Category Archives: Criminal Defense

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Austin PD captured fake ID manufacturers

    In a bid to cut down on underage drinking in a city with a large population of college students and an active nightlife, the Austin Police Department started a project targeting underage drinkers who use fake ID cards, KXAN reported on April 29.

    In the process, APD was able to cite over 120 minors who attempted to use fake IDs to get into clubs downtown.

    The police garnered enough information to sniff out one source of these fake IDs, and their investigation led them to 19-year-old Nisheet Dabadge and 20-year-old Raul Montano, who were both charged with tampering with a government document–a third degree felony in the state.

    The minors who were caught with fake IDs were charged with misrepresentation, which is a class C misdemeanor.

    Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter provide experienced, aggressive, and competent legal representation to those who have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas or other areas of Texas. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to begin taking action on behalf of your defense.

  • 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.

  • Millionaire Robert Durst indicted on firearm charges in Louisiana

    Seventy-one-year-old New York City real estate heir Robert Alan Durst was indicted on April 8 by a grand jury in New Orleans, Louisiana for the possession of firearms by a felon and possession of both a firearm and an illegal drug, which was 5 ounces of marijuana, KTTC reported.

    Durst’s attorneys said the charges have forced him to stay in New Orleans against his wishes. Also, his defense will likely include the argument that his weapon charges arrest was illegal, as FBI agents searched his hotel room without a warrant and before his arrest.

    The indictment contained 15 aliases. Two were variations of his name, while others were monikers he has used previously: Dorthy Ciner, the name he used as a deaf-mute man in Texas, and Morris Black, which is the name of a neighbor he dismembered. In that situation, Durst was acquitted due to an argument of self-defense.

    If you need legal representation for your criminal case in Dallas or elsewhere in Texas, get in touch with our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007 today.

  • Argument in Wendy’s drive-thru results in assault

    Forty-four-year-old Edwin Teodoro Torres was charged on March 16 with a second-degree felony of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly stabbing someone while during an argument in the line of a Wendy’s drive-through, KXAN reported.

    The incident occurred at 1425 West Wells Branch Parkway in Pflugerville at around 3:40 a.m. on March 14.

    According to police investigations, Torres showed aggressive behavior towards people ordering in the take-out drive-through counter, allegedly driving behind a black pickup truck and honking his horn at the pickup’s driver to prompt him to hurry.

    The two men had an argument, leading Torres to reach out the window of his vehicle as he passed the black pickup to stab the driver in the chest.

    Torres admitted to stabbing the man at the drive-through because he believed the man was trying to rob him.

    The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter provide a comprehensive defense to those who have been accused of assault and other charges in Dallas. You do not have to face the intimidating legal system alone–speak with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007 today.

  • Dallas police officer may have lied in DWI case

    Sergeant Stephen “Tiny” Baker of the Dallas Police Department is currently facing serious allegations that he lied and fabricated evidence in a 2012 drunk driving case, according to wfaa.com.

    Baker claimed that he had pulled Marshall Salazar over initially for running a red light along the intersection of South Carroll and Columbia Avenues on July 6, 2012. Baker questioned Salazar about drinking and driving, an allegation which he originally denied, but later admitted to. However, video footage showed that  Salazar actually had the right of way because Baker had to run the red light on his way to stop Salazar. Baker has had a history of misconduct including spying on his ex-girlfriend on the clock, several complaints of inappropriate use of force, and putting a rookie officer in danger.

    Baker received a five day suspension and charges against Salazar were dropped.

    Those familiar with the case say that this ruling could affect previous cases that hinged on Baker’s credibility.

    DWI charges are taken very seriously in Texas, so you should retain legal counsel as early in the process as possible. If you have been accused of a driving while intoxicated offense, our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can fight for your freedom and your rights. Call us today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Police looking for intoxicated and reckless drivers over spring break

    A Dallas County Sheriff’s public information officer Raul Reyna said the police force will be focusing its efforts on catching unsafe drivers using the roads and tollways this spring break and St. Patrick’s Day weekend in keeping with its bid to promote highway safety, the Shorthorn reported on March 4.

    Reyna noted that they will be deploying more police officers to specifically target drunk and reckless drivers.

    Under the Texas Penal Code, a person who drives a motor vehicle in a public place and appears to be intoxicated or has consumed alcohol – depending on the level he has ingested – is in violation of the law and has committed a Class A or Class B misdemeanor, University of Texas at Arlington Police Captain Mike McCord said.

    A Class A misdemeanor, which is what a person is guilty of when his blood alcohol content is 0.15 or more at the time when he was given a field sobriety test, is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000, a maximum jail sentence of one year, or both.

    Being charged with a DWI can affect your finances, your career, and even your personal relationships. If you have been charged with this offense in Dallas, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may work on your behalf to challenge each and every aspect of the case against you. Call our offices at (214) 845-7007 today to learn more.