• “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.

  • Two grand juries to investigate Twin Peaks biker shooting

    McLennan County District Attorney Abelino “Abel” Reyna recently said two separate grand juries will conduct investigations into the shooting that occurred between a motorcycle gang and a group of police officers outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas on May 17, 2015. This event led to the arrest of at least 170 bikers and the death of 9 individuals.

    According to Reyna, one grand jury will be investigating the case against the motorcycle riders, and another grand jury will be conducting an investigation into the police officers’ use of deadly force.

    Susan Kelly of Waco, who monitors the bikers’ prosecutions for the TCDLA, and Paul Looney of Houston and Hempstead, lawyer for three defendants, are of the opinion that a grand jury is not likely to be convened before October to hear the bikers’ cases. They also assume that a police officer is not likely going to be a part of the grand jury.

    Get in touch with our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas today by calling (214) 845-7007 if you need aggressive and experienced legal representation for your criminal charge.

  • Citizens protest against settlement in child abuse case

    In a letter written to San Angelo community protesters during the “Justice for Annabelle Protest” done at the Tom Green County Courthouse in Texas last Monday, August 31, the victim’s mother, Brittany Lynn Rosser, said, “The officer’s eyes got real big and he tried hard not to look, but he didn’t know what to do…I asked Annabelle what happened and she said, ‘Tom hurt me with his hand.’”

    An estimate of a hundred people attended the protest and raised placards that read “Justice for Annabelle”, “Keep Annabelle in Your Prayers”, “Protect Our Children”, and “Together We Stand for Justice”.

    It had been almost eight months since two-year-old Annabelle Rosser had allegedly been assaulted by Thomas Boden, whose charge of sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child including sexual contact was dropped in exchange for a guilty plea to a charge of serious injury to a child with serious bodily injury, a deal that got him no jail sentence and 10 years deferred adjudication probation on Tuesday, August 25.

    If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you cannot risk leaving your fate or future to chance or in the hands of an incompetent criminal defense attorney. Get in touch with our legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas today by calling us at (214) 845-7007.

  • Suspect in Old East Dallas shooting of child says he wasn’t in the area

    Aaron Mitchell, the primary suspect in the shooting of a 12-year-old boy, said that he is being wrongly accused in a jailhouse interview on July 21st. Mitchell claims he wasn’t near the Old East Dallas area that day and that he doesn’t even know of the streets where the crime occurred, near Washington Avenue and Hall Street. The boy was shot twice – once in each leg – as he was playing near the 3500 block of Munger Avenue in Old East Dallas on July 5, 2015.

    Mitchell is now detained at Dallas County Jail for felony charges –three counts of aggravated assault and one count of injury to a child. His bail is set at $400,000.

    A person charged with a criminal offense has the misfortune of losing personal growth and job opportunities in addition to possibly incurring expensive fines as well as jail time. If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas, trust our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter to help your situation. Call us today at (214) 845-7007 for a scheduled meeting with one of the members of our legal team.

  • Over 170 people still facing charges in Waco biker shooting

    Over 170 individuals still have serious criminal charges to their names six weeks after the fatal shooting at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, according to the Wall Street Journal on July 3.

    Members of rival biker gangs became involved in a fatal shooting on May 17, resulting in a huge amount of arrests. However, some of those arrested arrested, including military veterans, municipal employees, and another person who said he didn’t own a motorcycle, believe they are being held unjustly.

    The gunfight resulted in the death of nine people and caused injuries to at least 18 others. As of June 30, six of the people who were arrested remained in prison.

    Sometimes, the justice system is overzealous and overreaches its bounds. In any situation, if you have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas or elsewhere in Texas, it is critical to enlist the help of a skilled attorney who will work on behalf of your rights and interests. Call the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today to begin building your defense.

  • Texas study may contribute to juvenile criminal justice reform

    “Closer to Home”, a massive study of 1.3 million Texas youth crime records between 2007 and 2013, found that juvenile offenders were less likely to commit more crimes if they were reformed under community-based supervision rather than incarcerated in state correctional facilities, according to the Dallas Morning News on June 22.

    The study found that such a path could forge a way towards juvenile criminal justice reform in the state, according to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and state justice officials; however, there will be many challenges in the process of implementing this data into effective policy.

    If you are a juvenile facing charges that could land you in the legal system, it is critical to your future that you enlist a skilled criminal defense attorney who will fight tirelessly on your behalf for the best possible result from your case. Call the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas at (214) 845-7007 today to begin building a defense that challenges every aspect of the case against you.

  • 12-time DWI offender appeals 10-year sentence

    Carlos Faz, who has repeatedly been arrested for drunken driving charges, is appealing for probation and rehabilitation instead of jail time, according to KENS-TV on June 5.

    Faz was sentenced in April 2015 to 10 years of imprisonment after he was convicted in Bexar County for his 12th driving while intoxicated charge.

    In Texas, each DWI offense can result in a stricter penalty, with the offense graduating to a felony after three convictions–a charge that typically amounts to two to ten years of jail time.

    Faz was first arrested for a DWI in 1975. His criminal history showed that his DWI convictions have been far and in between, with no convictions between the late 80’s and the early 2000’s.

    Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas represent those who have been charged with a DWI in the Dallas area. To learn more about how we may work to protect your rights, interests and freedom throughout every aspect of your case, call our offices at (214) 845-7007 today.

  • George Zimmerman assailant charged with assault

    Matthew Apperson, the man who shot at George Zimmerman earlier this week along a busy road in Lake Mary, Florida, has been taken into police custody and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and firing a missile into an occupied conveyance, according to the San Jose Mercury News on May 15.

    According to a Lake Mary Police Department press release, Apperson surrendered himself to authorities.

    Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer who was not convicted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in 2012, was visiting the Orlando suburb for Mother’s day when the altercation occurred. According to his attorney, Zimmerman was driving to his doctor’s appointment when Apperson allegedly fired into Zimmerman’s truck for no reason at all. Apperson’s representation, however, said the event was self-defense, possibly in relation to a previous instance of road range in which Zimmerman threatened Apperson.

    The legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter are committed to representing those who have been charged with assault and other crimes in the Dallas area. Protect your rights and your future by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007 today.

  • Decision awaits on whether to try murder suspect as juvenile or adult

    The future of a 14-year-old girl, who has been accused of drowning the infant daughter of her mother’s family friend, will depend greatly on whether she is tried as a juvenile or an adult, The Dallas Morning News reported on April 10.

    Texas District Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon recently heard arguments on whether the teenager, who was arrested in January 2015 for the death of Justice Hull, should be tried as a juvenile or an adult.

    If the court decided that the girl should be tried as an adult and if she is also found guilty of capital murder, she may receive life imprisonment in an adult jail. If she is deemed a juvenile and convicted through that system, she may be able to experience intensive programs that could allow her a chance at rehabilitation and freedom.

    Travis County Judge Darlene Byrne, who is the elected president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, said this decision is always extremely difficult, as the needs of society are weighed against the needs of the young person in question.

    Our Dallas legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter understands the complexities of criminal court and may use our experience and resources to work for the best possible result from your case. Call our offices at (214) 845-7007 to begin working toward the protection of your future.