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  • Man who assaulted two men at Chelsea restaurant gets nine years of imprisonment

    Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin was sentenced last Thursday, September 15 to nine years of imprisonment and three years of supervision after his release in relation to assaulting two gay men, Jonathan Snipes and Ethan York-Adams, at the Dallas BBQ restaurant in Chelsea, New York City in May 2015.

    Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arlene Goldberg, at El-Amin’s sentencing, said: “The jury rejected your claim of self-defense. That you did not cause serious physical injury to [Snipes and York-Adams] was only a matter of luck. I know that you want to cast this, your supporters as well, as an issue about race. I don’t see it that way…When you picked up that chair, that was a criminal act that cannot be excused.”

    According to Gay City News, El-Amin was seen “hitting the two men on their heads with a heavy wooden chair as they stand with their backs to him,” with prosecutor Leah Saxtein adding, “He used a dangerous instrument to strike them in the most vulnerable part of the human body.”

    Snipes contended that El-Amin had used homophobic slurs to refer to him and York-Adams, as they were in a romantic relationship. However, El-Amin claimed that information could not be factored into the testimony of it being a hate crime due to the fact that he is also gay.

    If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas or another area of Texas, contact our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter as soon as possible. We provide you with a chance of getting acquitted or having your charges dropped altogether. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Man receives life sentence for cutting the neck of a woman

    Fifty-six-year-old Sylvester Bryant was sentenced to life imprisonment last Thursday, September 1 for slashing the neck of Waco resident Clara Wells, a woman who allegedly refused his sexual advances.

    Bryant’s mother, Shirley Mims, told the court that her son came home on August 26, 2014 and said he tried to kill Wells. Wells told the court last Wednesday, August 31 that she met Bryant earlier that day at a gas station and agreed to meet him at her place of residence, where they had a few drinks.

    They then went to his mother’s house and to the C&E Motel on North Loop 340, where Wells met some friends. Afterwards, Wells said Bryant asked if he could have sex with her and when she refused, a struggle ensued that ended with him cutting her neck with a box cutter. Wells said she was let out of the vehicle – which was owned by Bryant’s mother – and left bleeding by the side of the road.

    Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, who provide legal services to our clients in Dallas and other areas of Texas, handle criminal defense cases such as weapons offenses and assault, among others. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your legal options.

  • Dallas criminal attorney gives insight into Freddie Gray prosecution

    Edward Nero, a member of the Baltimore Police Department, was recently found not guilty of assault in connection to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Gray died as a result of his mortal injuries while in police custody during a ride in Baltimore inside a police van.

    Dallas, Texas criminal lawyer John Helms said the prosecution was arguing an unusual argument. Namely, they said that since the police did not have probable cause to arrest Gray, and because they arrested him anyway, his arrest can be classified as an assault. Another prosecutor said that a police officer commits assault by arresting someone without probable cause even if the police officer believes he had probable cause for the arrest of a suspect. Nero’s attorneys said they have yet to see an occasion where this argument was successfully used in the state of Maryland. It would therefore be unlikely such a case would be tried in Texas.

    There is a wide range of criminal defense charges that a person can face in Dallas, all of which carry hefty fines or an ample amount of jail time. If you are charged with a crime 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.

  • Judge denies plea deals for those charged with assaults to police officers

    Galveston County Judge Kerry Neves made a public declaration and order on Monday, July 18 that he plans to reject plea deals in cases that involve assaults and threats to police officers. He will only waver, he says, if there is compelling evidence to grant one. By compelling evidence, he means the officers involved in the case must be okay with the plea deal and the defendant must write a public and sincere apology to the police officers in the case.

    The order would also cover cases involving evading or resisting arrest, escaping and aiding escape, failing to identify, interfering with public duties, interfering with police service animals, attempting to take an officer’s weapon, and possessing banned items in a correctional facility. Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady said in an interview with local news station KTRK that the order would not disqualify Neves from presiding “as long as he’s willing to look at the facts of each case and consider the full range of punishment.”

    A person convicted of a criminal offense deserves basic protection, in a fair and unbiased way. If you are charged with a crime in Dallas, you have a chance of getting it dismissed or reduced if you hire the services of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. Find out more by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007.

  • Wal-Mart employee arrested for assault

    Police Chief James Waters of the Princeton Police Department reported that 20-year-old Wal-Mart employee Nicolas Martinez was arrested and charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The charges come after a serious stabbing incident, which occurred around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13.

    Waters identified one of the victims as George Wesley Cook, an off-duty battalion chief firefighter with the McKinney Fire Department in Collin County. Cook, who was slashed across the throat, was apparently seen giving aid to another stabbing victim while blood was coming out of his own neck. The firefighter is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. Wal-Mart commented that, “the associate who did this was arrested and his employment at our store was immediately terminated.”

    The legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter has experience representing individuals accused of crimes. We believe that no matter the charge, every individual deserves competent, effective representation. If you were convicted of a crime in Dallas or another area of Texas, call our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Assault charges dismissed against Houston doctor

    The assault charges filed against 49-year-old Dr. Rafael Lugo have been dropped.  Lugo was serving at Houston Methodist Hospital and Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, both in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, when a Montgomery County grand jury refused to indict him last Tuesday, May 31.

    Lugo was charged in December 2015 with assault of a family member – a felony – for allegedly breaking the finger of his former girlfriend, former KHOU news anchor Christine Haas, as he was preventing her from leaving his home. Haas underwent surgery to repair the damage. Lugo originally claimed he did not break Haas’ finger, and that she got the injury from slamming her finger in the door. The grand jury agreed that it was not Lugo’s intention to break Haas’ finger, and that the result was accidental.

    The criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, do everything possible to ensure that our clients do not get charged, have the charges against them dropped, or receive the least severe penalties possible. Call our offices at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your personal situation and assess your legal options.

  • Porn star backs out on $500,000 assault lawsuit against Josh Duggar

    Adult film actress and San Diego, California resident Ashley Stamm-Northup has dropped her $500,000 assault lawsuit against 27-year-old television personality Joshua James “Josh” Duggar amidst allegations that Stamm-Northup’s allegations were untrue and fabricated.

    Duggar’s legal counsel was of the opinion that the allegations contained in the lawsuit were “entirely fictitious.”

    According to Stamm-Northup’s lawsuit, she became acquainted with Duggar while she was working at a Philadelphia strip club in the spring of 2015 and that Duggar subjected her to physical assault in a hotel. Evidence did not place Duggar in Philadelphia at the time of the incident that Stamm-Northup described.

     

    Criminal charges can have devastating effects on every part of your life, and if you have been charged with any offense, it’s essential that you secure experienced representation to make sure that your rights and freedoms are protected. Learn more about what the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can do for you by calling our Dallas criminal lawyers today at (214) 845-7007.

  • “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.

  • 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.

  • U.S. goalie Hope Solo allegedly assaulted her sister at latter’s house in Seattle

    The U.S. women soccer team’s 32-year-old goalie Hope Solo pleaded not guilty to the domestic violence charge leveled against her following her arrest at her sister’s house in Seattle on June 21, the Associated Press reported.

    Solo was told by the city prosecutor not to contact her sister and not to drink alcohol for an indefinite amount of time, although she was released without having to pay bail. The Kirkland, Washington police attested to Solo’s intoxication that night when she was accused of assaulting her sister and her sister’s 17-year-old son. They were alerted when a witness called and said a female was hitting people at the house. According to court documents, Solo and her nephew got into a fist fight after she allegedly insulted his acting career and appearance.

    A criminal offense charge can affect your personal and professional relationships and may result in significant fines or jail time. If you face a situation like this in Dallas, seek legal help from our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by dialing (214) 845-7007 to discuss what we can do for you.

  • 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.