• Drunk driving accidents coincide with Texas football games

    Over 1,700 alcohol-related cases of vehicular accidents were recorded in 2013 on days when a Texas college or professional football game was happening, KYTX reported on October 10. The link between football games and drunk driving accidents are apparently on a rising trend.

    Department of Public Safety Trooper Jean Dark warns those intending to go to football games over the weekend to construct a plan before-hand that prevents anyone from driving under the influence of alcohol.

    In Texas, a driving while intoxicated offense can result in a fine up to $3,000. Beyond that, a drunk driving accident can result in serious injury and even death, affecting many more people than just yourself.

    In the event that you have been charged with a DUI or another alcohol-related offense, it is important to enlist the assistance of an experienced legal defense team. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may fight on your behalf for the reduction or even dismissal of your charges. Call our offices at (214) 845-7007 today to learn more.

  • Amanda Bynes arrested for DUI in Los Angeles

    Twenty-eight-year-old Hollywood actress Amanda Bynes was arrested early Sunday morning, September 28 and charged with suspicion of driving while under the influence in Los Angeles, California, authorities reported last Monday, September 29.

    According to police records, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) trooper stopped Bynes in the middle of an intersection in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles at around 4 a.m. A statement released by the CHP said Bynes was suspected to be under the influence of a yet-to-be-identified drug.

    Bynes, who has been involved in a string of drunk driving incidents in previous years, reportedly cooperated with the authorities throughout the process. She posted a $15,000 bail and was soon released thereafter.

    In Texas, if you have been charged with a DWI/DUI, you should get the assistance of an experienced attorney who is familiar with the process for the best chance at a favorable outcome. Get in touch with us at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas right away so we can evaluate your case by dialing (214) 845-7007.

  • Sexual assault case brought against Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones 5 years later

    Twenty-seven-year-old Oklahoma resident Jane Wackerly filed a civil lawsuit against football team Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerral Wayne “Jerry” Jones, Sr., claiming that Jones sexually assaulted her in a hotel in Dallas in 2009, Think Progress reported on September 10.

    According to the criminal complaint filed by the plaintiff, Jones purposefully assaulted her without her consent. The lawsuit, which seeks at least $1 million in damages, names both Jones and the Dallas Cowboys as defendants. The plaintiff claims that both parties threatened her into secrecy and covered up the incident.

    Jones’ defense alleged that this case is 5 years old, whereas the statute for limitations for cases like this is two years. It is likely Wackerly’s legal representation will find a way to allow the case to stand, however. Jones’ party believes Wackerly is attempting to extort him.

    The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter understand how cases like this are usually prosecuted and therefore, know best how to defend against them. Each case is unique, and therefore each defense will be built to suit your particular situation. To begin discussing your legal options, call our offices in Dallas at (214) 845-7007 today.

  • Man gets 10 years for five counts of indecency with a child

    Frisco soccer coach Kevin Michael Hilty, 43, pleaded guilty to five charges of indecency with a child on August 18 in the Denton County Court, The Dallas Morning News local section reported.

    Hilty was arrested in June 2013. He was advised that going to trial to fight the charges would likely result in a far greater sentence. Therefore, Hilty accepted the plea agreement, plead guilty to all charges, and was sentenced to ten years in prison. Another stipulation of the agreement was giving up his right to appeal.

    If you are facing serious criminal charges in Dallas, it is of primary importance to immediately seek legal counsel. This could be the difference that allows your charges to be reduced or, in some cases, altogether eliminated. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter work tirelessly for the most favorable result for our clients, and may be able to work for you. Call our offices at (214) 845-7007 today to begin building your defense.

  • $10,000 reward for wanted Texas fugitive

    Thirty-three-year-old Israel Aguirre, who has earlier been arrested for murder, prostitution, theft, and failure to ID, now has the reward money for his capture increased to $10,000.

    Aguirre had been convicted of a theft charge in 2002 and had been incarcerated at a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility. He was deported to Mexico after completing his sentence before being charged with murder.

    In 2005, Aguirre made a no contest plea to charges of prostitution and failure to ID in Dallas and was released on bond in relation to his murder charge. He appeared in court a couple of times between the years 2005 and 2007 before disappearing.

    The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Aguirre’s arrest on Sept. 9, 2007. It is believed that the suspect frequents the Dallas area.

    Employment opportunities, hefty fines, and possible long periods of prison time await people who are convicted of a criminal charge. Don’t take the risk of these things affecting your life. If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas, call the criminal defense attorneys of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 so we can provide you with information about legal representation.

  • Felony case against Colleyville mother for role in prank dismissed

    The case against 43-year-old Colleyville resident Tara Mauney for her role aiding local children in vandalizing a neighbor’s house in 2012 was recently dropped after Mauney apologized to the victim and paid for the damages, WFAA reported on August 7.

    Mauney was facing felony criminal mischief charges for the July 25, 2012 incident of vandalism to a neighbor’s house. Children attacked the house with toilet paper, mustard, peanut butter, and raw chicken. If convicted, she would have had to pay $10,000 in fees and may have faced jail time.

    Because Mauney refused a plea agreement last year, the woman pressing charges agreed to drop them so children would not have to testify in court.

    If you are facing criminal charges in the Dallas area, the assistance of a criminal defense attorney may allow your charges to be reduced or eliminated altogether. Contact our experienced criminal defense team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter to learn how we may advocate for you in court. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Capital murder conviction for shooting of policeman and shop owner

    A 12-member jury composed of nine men and three women voted the death sentence for Harlem Harold Lewis III, 21, who was charged with killing 53-year-old Bellaire, Texas policeman Corporal Jimmie Norman and 66-year-old shop owner Terry Taylor in 2012, Click2Houston.com reported on August 6.

    The jury members deliberated for 12 hours on the decision, considering the testimony from the prosecution and the defense in regards to the fatal shooting that happened on Christmas Eve 2012. In an unanimous decision, the jurors voted that Lewis was guilty of capital murder. The case will automatically be appealed.

    The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas understand the social stigma that surrounds serious criminal charges and know that this, rather than the facts, may influence a decision. However, our criminal defense team believes that every individual is due a fair trial, and we are dedicated to protecting the rights of clients like you in court. To discuss your case, call our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Judge refuses to re-consider competency of convicted Texas murderer

    Fifty-three-year-old convicted murderer Kenneth Wayne Thomas, who was imprisoned for killing a couple in Dallas in 1986, has been rejected for another competency trial by a Dallas judge, and his punishment for capital murder resumed, The Dallas Morning News reported on July 14.

    Thomas received a death sentence in 1987 for murdering Fred and Mildred Finch, an attorney and a school teacher, in their South Dallas house during a burglary.

    In 2010, Thomas was ruled by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to be unfit for trial because he had an IQ of 70. However, a jury declared last week that Thomas was competent to stand trial.

    If you are currently facing criminal charges in Dallas, it is important to enlist the assistance of a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter are dedicated to aggressively defending clients like you. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your situation and how we can help you build a comprehensive defense.

  • U.S. goalie Hope Solo allegedly assaulted her sister at latter’s house in Seattle

    The U.S. women soccer team’s 32-year-old goalie Hope Solo pleaded not guilty to the domestic violence charge leveled against her following her arrest at her sister’s house in Seattle on June 21, the Associated Press reported.

    Solo was told by the city prosecutor not to contact her sister and not to drink alcohol for an indefinite amount of time, although she was released without having to pay bail. The Kirkland, Washington police attested to Solo’s intoxication that night when she was accused of assaulting her sister and her sister’s 17-year-old son. They were alerted when a witness called and said a female was hitting people at the house. According to court documents, Solo and her nephew got into a fist fight after she allegedly insulted his acting career and appearance.

    A criminal offense charge can affect your personal and professional relationships and may result in significant fines or jail time. If you face a situation like this in Dallas, seek legal help from our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by dialing (214) 845-7007 to discuss what we can do for you.

  • Supporters rally for Texas teenager facing life sentence for pot brownies

    Nineteen-year-old Round Rock resident Jacob Lavoro is facing a sentence of life imprisonment after police authorities arrested him for possession of a 1.5-pound pan of pot brownies, The Daily Chronic reported on June 20.

    Lavoro, who turned down a plea agreement to have his first-degree felony reduced to a second-degree felony charge at the Williamson County Courthouse on June 19, was supported by a rally held outside the courthouse in Georgetown. Police authorities said that aside from hash oil and marijuana buds, Lavoro also possessed baggies filled with marijuana and digital scales.

    Lavoro’s defense attorney, Jack Holmes, filed a petition to suppress evidence in the case because the police entered Lavoro’s apartment illegally and without a search warrant.

    If you are facing drug offenses related to possession, sales, manufacturing or other crimes in Texas, take care to hire the experienced legal services of a criminal defense attorney. Drug charges are heavily prosecuted in Texas, so it is important to ensure that your rights are protected. Call our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by dialing (214) 845-7007 today.

  • Man flees country to avoid persecution, faces repercussions 10 years later

    In 1993, 57-year-old Nigerian citizen and Dallas resident Godwin Ojiaku fled the country when he was charged with indecency with a child. Now, over ten years later, he faces federal charge of interstate flight to avoid prosecution, The Dallas Morning News reported on June 1.

    When Ojiaku left a Dallas County criminal court in 2013, his indecency charge had been dismissed due to the accuser’s unwillingness to relive the ten-year-old traumatic experience, and his bail-jumping charge had also been released due to its expiration under the statute of limitations. However, authorities persevered, eventually pinning Ojiaku in federal court under the Fugitive Felon Act with interstate flight to avoid prosecution – a charge which does not have a statute of limitations. He plead guilty to the charge and may serve up to five years in prison. Afterwards, he will likely be deported.

    Ojiaku possesses a criminal history of sexual abuses: he was fired from two jobs for sexual harassment and incurred a charge for reckless injury to a child when he fondled a girl prior to the 2003 incident.

    People charged with sex crimes cannot afford to take their legal representation lightly, for the offense carries with it extreme legal consequences and difficult emotional circumstances. Seek the legal help of our attorneys at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas by dialing (214) 845-7007 if you face a charge of this nature.

  • Last minute postponement of Texas execution

    Forty-one-year-old convicted killer Robert James Campbell would have been the first executed by lethal injection after a botched execution in Oklahoma, but Campbell lived to see another day after the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily halted his scheduled execution on grounds that he could be mentally impaired, The Dallas Morning News reported on May 13.

    Campbell’s attorneys made the appeal suggesting the mental impairment of Campbell had not been given the chance to be sufficiently proved. IQ tests done by the state upon Campbell’s earlier incarceration were never released. Mental retardation is considered 70 on the IQ scale, and Campbell tested at 71 and 69 on two different occasions.

    A criminal charge can often place one in a debilitating position, both short and long term. Should you face a criminal charge in Dallas, don’t hesitate to seek legal guidance and representation from our aggressive and competent lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling (214) 845-7007.