Tag Archives: Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter

  • Men accused of murder to be tried separately

    A criminal court judge ruled last Wednesday, January 11 that 22-year-old Elizabethton, Tennessee resident Aaron Charles Garland and Greeneville resident Dallas Sarden will be tried separately  in court. The two are accused of murdering 59-year-old Johnson City resident Karen K. Parker.

    Garland and Sarden requested different trials, and state prosecutors chose not to object to this motion. Parker’s body was found inside her apartment in the Westgate Village complex on Nathaniel Drive in August 2015. Garland and Sarden were charged with first-degree murder and robbery. Police said they were able to link the two men to the crime by tracking Parker’s stolen bank cards.

    At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we provide legal services in Dallas and other areas of Texas by handling criminal defense cases that involve theft and robbery, assault and battery offenses, and homicides, among others. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • East Texas lawyer charged with marijuana possession

    East Texas attorney Ken Keith Miller, 59, was taken into police custody on Friday, December 30 and charged with marijuana possession.

    Jail records showed Miller was booked at the Smith County jail by the Department of Public Safety and was assigned a $500 bond. He was released later in the day after posting said bond. Miller is a prominent personal injury lawyer who has offices in Tyler in Smith County.

    A criminal conviction can have consequences in every area of your life. If you had the misfortune of being charged with a criminal offense in Dallas or another area in Texas, hire the legal representation of our criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. We have dedicated our professional careers to helping people clear their names and receive less consequential punishments for the crimes of which they are accused. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your personal situation and learn more about your legal options.

  • 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.

  • School employee accused of online solicitation of a minor

    Fifty-two-year-old Jeffrey Scott Miller, who was a teacher’s aide at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller, lost his job on Friday, October 21 after he was arrested for charges of online solicitation of a minor.

    Miller was one of eight people who were arrested on suspicion of being a child predator by agents with the Texas Attorney General’s Office’s child exploitation unit and fugitive apprehension unit. Miller admitted that he communicated with who he believed to be a woman, 35, and her daughter, 14, and that he went to Rockwall to perform sexual acts with both the adult and the youth, a press release from the AG’s office showed.

    Online solicitation of a minor is a second-degree felony that carries with it a punishment of two to 20 years in jail. Investigators who pretended to be children were solicited for sex by all eight men during the sting operation.

    Being charged with criminal offenses can lead to serious consequences for the person being charged because a conviction carries hefty penalties such as long imprisonment terms and heavy fines. If you are charged with such an offense in Dallas or another area of Texas, seek the legal representation of our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Ex-drama teacher in Fort Worth makes guilty plea to child porn charge

    24-year-old Watauga, Texas resident Matthew Anthony Keller is facing a statutory rape penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years of federal imprisonment, a $50,000 fine, and a lifetime of supervised release. These penalties come after he made a guilty plea to one count of production of child pornography on Wednesday, October 19.

    Keller, who is a former drama teacher at Southwest High School in Fort Worth, has been in prison since he was arrested in July 2016 on a related federal complaint. He is set to be sentenced by United States District Judge Terry Means on March 2, 2017. According to documents filed in reference to the case, the parents of the victim notified a police department in Macomb County, Michigan when they discovered their 15-year-old daughter was having a long-distance relationship with Keller. They were further worried when they found out that Keller had intentions to fly to Michigan from Texas to have sexual encounters with their child.

    When a search warrant was issued to search Keller’s room, police investigators found sexually explicit videos of the minor victim.

    Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter are ready to provide defense for our clients who have been charged with criminal offenses in Dallas and other areas in Texas. We use comprehensive, competent, and aggressive legal defense strategies to obtain the most favorable result for the case. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to learn more about your options.

  • Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton acquitted of fraud charges

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was acquitted of civil charges of securities fraud brought against him by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC says Paxton encouraged investors to give money in a misleading and unlawful way to McKinney-based Software company Servergy while serving as a state legislator.

    In a 29-page ruling written by United States District Judge Amos Mazzant III, Mazzant acknowledged that Paxton “actively recruited investors” for Servergy without telling said investors that he would be profiting from commissions he would receive from their investments. However, the judge says that the action is only legally relevant if the undisclosed information “renders [a] statement false or misleading,”

    According to the lawsuit, Paxton raised $840,000 from investors for Servergy, in exchange for 100,000 shares of the company’s stock from its chief executive officer at the time, William Mapp III. Paxton’s attorneys said he was not required to register with the SEC because he was not an “investment adviser representative.” The ruling will not affect the outcome of the similar state criminal charges that Paxton faces on the same issues. The SEC gave no indication of how they will respond on this matter.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.