Category Archives: Domestic Violence

  • Expediting Dallas domestic violence cases aims to give victims immediate justice

    Maria Escamilla, whose ex-boyfriend raped her and took a knife to her face, breasts, and vagina, did not immediately get the justice she wanted. She had to wait for two years before she was able to face the man who violated her and left her for dead in a Dallas County court.

    A new procedure in hearing domestic violence cases could change how long defendants and victims wait for courts to resolve a particular case. According to Dallas County Criminal Court Judge Shequitta Kelly, long waits for domestic violence cases are injustices in and of themselves. She noted that “even as a prosecutor one of the first things I would say to a victim is ‘this is going to be a long road.’ And that’s pretty sad.”

    Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Brandi Mitchell said when the trial for a domestic violence case gets postponed, it gets harder to resolve the case. Sometimes, victims move and change their phone numbers. Other times, the victims and their violators reconcile, with both parties no longer interested in reopening the case, or the victim moves on and chooses to leave the case in the past.

    Contact our Dallas criminal defense attorneys today at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007 if you need legal representation for your criminal defense case.

  • When domestic violence becomes kidnapping

    It is possible for someone facing domestic violence charges to suddenly find that he or she is being accused of kidnapping too.

    A lot of domestic violence cases start with alcohol on the part of the perpetrator, statistics show. When a person with violent tendencies and an intent to commit domestic violence gets drunk, he or she sometimes resorts to imprisoning a person to prevent that person from escaping.

    When a person tries to prevent another person from leaving an area, a felony unlawful restraint or kidnapping charge can result. In the state of Texas, “unlawful restraint” is defined as “intentionally or knowingly restricting a person’s movements, without consent, so as to substantially interfere with the person’s liberty, by moving the person from one place to another or by confining the person.”

    Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter will protect your legal rights and freedoms when you are charged with a criminal offense in Dallas or another area in Texas. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team and set up an initial appointment by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Assault charges dismissed against Houston doctor

    The assault charges filed against 49-year-old Dr. Rafael Lugo have been dropped.  Lugo was serving at Houston Methodist Hospital and Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, both in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, when a Montgomery County grand jury refused to indict him last Tuesday, May 31.

    Lugo was charged in December 2015 with assault of a family member – a felony – for allegedly breaking the finger of his former girlfriend, former KHOU news anchor Christine Haas, as he was preventing her from leaving his home. Haas underwent surgery to repair the damage. Lugo originally claimed he did not break Haas’ finger, and that she got the injury from slamming her finger in the door. The grand jury agreed that it was not Lugo’s intention to break Haas’ finger, and that the result was accidental.

    The criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, do everything possible to ensure that our clients do not get charged, have the charges against them dropped, or receive the least severe penalties possible. Call our offices at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your personal situation and assess your legal options.

  • 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.

  • Dallas man charged with felony injury to a child

    Ralph Resendiz, 19, was charged with 1st degree felony injury on Friday, January 24 after his infant son was taken to the hospital with significant injuries.

    Upon being treated at the Children’s Medical Center Dallas, physicians found that the infant suffered from a broken rib and multiple breaks in both of his legs. Apparently some of the injuries were over one week old.

    Resendiz, of West Dallas, explained to authorities that the stress of parenthood and hallucinations caused him to use excessive force on his child. Resendiz admitted to having knowledge of his son’s injuries long before he was taken to the hospital for treatment.

    If you are facing serious criminal charges in the Dallas area, attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter could help defend your rights. If you are interested in further discussing how you could benefit from legal defense, call (214) 845-7007.