• Decision awaits on whether to try murder suspect as juvenile or adult

    The future of a 14-year-old girl, who has been accused of drowning the infant daughter of her mother’s family friend, will depend greatly on whether she is tried as a juvenile or an adult, The Dallas Morning News reported on April 10.

    Texas District Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon recently heard arguments on whether the teenager, who was arrested in January 2015 for the death of Justice Hull, should be tried as a juvenile or an adult.

    If the court decided that the girl should be tried as an adult and if she is also found guilty of capital murder, she may receive life imprisonment in an adult jail. If she is deemed a juvenile and convicted through that system, she may be able to experience intensive programs that could allow her a chance at rehabilitation and freedom.

    Travis County Judge Darlene Byrne, who is the elected president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, said this decision is always extremely difficult, as the needs of society are weighed against the needs of the young person in question.

    Our Dallas legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter understands the complexities of criminal court and may use our experience and resources to work for the best possible result from your case. Call our offices at (214) 845-7007 to begin working toward the protection of your future.

  • Millionaire Robert Durst indicted on firearm charges in Louisiana

    Seventy-one-year-old New York City real estate heir Robert Alan Durst was indicted on April 8 by a grand jury in New Orleans, Louisiana for the possession of firearms by a felon and possession of both a firearm and an illegal drug, which was 5 ounces of marijuana, KTTC reported.

    Durst’s attorneys said the charges have forced him to stay in New Orleans against his wishes. Also, his defense will likely include the argument that his weapon charges arrest was illegal, as FBI agents searched his hotel room without a warrant and before his arrest.

    The indictment contained 15 aliases. Two were variations of his name, while others were monikers he has used previously: Dorthy Ciner, the name he used as a deaf-mute man in Texas, and Morris Black, which is the name of a neighbor he dismembered. In that situation, Durst was acquitted due to an argument of self-defense.

    If you need legal representation for your criminal case in Dallas or elsewhere in Texas, get in touch with our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007 today.

  • Argument in Wendy’s drive-thru results in assault

    Forty-four-year-old Edwin Teodoro Torres was charged on March 16 with a second-degree felony of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly stabbing someone while during an argument in the line of a Wendy’s drive-through, KXAN reported.

    The incident occurred at 1425 West Wells Branch Parkway in Pflugerville at around 3:40 a.m. on March 14.

    According to police investigations, Torres showed aggressive behavior towards people ordering in the take-out drive-through counter, allegedly driving behind a black pickup truck and honking his horn at the pickup’s driver to prompt him to hurry.

    The two men had an argument, leading Torres to reach out the window of his vehicle as he passed the black pickup to stab the driver in the chest.

    Torres admitted to stabbing the man at the drive-through because he believed the man was trying to rob him.

    The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter provide a comprehensive defense to those who have been accused of assault and other charges in Dallas. You do not have to face the intimidating legal system alone–speak with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007 today.

  • Dallas police officer may have lied in DWI case

    Sergeant Stephen “Tiny” Baker of the Dallas Police Department is currently facing serious allegations that he lied and fabricated evidence in a 2012 drunk driving case, according to wfaa.com.

    Baker claimed that he had pulled Marshall Salazar over initially for running a red light along the intersection of South Carroll and Columbia Avenues on July 6, 2012. Baker questioned Salazar about drinking and driving, an allegation which he originally denied, but later admitted to. However, video footage showed that  Salazar actually had the right of way because Baker had to run the red light on his way to stop Salazar. Baker has had a history of misconduct including spying on his ex-girlfriend on the clock, several complaints of inappropriate use of force, and putting a rookie officer in danger.

    Baker received a five day suspension and charges against Salazar were dropped.

    Those familiar with the case say that this ruling could affect previous cases that hinged on Baker’s credibility.

    DWI charges are taken very seriously in Texas, so you should retain legal counsel as early in the process as possible. If you have been accused of a driving while intoxicated offense, our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can fight for your freedom and your rights. Call us today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Police looking for intoxicated and reckless drivers over spring break

    A Dallas County Sheriff’s public information officer Raul Reyna said the police force will be focusing its efforts on catching unsafe drivers using the roads and tollways this spring break and St. Patrick’s Day weekend in keeping with its bid to promote highway safety, the Shorthorn reported on March 4.

    Reyna noted that they will be deploying more police officers to specifically target drunk and reckless drivers.

    Under the Texas Penal Code, a person who drives a motor vehicle in a public place and appears to be intoxicated or has consumed alcohol – depending on the level he has ingested – is in violation of the law and has committed a Class A or Class B misdemeanor, University of Texas at Arlington Police Captain Mike McCord said.

    A Class A misdemeanor, which is what a person is guilty of when his blood alcohol content is 0.15 or more at the time when he was given a field sobriety test, is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000, a maximum jail sentence of one year, or both.

    Being charged with a DWI can affect your finances, your career, and even your personal relationships. If you have been charged with this offense in Dallas, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may work on your behalf to challenge each and every aspect of the case against you. Call our offices at (214) 845-7007 today to learn more.

  • Mesquite man held for fatal DWI in uptown Dallas

    Twenty-three-year-old Mesquite, Texas resident has been taken into custody by members of the Dallas Police Department and was charged with intoxication manslaughter on Wednesday, February 1, according to cbslocal.com

    According to preliminary police investigations, Travis Elwell had been driving at a high speed on McKinney Ave. February 10 at around 5:30 p.m. when he crashed into a parked vehicle which 34-year-old Emily Javadi was standing alongside. Javadi was rushed to Parkland Hospital, but she eventually succumbed to her injuries.

    One local group has said they were in the midst of an investigation regarding the traffic pattens and proclivity to speed in that area of town in the weeks before the accident occurred.

    Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter know how intimidating these charges can be, but you don’t have to face them alone. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to see how we can best proceed with your case.

  • “Juveniles in justice system deserve a second chance”

    Advocates of juvenile justice are pushing for reform in the way minors are treated in the criminal justice system in Texas, according to an editorial on victoriaadvocate.com.

    Experts are urging a rehabilitation program be established for juveniles in order for them to once again become productive members of society after having been exposed to crime. They go on to say that it is detrimental for that population to be placed within exposure of hardened adult criminals.

    In its January report, the Texas House committee on criminal jurisprudence speculated that the 34% increase in felony rearrests for youths who were transferred to the adult system may have been due to the fact that young people internalize feelings of their identities as criminals. This occurrence spurred State Representative Gene Wu (Democrat of Houston), to craft a bill that seeks to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18. The committee report cited other states that have already raised the age of criminal responsibility to 18, including Illinois, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and New Hampshire.

    Because juvenile crimes are still very harshly tried in Texas, it is advisable that you seek professional counsel as soon as possible as your freedom and your future may be at stake. Should you be charged with a criminal offense in Dallas or other areas in Texas, get in touch with our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007.

  • Dallas County assistant DA arrested on suspicion of DWI

    Twenty-eight-year-old Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Justin Avery Moore was arrested on January 4 on charges of driving while intoxicated, WFAA 8 reported.

    According to a police arrest report from the Dallas Police Department, Moore was found speeding, weaving in and out of lanes, and tailgating at 2:45 a.m. on Highway 67 near Loop 12.

    The police officers attested to Moore refusing to step out of his vehicle, which led them to take him into custody on suspicion of drunk driving.

    Moore has served in the Dallas County DA’s office since July of last year and graduated law from the Southern Methodist University, his LinkedIn profile showed. He is also the pioneer of The Moore Foundation, a non-profit which advocates awareness of mental illness. Moore is currently suspended without pay.

    Being charged with intoxicated driving is serious, as it has the power to affect your personal and professional career even before conviction. If you are facing charges in Dallas, enlist the legal expertise of our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today by calling (214) 845-7007.

  • Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins issued misdemeanor assault citation

    Dallas City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins was issued a Misdemeanor Class C citation for allegedly assaulting a female employee at the Dallas City Hall, WFAA reported on December 12.

    The female employee said Atkins shook her after another employee let Atkins through a secured door at the City Hall. The employee claimed she did not recognize Atkins and so did not let him enter.

    The complainant and a witness to the incident were interviewed by the Dallas Police Department’s criminal intelligence and public integrity units.

    Atkins released a statement on the same day that stated he never physically touched either employee, although he was agitated because they did not let him in the building.

    Atkins is posted under District 8 in Dallas and has served on the City Council for seven years.

    Facing criminal allegations in Dallas can greatly affect your personal and professional life. With the help of an experienced defense attorney, however, these effects may be mitigated by a quick and effective resolution to your case. Call the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today to learn about your legal options.

  • DPD officer on leave after DWI charge

    Police Officer Aaron Rodarte of the Dallas Police Department in Texas was charged with driving while intoxicated and evading on foot on November 30 after his arrest in Highland Park, WFAA8 reported.

    The Highland Park Department of Public Safety did not give specific details concerning the circumstances of Rodarte’s arrest.

    Rodarte, who is assigned to the South Central Patrol Division, is currently on administrative leave while the internal affairs division in Dallas is conducting an investigation into his case.

    Rodarte is another member of the Dallas police force to commit recent infractions against the law. On November 24, Officer Jesus Martinez was terminated from his position after being charged with official oppression for using excessive force against a person panhandling for money.

    The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas work for the reduction or elimination of the charges against our clients, and we may be able to work for you. Call our offices at (214) 845-7007 today for experienced legal counsel.

  • Buddy Valastro from TLC’s Cake Boss arrested for DWI

    The New York City Police Department reported they arrested Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro, Jr., a reality television personality featured in Cake Boss, for driving while impaired in Lower Manhattan, according to a November 13 Associated Press article.

    The New York police said they noticed Valastro’s yellow 2014 Corvette swerving in and out of traffic while heading north between the 20th and 32nd streets. Valastro, who hails from Montville, was pulled over on 10th Avenue in Lower Manhattan at around 1 a.m. Authorities reported that he was unsteady on his feet when officers asked him to emerge from the vehicle. They made him take a Breathalyzer test, which he failed. Thereafter he was taken into custody.

    Cake Boss is a TLC show that follows the operations of Carlo’s Bakery, a New Jersey business owned by an Italian-American family.

    If you are facing driving while impaired charges in Texas, the legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may work tirelessly on behalf of your rights and interests. Contact our offices at (214) 845-7007 today to learn about your options for defense.

  • Sexual assault case against Cowboys’ owner dismissed

    The sexual assault lawsuit against the NFL Dallas Cowboys’ owner, president, and general manager Jerry Jones, filed by Jana Weckerly, was dismissed on October 17, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

    Weckerly also accused an attorney of Jones of destroying evidence she had of the event – a memory card with photographs – and that she was given money to keep quiet about what happened several years after, all of which Jones vehemently denied. According to Texas District Judge Dale Tillery, even if said allegations were true, the five-year statute of limitations for civil sexual assault cases had already passed.

    The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas know that sexual crimes are often highly sensitive, and we exercise the utmost care when handling the defense of our clients in these cases. If you have been accused of a sex crime in the Dallas area, call our offices at (214) 845-7007 today to learn how we may work to protect your interests against these allegations.