Dallas assistant DA suspended after DWI arrest

Members of the Dallas Police Department took 28-year-old DeSoto, Texas resident and Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Justin Moore into custody and charged him with driving while intoxicated on January 4, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

The police said they saw Moore swerving through traffic, tailgating, and almost colliding with another vehicle as he was driving along Highway 67 near Loop 12. According to Dallas District Attorney Susan Hawk, the District Attorney’s Office has decided to suspend Moore without pay “until we can review the facts surrounding his arrest and make any further decisions.”

Moore has been serving in the county office since July of last year and graduated with a law degree from the Southern Methodist University.

A criminal conviction can bring deeply negative changes in one’s life in just a moment. Because of this, should you get charged with a criminal offense in Dallas, do not hesitate to ask for the legal representation of our criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. Call us at (214) 845-7007 for an initial consultation today.

Defense faces challenges in Boston bombing trial

Twenty-one-year-old Kyrgyzstan national Dzhokar Tsarnaev is currently facing 30 charges in relation to the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing in Massachusetts that caused the death of three people and wounded over 260 others. Jury trial for this case began on January 5, according to an online NPR article.

Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed, who attested to the pile of evidence implicating Tsarnaev to the crime, said the trial will not question whether or not Tsarnaev is guilty; it will likely be a matter of deciding whether or not he receives the death penalty.

The defense panel will fight hard to negate this notion. CBS News reported that the defense strategy is to prove that Tsarnaev was manipulated and controlled by his older brother, who influenced him to take part in the crime.

An experienced and highly capable criminal defense attorney can be the difference between an acquittal and hefty fines, or worse, a long jail sentence. If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Dallas, speak to our lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today by calling (214) 845-7007.

Dallas Assistant DA Arrested, Charged with DWI

According to several news outlets, Justin Moore, Dallas County Assistant District Attorney, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). Police pulled Moore over at around 2:45 am on Sunday, January 4th, after observing erratic driving behaviors, including tailgating, speeding, and weaving in and out of his lane.

According to police reports, Moore refused to exit his car when asked to by law enforcement, and was subsequently taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving. He was later booked at the Dallas County jail on charges of DWI.

According to the District Attorney’s office, Moore has been suspended without pay until his arrest and charges can be further investigated.

Allegations of drunk driving are always a very serious issue in the state of Texas, even if it’s a driver’s first arrest. Being convicted on drunk driving charges can have lasting consequences for an individual, so it’s important that anyone accused of DWI, DUI, or any other alcohol-related charge seek experienced legal representation as soon as possible. If you’re facing drunk driving charges in Dallas, let the experienced team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter help you through this difficult time. Call us today at (214) 845-7007 to learn more.

Soap opera actor charged with DUI after Ohio car accident

Twenty-six-year-old Days of Our Lives actor Freddie Matthew Smith is facing charges of felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence after he crashed in Ashtabula, Ohio, resulting in his girlfriend’s injury, according to the Associated Press on November 18.

The rollover crash caused the serious injury of Smith’s girlfriend, 27-year-old actress Alyssa Tabit. Smith himself suffered mild injuries.

Local law enforcement agents said Smith, who had returned to his Ohio hometown, had been legally drunk at the time of the incident with a blood alcohol concentration of .093, which is higher than the state’s legal limit of .08.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence in Texas, you may be facing long-lasting professional and personal consequences. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas believe your life should not be defined by one event, and often, there are ways to have this charge reduced or altogether eliminated. Call our offices at 214-845-7007 today to learn about your options for fighting back against this charge.

Man caught with more than a pound of marijuana charged

Narcotics police officers reported that they captured 29-year-old gang member Jonathan Lugo after a house raid that found him with more than a pound of marijuana on November 4 in Dallas, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Lugo is currently incarcerated in the Dallas County Jail and was assigned a $3,500 bond. He confessed to the authorities upon interrogation that he was a member of the gang Tango Blast, which is renowned for selling illegal drugs all over Texas.Lugo also told the police officers that he sold marijuana from his father’s house in southwest Dallas and showed them his gang tattoo.

The attorneys of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas are committed to representing those who have been charged with drug crimes and other criminal offenses. These serious charges have the power to affect your personal and professional life for years to come. For an experienced attorney who would work tirelessly on behalf of your rights and interests, call our offices at 214-845-7007 today.

Increased reward for Texas Most Wanted fugitive

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) increased the reward to $10,000 for tips received on Texas Most Wanted fugitive Rodney Dwayne Wynn during the month of November.

Wynn is wanted for aggravated assault family violence and aggravated kidnapping. He is about 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 280 pounds. Wynn also has tattoos on both of his arms and previously worked in commercial printing.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office first issued a warrant for Wynn’s arrest for kidnapping nearly two years ago, on November 21, 2012. Previous convictions include Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Robbery, Marijuana Possession, and Assault Causing Bodily Injury.

The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter believe that everyone deserves the right to fair legal representation. If you have committed an offense in the Dallas area, call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 and we will do our best to give you a fair day at court.

Michael Phelps arrested in Baltimore for speeding, driving drunk

Police authorities took 29-year-old American Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps into custody for driving under the influence, ESPN reported on October 1.

Phelps had been driving a white 2014 Land Rover when he was clocked speeding at 84 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. When the officer pulled him over outside of the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95, it was suspected that the swimmer was under the influence of alcohol. Phelps then failed sobriety tests and was charged with a DUI, speeding, and crossing double-lane lines.

Phelps apologized in a statement released the afternoon of the same day.

A driving under the influence of alcohol charge in Texas is a grave offense. Should you get charged with such a crime, contact our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas by calling our offices at (214) 457-1668.

New Justice Department policy will ban profiling

The United States Department of Justice will soon institute a nationwide policy banning federal enforcement agents from conducting investigations or surveillance for no other reason than a particular religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, The Dallas Morning News reported on September 26.

One example of this policy in action is that federal agents would not be allowed to conduct surveillance on an Islamic mosque unless evidence existed that criminal activity was actually going on there. The sources further noted that an exemption will not be included for national security investigations, even with national security officials and administration officials lobbying for the exemption due to terrorism concerns.

Sometimes, people are charged with crimes partly out of discrimination. Our attorneys understand that this occurs, and we can use knowledge like this as part of a defense strategy. Because conviction of criminal charges can affect your personal and professional reputation long-term, it is important to quickly enlist an experienced legal team to fight on your behalf. Call the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas today at (214) 845-7007 to learn how we may represent you.

Doctor love affair leads to charges of attempted murder by poison

The trial of 43-year-old breast cancer oncologist Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, who was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly poisoning her ex-lover and colleague Dr. George Blumenschein, began on September 15, the Associated Press reported.

Ethylene glycol, a common additive ingredient in automotive antifreeze, is readily available at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center laboratories in Houston, where the plaintiff and the defendant worked. Gonzalez-Angulo was accused of adding the poisonous substance to coffee that she gave to Blumenschein after he ended their affair out of loyalty to the long-term girlfriend he lived with.

The defense paints the relationship between the two doctors as consensual and said Blumenschein never even suspected Gonzalez-Angulo of poisoning him until months later when it was suggested by his girlfriend.

Aggravated assault is a serious charge and can result in life-changing consequences if you are convicted. If you are facing these charges in Dallas, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may aggressively fight on your behalf to win the best possible result from your case. Call our offices at 214-845-7007 today to learn about your legal options.

Denton County jury convicts man of paying for attempted capital murder

Ponder, Texas resident John Franklin Howard was found guilty of paying to have his wife of 30 years murdered in 2012, The Dallas Morning News reported on August 19.

After a two-week trial and only two hours of deliberation, the Denton County jury convicted Howard of attempting to commit capital murder. Nancy Howard was in the hospital after the alleged murder time when she found out through a telephone conversation that her husband was having an affair. The prosecution further gave evidence of text messages that Howard’s mistress sent him telling him to be with her, as evidence of why he might have committed the crime.

However, the defense is not satisfied by this conviction. According to Howard’s defense attorney, there is no direct evidence that suggests Nancy’s husband hired the man who shot her.

Sometimes, overzealous prosecutors can sway a jury to convict a suspect without sufficient evidence. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas believe that every individual is entitled to a fair trial, and we aggressively fight on behalf of our clients. If you are facing serious charges, call our offices today at 214-845-7007 to begin building your defense.