Tag Archives: DWI

  • Court says no to testing where blood is drawn after DWI arrest

    The Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas reversed Dallas County Judge Nancy Mulder’s decision that allows the examination of a chair and room for diseases at the Dallas County jail. The chair in question is where blood is drawn from people who have been arrested for DWI charges. The ruling argued that the tests were not necessary to the case of Joshua Barton, who is represented by Attorney Mark Lassiter.

    In the opinion penned by Chief Justice Carolyn Wright, she said, “He presented no evidence he actually suffered illness that in some way could be linked to the blood test.” In April 2016, Mulder granted an order to test for diseases after criminal defense attorneys made the motion that the room was not sanitary and was in violation of Texas law. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office asked the appeals court to overturn Mulder’s decision.

    A criminal charge conviction can bring devastating consequences to those accused. If you are charged with a criminal offense in Dallas, seek the legal expertise of the attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. We have dedicated our careers to protecting the rights of people convicted of crimes. Call our offices at (214) 845-7007 to learn more about your legal options.

  • Woman faces fourth DWI in College Station

    Fifty-three-year-old Mary McGhee has been taken into custody by College Station police in Texas and was charged with driving while intoxicated on Saturday, November 21.

    According to preliminary reports from the local authorities, McGhee was heading south on Texas Avenue when she crashed into the vehicle in front of her. When police officers attempted to communicate with her after the collision, McGhee was allegedly too intoxicated to speak clearly. McGhee has been convicted of DWI three times prior to this incident, and she also has two convictions of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Florida.

    McGhee is not facing the possibility of up to ten years in jail and  fines of up to $10,000 if convicted of this third-degree felony charge.

    Being charged with a criminal offense of any kind or degree is a serious matter, as the penalties that will come your way if you are convicted can be life-altering. Tha’s why it will be imperative that you contact a skilled defense attorney as soon as possible. Get in touch with our attorneys at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter if you have been charged with a crime in Dallas or other areas in Texas by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • 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.

  • 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 cbslocal.com

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.