated countless terms of the contractual agreement by allowing Caitlin Cifuentes to participate in and ultimately win the pageant.”

    In defense of her action, Alvarez, who is in her first year as pageant director, told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, “Just because you have a bad background…doesn’t mean that should hold you back from accomplishing your goals. She’s worked very hard and the judges saw that and she won fair and square.”

    However, Organization of Miss America Latina, Inc. founder and president Acirema Alayeto said Cifuentes should have been disqualified from the competition weeks ago.The title of Miss Corpus Christi Latina was transferred to Valeria Barrera, who is one of the women who filed a lawsuit against Alvarez.

    It is essential that you have a dedicated team of experienced criminal defense attorneys behind you and providing legal support to you if you have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas or other areas in Texas. Contact an attorney at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007 today.

  • Former Dallas Cowboys football special teams player C. J. Spillman found guilty of sexual assault

    Thirty-year-old former Dallas Cowboys football special teams player Claude Norman “C. J.” Spillman, Jr. was found guilty of sexual assault by a jury in Tarrant County, Texas in less than two hours on Thursday, June 30. He was sentenced to five years in prison the Friday after the trial.

    According to Jordan, Spillman invited a woman he met in another city to meet with him in Dallas soon after he signed with the Cowboys in September 2014. Spillman and the woman, whose name had not been broadcast publicly, reportedly went to the Gaylord Texan Resorts and Convention Center where Spillman had been temporarily staying.

    A report from the Grapevine Police Department showed that the incident allegedly took place on Sept. 20, 2014, between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m.

    Spillman avoided being interviewed by the press after news of the sexual assault investigation became public.

    If you had been charged with a criminal offense like sexual assault in Dallas, you need to contact our criminal defense attorneys at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter as soon as you can so that you are ensured that you get the most dedicated of legal representation services in the state. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007.