Category Archives: Criminal Defense

  • Mesquite man held for fatal DWI in uptown Dallas

    Twenty-three-year-old Mesquite, Texas resident has been taken into custody by members of the Dallas Police Department and was charged with intoxication manslaughter on Wednesday, February 1, according to

    According to preliminary police investigations, Travis Elwell had been driving at a high speed on McKinney Ave. February 10 at around 5:30 p.m. when he crashed into a parked vehicle which 34-year-old Emily Javadi was standing alongside. Javadi was rushed to Parkland Hospital, but she eventually succumbed to her injuries.

    One local group has said they were in the midst of an investigation regarding the traffic pattens and proclivity to speed in that area of town in the weeks before the accident occurred.

    Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter know how intimidating these charges can be, but you don’t have to face them alone. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to see how we can best proceed with your case.

  • “Juveniles in justice system deserve a second chance”

    Advocates of juvenile justice are pushing for reform in the way minors are treated in the criminal justice system in Texas, according to an editorial on

    Experts are urging a rehabilitation program be established for juveniles in order for them to once again become productive members of society after having been exposed to crime. They go on to say that it is detrimental for that population to be placed within exposure of hardened adult criminals.

    In its January report, the Texas House committee on criminal jurisprudence speculated that the 34% increase in felony rearrests for youths who were transferred to the adult system may have been due to the fact that young people internalize feelings of their identities as criminals. This occurrence spurred State Representative Gene Wu (Democrat of Houston), to craft a bill that seeks to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18. The committee report cited other states that have already raised the age of criminal responsibility to 18, including Illinois, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and New Hampshire.

    Because juvenile crimes are still very harshly tried in Texas, it is advisable that you seek professional counsel as soon as possible as your freedom and your future may be at stake. Should you be 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 at (214) 845-7007.

  • Dallas County assistant DA arrested on suspicion of DWI

    Twenty-eight-year-old Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Justin Avery Moore was arrested on January 4 on charges of driving while intoxicated, WFAA 8 reported.

    According to a police arrest report from the Dallas Police Department, Moore was found speeding, weaving in and out of lanes, and tailgating at 2:45 a.m. on Highway 67 near Loop 12.

    The police officers attested to Moore refusing to step out of his vehicle, which led them to take him into custody on suspicion of drunk driving.

    Moore has served in the Dallas County DA’s office since July of last year and graduated law from the Southern Methodist University, his LinkedIn profile showed. He is also the pioneer of The Moore Foundation, a non-profit which advocates awareness of mental illness. Moore is currently suspended without pay.

    Being charged with intoxicated driving is serious, as it has the power to affect your personal and professional career even before conviction. If you are facing charges in Dallas, enlist the legal expertise of our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today by calling (214) 845-7007.

  • Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins issued misdemeanor assault citation

    Dallas City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins was issued a Misdemeanor Class C citation for allegedly assaulting a female employee at the Dallas City Hall, WFAA reported on December 12.

    The female employee said Atkins shook her after another employee let Atkins through a secured door at the City Hall. The employee claimed she did not recognize Atkins and so did not let him enter.

    The complainant and a witness to the incident were interviewed by the Dallas Police Department’s criminal intelligence and public integrity units.

    Atkins released a statement on the same day that stated he never physically touched either employee, although he was agitated because they did not let him in the building.

    Atkins is posted under District 8 in Dallas and has served on the City Council for seven years.

    Facing criminal allegations in Dallas can greatly affect your personal and professional life. With the help of an experienced defense attorney, however, these effects may be mitigated by a quick and effective resolution to your case. Call the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today to learn about your legal options.

  • DPD officer on leave after DWI charge

    Police Officer Aaron Rodarte of the Dallas Police Department in Texas was charged with driving while intoxicated and evading on foot on November 30 after his arrest in Highland Park, WFAA8 reported.

    The Highland Park Department of Public Safety did not give specific details concerning the circumstances of Rodarte’s arrest.

    Rodarte, who is assigned to the South Central Patrol Division, is currently on administrative leave while the internal affairs division in Dallas is conducting an investigation into his case.

    Rodarte is another member of the Dallas police force to commit recent infractions against the law. On November 24, Officer Jesus Martinez was terminated from his position after being charged with official oppression for using excessive force against a person panhandling for money.

    The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas work for the reduction or elimination of the charges against our clients, and we may be able to work for you. Call our offices at (214) 845-7007 today for experienced legal counsel.

  • Buddy Valastro from TLC’s Cake Boss arrested for DWI

    The New York City Police Department reported they arrested Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro, Jr., a reality television personality featured in Cake Boss, for driving while impaired in Lower Manhattan, according to a November 13 Associated Press article.

    The New York police said they noticed Valastro’s yellow 2014 Corvette swerving in and out of traffic while heading north between the 20th and 32nd streets. Valastro, who hails from Montville, was pulled over on 10th Avenue in Lower Manhattan at around 1 a.m. Authorities reported that he was unsteady on his feet when officers asked him to emerge from the vehicle. They made him take a Breathalyzer test, which he failed. Thereafter he was taken into custody.

    Cake Boss is a TLC show that follows the operations of Carlo’s Bakery, a New Jersey business owned by an Italian-American family.

    If you are facing driving while impaired charges in Texas, the legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may work tirelessly on behalf of your rights and interests. Contact our offices at (214) 845-7007 today to learn about your options for defense.

  • Sexual assault case against Cowboys’ owner dismissed

    The sexual assault lawsuit against the NFL Dallas Cowboys’ owner, president, and general manager Jerry Jones, filed by Jana Weckerly, was dismissed on October 17, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

    Weckerly also accused an attorney of Jones of destroying evidence she had of the event – a memory card with photographs – and that she was given money to keep quiet about what happened several years after, all of which Jones vehemently denied. According to Texas District Judge Dale Tillery, even if said allegations were true, the five-year statute of limitations for civil sexual assault cases had already passed.

    The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas know that sexual crimes are often highly sensitive, and we exercise the utmost care when handling the defense of our clients in these cases. If you have been accused of a sex crime in the Dallas area, call our offices at (214) 845-7007 today to learn how we may work to protect your interests against these allegations.

  • Drunk driving accidents coincide with Texas football games

    Over 1,700 alcohol-related cases of vehicular accidents were recorded in 2013 on days when a Texas college or professional football game was happening, KYTX reported on October 10. The link between football games and drunk driving accidents are apparently on a rising trend.

    Department of Public Safety Trooper Jean Dark warns those intending to go to football games over the weekend to construct a plan before-hand that prevents anyone from driving under the influence of alcohol.

    In Texas, a driving while intoxicated offense can result in a fine up to $3,000. Beyond that, a drunk driving accident can result in serious injury and even death, affecting many more people than just yourself.

    In the event that you have been charged with a DUI or another alcohol-related offense, it is important to enlist the assistance of an experienced legal defense team. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may fight on your behalf for the reduction or even dismissal of your charges. Call our offices at (214) 845-7007 today to learn more.

  • Amanda Bynes arrested for DUI in Los Angeles

    Twenty-eight-year-old Hollywood actress Amanda Bynes was arrested early Sunday morning, September 28 and charged with suspicion of driving while under the influence in Los Angeles, California, authorities reported last Monday, September 29.

    According to police records, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) trooper stopped Bynes in the middle of an intersection in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles at around 4 a.m. A statement released by the CHP said Bynes was suspected to be under the influence of a yet-to-be-identified drug.

    Bynes, who has been involved in a string of drunk driving incidents in previous years, reportedly cooperated with the authorities throughout the process. She posted a $15,000 bail and was soon released thereafter.

    In Texas, if you have been charged with a DWI/DUI, you should get the assistance of an experienced attorney who is familiar with the process for the best chance at a favorable outcome. Get in touch with us at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas right away so we can evaluate your case by dialing (214) 845-7007.

  • $10,000 reward for wanted Texas fugitive

    Thirty-three-year-old Israel Aguirre, who has earlier been arrested for murder, prostitution, theft, and failure to ID, now has the reward money for his capture increased to $10,000.

    Aguirre had been convicted of a theft charge in 2002 and had been incarcerated at a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility. He was deported to Mexico after completing his sentence before being charged with murder.

    In 2005, Aguirre made a no contest plea to charges of prostitution and failure to ID in Dallas and was released on bond in relation to his murder charge. He appeared in court a couple of times between the years 2005 and 2007 before disappearing.

    The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Aguirre’s arrest on Sept. 9, 2007. It is believed that the suspect frequents the Dallas area.

    Employment opportunities, hefty fines, and possible long periods of prison time await people who are convicted of a criminal charge. Don’t take the risk of these things affecting your life. If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas, call the criminal defense attorneys of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 so we can provide you with information about legal representation.

  • Felony case against Colleyville mother for role in prank dismissed

    The case against 43-year-old Colleyville resident Tara Mauney for her role aiding local children in vandalizing a neighbor’s house in 2012 was recently dropped after Mauney apologized to the victim and paid for the damages, WFAA reported on August 7.

    Mauney was facing felony criminal mischief charges for the July 25, 2012 incident of vandalism to a neighbor’s house. Children attacked the house with toilet paper, mustard, peanut butter, and raw chicken. If convicted, she would have had to pay $10,000 in fees and may have faced jail time.

    Because Mauney refused a plea agreement last year, the woman pressing charges agreed to drop them so children would not have to testify in court.

    If you are facing criminal charges in the Dallas area, the assistance of a criminal defense attorney may allow your charges to be reduced or eliminated altogether. Contact our experienced criminal defense team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter to learn how we may advocate for you in court. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Capital murder conviction for shooting of policeman and shop owner

    A 12-member jury composed of nine men and three women voted the death sentence for Harlem Harold Lewis III, 21, who was charged with killing 53-year-old Bellaire, Texas policeman Corporal Jimmie Norman and 66-year-old shop owner Terry Taylor in 2012, reported on August 6.

    The jury members deliberated for 12 hours on the decision, considering the testimony from the prosecution and the defense in regards to the fatal shooting that happened on Christmas Eve 2012. In an unanimous decision, the jurors voted that Lewis was guilty of capital murder. The case will automatically be appealed.

    The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas understand the social stigma that surrounds serious criminal charges and know that this, rather than the facts, may influence a decision. However, our criminal defense team believes that every individual is due a fair trial, and we are dedicated to protecting the rights of clients like you in court. To discuss your case, call our offices today at (214) 845-7007.