• Long delays for crime lab results caused 21 people in Texas to be wrongfully convicted

    A report published on Sunday, April 20 in the Austin American-Statesman revealed that long delays at crime labs caused around 21 people in Texas to be imprisoned on drug possession charges even though the substances they had been carrying at the time of their arrests were not illegal.

    The newspaper found that 14 men and 7 women, many of whom were repeat offenders with a long criminal history, entered guilty pleas before the test results came back.

    The false-positive drug tests trace back to 2005. However, in the last two years, 14 people who were wrongly convicted have been exonerated.

    At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we know just how much a drug crimes charge can affect all aspects of your life, and we are committed to putting our years of experience to work fighting for your rights. For the legal help and experienced representation you need if you are facing drug charges of any kind, call us today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Jury finds drifter guilty of capital murder

    On Monday, April 2 a jury in Val Verde County, Texas found Tommy Lynn Sells guilty of capital murder for the death of a 13-year-old girl and the serious injuries of a 10-year-old girl.

    According to evidence from the prosecution, 13-year-old Kaylene Harris died after being attacked with a knife. Her body was found with 16 knife wounds from a 12-inch boning knife. Krystal Surles, 10, survived her throat being cut. The two were attacked by Sells in the bedroom of the Harris’s family home west of Del Rio on Dec. 31, 1999.

    If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas, the attorneys of Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter could offer you valuable assistance. To speak with a member of our legal practice call (214) 845-7007. 

  • Pistorius murder trial continues in Pretoria

    Evidence against Olympic runner, Oscar Pistorius, has developed during the first week of his trial. Pistorius has been charged with premeditated murder for shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29.

    A neighbor told the Pretoria court that she heard “blood-curdling screams” coming from Pistorius’s house the night that Steenkamp was found dead. Two others corroborated her testimony in the trial.

    Pistorius, who admitted to having shot Steenkamp through his bathroom door with a 9-millimeter pistol, said it was a case of mistaken identity and said he thought he was shooting at a dangerous intruder. The bullets from the gun punctured Steenkamp’s head, arm, and hip area, eventually killing her.

    Criminal convictions are a serious matter. If you have been charged with a crime, you could benefit from the knowledge of a skilled defense attorney. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter advocate for Dallas people in need of legal defense. Call (214) 845-7007 to speak with a member of our team today.


  • Sexual assault defendant also faces defamation charges

    According to a witness, after being accused of sexual assault by a female friend, Texas Tech student, Ryan Watson has been planning the defamation of his accuser.

    Watson, who was charged with aggravated sexual assault of an adult, could face up to 99 years of imprisonment, or a life sentence, if he is convicted of first-degree felony.

    According to a computer forensic analyst at the Lubbock Police Department, Watson and his friend exchanged several text messages pertaining to the blackmailing of the woman who accused Watson of sexual assault. The text messages revealed a plan to distribute photos and Skype conversations that Watson had with the woman wherein she showed intimate body parts.

    Being convicted of criminal charges can significantly affect your life. Attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, defend Dallas people that face serious charges. If you are interested in speaking with a member of our skilled legal team, call (214) 845-7007.

  • Texas man sentenced to probation after accidental shooting

    On Monday, February 3 District Court Judge Bobby Flores sentenced Dustin Wesley Cook, 38, to 3 years of probation for the accidental shooting of 2 Edinburg teenagers.

    The incident happened in December of 2011 when stray bullets from Cook’s target practice hit Nicholas Tijerina and Edson Amaro. The two students were outdoors playing basketball at the time of the shooting.

    Throughout the trial, Cook maintained that he had not been criminally negligent. The families of both victims have pending civil lawsuits against Cook.

    Facing criminal charges can be extremely stressful. Attorneys from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter have successfully defended Dallas people in criminal courts. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to learn how we can help your case.


  • U.S. Attorney General seeks death penalty for boston bombing suspect

    On Thursday, January 30 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he will seek the death penalty for the 20-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev plead not guilty to the charges brought against him.

    The Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013 resulted in the death of 3 victims and the injury of over 260 others. A court date has not yet been set for Tsarnaev.

    In 1984, Massachusetts abolished the death penalty, and attempts to reinstate it have been unsuccessful. However, since Tsarnaev’s trial will occur in federal court, his sentence will be carried out in federal prison if he is charged to the fullest extent. The last federal execution occurred in 2003.

    Serious charges carry severe consequences. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you could benefit from a skilled defense attorney. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter work to defend Dallas people who are charged with serious crimes. Call (214) 845-7007 to speak with a member of our team

  • 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.