Texas Criminal Defense Blog

What Is the Difference Between Parole and Probation?

You face a range of penalties when you commit a criminal offense in Texas. The judge can sentence you based on state guidelines and the circumstances of the crime. Parole and probation are two punishments the court could issue after a conviction of specific crimes. Although many people use the terms interchangeably, they’re different types […] Read more

Can a School Fight Be Prosecuted?

Yes. A student can be arrested and charged with assault and battery depending on the circumstances of the offense. If convicted, your child’s actions could affect their future and hinder certain opportunities upon their release from jail. Even a minor can serve a significant sentence, causing irreparable damage to their future and reputation. Fortunately, criminal […] Read more

What Is a No-Contest Plea?

If you’ve been charged with a crime, you may be facing significant jail or prison time. At any time before trial, however, you may be able to negotiate a plea bargain that could either reduce your charges or reduce your exposure to a longer jail or prison sentence. Deciding on a plea is difficult and […] Read more

How Is Good Behavior Measured in a Prison Term?

When you’ve been convicted of a crime and sentenced to prison, you battle with a swarm of emotions when you realize that you’re losing your liberty. Your primary goal is to complete your sentence. You want to regain your freedom, return home to your loved ones, and begin the fresh start you need in your […] Read more

How to Be Removed From a Sex Offender Registry

If you’ve been convicted of a sex crime, you likely had to serve jail time for your crimes and may have had to pay fines, as well. Another penalty often associated with sex crimes is the requirement for offenders to register in the sex offender registry. Though being listed on the sex offender registry can […] Read more

What Are the Differences Between a Federal and a State Charge?

It can be difficult to determine the difference between state crimes and federal crimes. In most cases, state charges are those which are determined by each state’s own legislature and laws and can vary from one state to the next. Federal charges are those which have been written into legislation by Congress and are enforced […] Read more

How to Avoid a Marijuana Possession Charge 

Attitudes towards marijuana have begun to shift in this country. Yet, despite marijuana being made legal in many states, it is still considered a controlled substance in Texas. Being convicted of possession of marijuana can yield significant penalties and impact almost every aspect of an individual’s life. Don’t let a marijuana possession charge ruin you. […] Read more

Lassiter Client Released On Bond 26 Years After Wrongful Conviction

The team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter is proud to announce that our client, Walter Roy, has been released on bond after serving 26 years in prison for a crime that police and prosecutors now say he’s innocent of. In 1995, our client accompanied two men, Edric Davis and Benny Lemmons, to […] Read more

How to Beat a DWI 

The easiest way to beat a DWI in Texas is to avoid drinking and driving. The law takes driving while intoxicated cases seriously. A conviction for DWI can send an individual’s personal and professional life into turmoil. You don’t have to beat yourself up over a DWI arrest. You certainly don’t have to let law […] Read more

How to Avoid an Assault Charge 

In the heat of the moment, it can be hard to hold back your emotions. At times, a situation can become so overwhelming that the “fight or flight” response automatically kicks in before the brain has a chance to process all the information. In that moment of conflict, “fight” can win out, and then suddenly, […] Read more