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  • Ex-Fort Worth police officer convicted of rape freed after 21 years

    Fifty-six-year-old former Fort Worth, Texas police officer Brian Franklin, who was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl in March 1994, has been freed after serving 21 years of a life sentence.  The development comes after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in April that his conviction should be thrown out because Franklin’s accuser admitted in 2014 that she lied during part of her testimony in the 1995 trial.

    According to The Associated Press, Franklin posted a $10,000 bail on Thursday, May 5. However, prosecutors still want to pursue the case. Tarrant County prosecutor Bill Vassar told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that, “We are headed to a new trial. If the defense would like to plead, we will consider that.” Although the victim did claim she lied about some parts of her testimony, she maintains that it is true that Franklin raped her in her father’s backyard in March 1994.

    A criminal charge can have debilitating consequences on one’s life, especially if it leads to a wrongful conviction. If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas, the dedicated attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can help you reach the best possible outcome. Call our office to discuss your legal options at (214) 845-7007.

  • U.S. Supreme Court ruling on warrant-less blood testing threatens current cases

    A recent United States Supreme Court ruling which hinders police officials from drawing blood from drivers suspected of DWI without a warrant may lead to protocol changes for this procedure in Longview and Gregg County, Texas.

    The court chose to disregard the opposition’s argument that the rate at which alcohol metabolizes by the body justifies drawing blood without a warrant.

    Gregg County District Attorney Carl Dorrough stated that Texas lawmakers in 2009 incorporated a statute to the Texas Transportation Code that enables law enforcement to perform warrant-less blood draws in certain specific situations. He added that even though the Supreme Court gave its ruling that disapproved of warrant-less blood draws three years ago, and the cases didn’t involve the state, cases have increased in which defense lawyers are using this ruling to defend their clients.

    Dorrough said at least seventeen arrests from 2013 or earlier in Austin are in danger for prosecutors as those cases begin their travel in appeal courts, where judges are barring the results from blood alcohol tests because they were done without a warrant.

    Getting charged with a criminal offense can affect many aspects of your life, including your career, your personal relationships, and your most basic freedoms. If you are in a situation in which you need legal help to protect your rights in a criminal offense case in Dallas or other areas in Texas, do not hesitate to get in touch with our attorneys at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Porn star backs out on $500,000 assault lawsuit against Josh Duggar

    Adult film actress and San Diego, California resident Ashley Stamm-Northup has dropped her $500,000 assault lawsuit against 27-year-old television personality Joshua James “Josh” Duggar amidst allegations that Stamm-Northup’s allegations were untrue and fabricated.

    Duggar’s legal counsel was of the opinion that the allegations contained in the lawsuit were “entirely fictitious.”

    According to Stamm-Northup’s lawsuit, she became acquainted with Duggar while she was working at a Philadelphia strip club in the spring of 2015 and that Duggar subjected her to physical assault in a hotel. Evidence did not place Duggar in Philadelphia at the time of the incident that Stamm-Northup described.

     

    Criminal charges can have devastating effects on every part of your life, and if you have been charged with any offense, it’s essential that you secure experienced representation to make sure that your rights and freedoms are protected. Learn more about what the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can do for you by calling our Dallas criminal lawyers today at (214) 845-7007.

  • San Antonio PD reported 94 homicides in 2015

    On Monday, January 11 of this year, the San Antonio Police Department in Texas reported to the Department of Public Safety in its annual uniform crime report that there were 94 homicides in the area in 2015. This number represents a decrease from 2014’s record high of 103 homicides, but an increase from 2013’s record low of only 71.

    It’s important to note that not all homicides can be legally classified as criminal offenses. Some deaths may be considered “justifiable” if the perpetrator was defending his or her life.

    There are a number of factors that may contribute to the number of homicides in a year. Some of the more common are drug or gang activity, but some people may be surprised to learn that factors such as the economy or bad weather can also prompt an increase in killings.

    If you had been charged with a criminal offense such as homicide in Dallas, contacting a skilled and dedicated criminal defense attorney right away will be an essential part of protecting your best interests. The legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter represents clients who are facing a number of charges, and we will work to ensure that your rights are upheld throughout the legal process. Call (214) 845-7007 to speak to our team today.

  • Man kills ex-wife over division of assets

    According to a police affidavit from Decatur, Texas, 63-year-old Roger Stevens told his wife of 42 years, 62-year-old Kay Letson Stevens, that he was killing her because of the way their assets had been divided during their divorce, and then proceeded to shoot her multiple times on Nov. 14, 2015.

    The Stevens’ divorce was finalized a day before Kay Stevens’ death.

    Sergeant George Silvestri said that upon searching Stevens’ car during the third week of November, a gun case, three .22 magnum cartridges, and a top seal to a liquor bottle were found.

    Kay Stevens’ death was allegedly witnessed by Kay’s sister Brenda Suggs, as the two were co-owners of Corner Bakery on Somerville Road Southeast, which was located across Decatur Morgan Hospital, where the killing occurred.

    An investigation into Roger Stevens’ finances revealed that he has nearly $20,000 in retirement accounts; however, he refused to spend the money on and attorney and instead has chosen to represent himself.

  • Woman faces fourth DWI in College Station

    Fifty-three-year-old Mary McGhee has been taken into custody by College Station police in Texas and was charged with driving while intoxicated on Saturday, November 21.

    According to preliminary reports from the local authorities, McGhee was heading south on Texas Avenue when she crashed into the vehicle in front of her. When police officers attempted to communicate with her after the collision, McGhee was allegedly too intoxicated to speak clearly. McGhee has been convicted of DWI three times prior to this incident, and she also has two convictions of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Florida.

    McGhee is not facing the possibility of up to ten years in jail and  fines of up to $10,000 if convicted of this third-degree felony charge.

    Being charged with a criminal offense of any kind or degree is a serious matter, as the penalties that will come your way if you are convicted can be life-altering. Tha’s why it will be imperative that you contact a skilled defense attorney as soon as possible. Get in touch with our attorneys at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter if you have been charged with a crime in Dallas or other areas in Texas by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • “Most Wanted” gang member arrested by Dallas Police

    32-year-old Dallas gang member Markeith McWright, who was recently added to the list of the top 10 most wanted fugitives in the state of Texas, was arrested on November 18th by Dallas police. McWright faces several different charges, including two counts of assault family violence and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

    Dallas police were able to make the arrest after they received a tip about McWright’s location. There was an outstanding reward of $7,000 for any information about McWright that could lead to his arrest. McWright is currently being held in Dallas County jail with bail set at $300,000. He is also currently being held on charges of parole violation.

    Facing criminal charges of any kind are extremely serious, and those accused should not leave their defense to chance. If you’ve been accused of a crime in Dallas, let the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter fight to make sure that your rights and freedoms are upheld. Learn more by calling us today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Man lurking outside children’s dance studio arrested on outstanding warrant

    The Frisco Police Department reported that they had arrested 28-year-old Calvin Joe Rodgers, Jr. after a 911 alerted authorities that Rodgers was seen suspiciously watching people inside a children’s dance studio on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

    Rodgers was wanted on an outstanding warrant after having failed to register as a sex offender following his release from an eight-year prison sentence just last month. He is currently being held at the Collin County Jail without bail. Rodgers is also classified by the Texas sex offender registry as a moderate risk.

    If you are facing criminal charges such as one involving a sex crime, don’t hesitate to seek an experienced legal team to defend your rights. The Dallas lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may be able to help you. Call us at (214) 845-7007 to speak with a member of our legal team today.

  • Closing arguments expected in Brownwood drug trial

    State attorneys and legal defense teams will be giving their closing arguments in the trial of 33-year-old Brownwood, Texas resident Shanna Hughitt, who is accused of possessing copious amounts of drugs, in the 35th District Court this Thursday, October 8.

    Prosecutor Elisha Bird closed presentation of evidence for the prosecution on Wednesday, October 7, which included testimonies from some of the city’s inmates who were Hughitt’s co-defendants in the operation Tangled Web drug roundup which led to Hughitt’s arrest.

    Hughitt’s legal counsel, Stuart Holden of Balliner, did not call on any witnesses during his presentation of evidence.

    Charges against Hughitt include engaging in organized criminal activity and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

    Hughitt was accused of possession with the intent to deliver more than 4 grams and less than 400 grams of methamphetamine on Jan. 15, 2014.

    Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter effectively handle drug crime defense cases such as these. Your strongest hope for reduced or dismissed charges is to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Contact a member of our legal team by calling our Dallas offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Texas Court of Criminal appeals refuses to lift gag order in biker case

    In a court order issued by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals last Wednesday, September 23, the judge refused to lift a gag order in the case of one of the 177 bikers arrested in connection with the shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco on May 17, 2015, in spite of defense lawyers’ arguments that the gag order was improper.

    The ruling said: “In this procedural position, we decline to act; based on the complaint raised by the real party in interest (the defense), the trial court is the proper venue for review of alleged violations of its gag order”.

    The gag order, which was issued by State District Judge Matt Johnson in late June, prohibits parties from speaking in public about the case of Hewitt businessman Matthew Clendennen.

    Your professional and personal future is far too important to leave to chance or incompetent lawyers; that is why if you have been 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 today at (214) 845-7007.