Tag Archives: Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter

  • 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.

  • $93M in Texas taxpayer money has gone to wrongful convictions

    The state of Texas has given restitution to 101 men and women who were wrongfully convicted of and wrongfully incarcerated for committing crimes. The total compensation has amounted to $93.6 million over the last 25 years, data from the state comptroller’s office showed. This amount is bound to rise as the wrongfully imprisoned individuals get older and more people become wrongfully imprisoned.

    According to The Innocence Project, a non-profit legal organization aimed at exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA tests, Texas’ compensation program is among the most generous in the United States. Some states have no compensation programs or put a ceiling on the amount that an exoneree is allowed to receive. The Texas compensation program was made possible by the 2009 Tim Cole Act, which was named after a Texas Tech University student wrongfully convicted of aggravated sexual assault in 1985.

    The team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can defend your rights and protect your future if you have been charged with a criminal offense. Get in touch with our criminal defense lawyer to find out more about the legal services we offer by calling our Dallas offices at (214) 845-7007.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fake weapons being used to commit crimes in Texas

    Police Lieutenant Christopher Cook of the Arlington Police Department said that police officers in his precinct have witnessed the trend of suspects in crimes intentionally carrying imitation weapons, such as BB guns, rather than the authentic machinery.

    Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association member Jon Convery said that there have not been many court cases involving criminal behavior using a fake gun, but he contended that since there are a lot of residents in Texas who are registered to carry handguns, it is a dangerous business to commit a crime using any weapon, fake or real. Some states, such as New York, have banned the sale of fake weapons online, while others have imposed stiffer restrictions on how realistic they can look.

    If you have been charged with a crime in Dallas or another area in Texas, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter are prepared to ensure that your legal rights and freedoms are protected throughout the legal process. Seek our legal assistance and learn about the options specific to your situation by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007.

  • Ex-Fort Worth police officer convicted of rape freed after 21 years

    Fifty-six-year-old former Fort Worth, Texas police officer Brian Franklin, who was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl in March 1994, has been freed after serving 21 years of a life sentence.  The development comes after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in April that his conviction should be thrown out because Franklin’s accuser admitted in 2014 that she lied during part of her testimony in the 1995 trial.

    According to The Associated Press, Franklin posted a $10,000 bail on Thursday, May 5. However, prosecutors still want to pursue the case. Tarrant County prosecutor Bill Vassar told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that, “We are headed to a new trial. If the defense would like to plead, we will consider that.” Although the victim did claim she lied about some parts of her testimony, she maintains that it is true that Franklin raped her in her father’s backyard in March 1994.

    A criminal charge can have debilitating consequences on one’s life, especially if it leads to a wrongful conviction. If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas, the dedicated attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can help you reach the best possible outcome. Call our office to discuss your legal options at (214) 845-7007.

  • U.S. Supreme Court ruling on warrant-less blood testing threatens current cases

    A recent United States Supreme Court ruling which hinders police officials from drawing blood from drivers suspected of DWI without a warrant may lead to protocol changes for this procedure in Longview and Gregg County, Texas.

    The court chose to disregard the opposition’s argument that the rate at which alcohol metabolizes by the body justifies drawing blood without a warrant.

    Gregg County District Attorney Carl Dorrough stated that Texas lawmakers in 2009 incorporated a statute to the Texas Transportation Code that enables law enforcement to perform warrant-less blood draws in certain specific situations. He added that even though the Supreme Court gave its ruling that disapproved of warrant-less blood draws three years ago, and the cases didn’t involve the state, cases have increased in which defense lawyers are using this ruling to defend their clients.

    Dorrough said at least seventeen arrests from 2013 or earlier in Austin are in danger for prosecutors as those cases begin their travel in appeal courts, where judges are barring the results from blood alcohol tests because they were done without a warrant.

    Getting charged with a criminal offense can affect many aspects of your life, including your career, your personal relationships, and your most basic freedoms. If you are in a situation in which you need legal help to protect your rights in a criminal offense case in Dallas or other areas in Texas, do not hesitate to get in touch with our attorneys at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • 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.

  • San Antonio PD reported 94 homicides in 2015

    On Monday, January 11 of this year, the San Antonio Police Department in Texas reported to the Department of Public Safety in its annual uniform crime report that there were 94 homicides in the area in 2015. This number represents a decrease from 2014’s record high of 103 homicides, but an increase from 2013’s record low of only 71.

    It’s important to note that not all homicides can be legally classified as criminal offenses. Some deaths may be considered “justifiable” if the perpetrator was defending his or her life.

    There are a number of factors that may contribute to the number of homicides in a year. Some of the more common are drug or gang activity, but some people may be surprised to learn that factors such as the economy or bad weather can also prompt an increase in killings.

    If you had been charged with a criminal offense such as homicide in Dallas, contacting a skilled and dedicated criminal defense attorney right away will be an essential part of protecting your best interests. The legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter represents clients who are facing a number of charges, and we will work to ensure that your rights are upheld throughout the legal process. Call (214) 845-7007 to speak to our team today.

  • Man kills ex-wife over division of assets

    According to a police affidavit from Decatur, Texas, 63-year-old Roger Stevens told his wife of 42 years, 62-year-old Kay Letson Stevens, that he was killing her because of the way their assets had been divided during their divorce, and then proceeded to shoot her multiple times on Nov. 14, 2015.

    The Stevens’ divorce was finalized a day before Kay Stevens’ death.

    Sergeant George Silvestri said that upon searching Stevens’ car during the third week of November, a gun case, three .22 magnum cartridges, and a top seal to a liquor bottle were found.

    Kay Stevens’ death was allegedly witnessed by Kay’s sister Brenda Suggs, as the two were co-owners of Corner Bakery on Somerville Road Southeast, which was located across Decatur Morgan Hospital, where the killing occurred.

    An investigation into Roger Stevens’ finances revealed that he has nearly $20,000 in retirement accounts; however, he refused to spend the money on and attorney and instead has chosen to represent himself.