The Texas Court of Appeals ruled on April 18 that breath mints can be used as evidence that a driver is intoxicated. A panel of three judges made the decision in the case of Robert Richardson, a limousine driver who was stopped in Lewisville, Texas on August 25, 2010, while driving his passengers from the airport.
Richardson was stopped by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Fulford on suspicion of DUI when the limousine he was driving suddenly changed lanes without signaling and almost hit a motorcycle. Trooper Fulford noticed an overpowering scent of breath mints when he got back from his squad car to give Richardson a warning citation.
According to Fulford, Richardson confessed to taking breath mints and Fulford believes it was so he could cover the smell of alcohol on his breath. He was arrested for DUI and later convicted.
If you or someone you know has been charged with an alcohol-related crime in Texas, speak with a lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-845-7007 about your defense options. We can work to help you possibly get a favorable decision in your case.
A former Dallas police employee was accused of allegedly stealing nearly $1,500 in a span of four months.
Jacquelin Holstein, 28, has been indicted on a state jail felony, which is punishable by a maximum of two years in prison, after being charged with one count of theft by a public servant.
The theft was discovered after a supervisor found discrepancies from deposits made by Holstein in an audit conducted in October. A total of at least $1,488 was missing from May to September of 2012.
According to police investigators, Holstein confessed to the allegations, saying that she was using the money for her own personal means. She has since resigned from her position.
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Five men who prosecutors have accused of belonging to a North Texas drug ring were arrested last month.
Cesar Ismael Hernandez, 40; Jose Adrian Escareno, Jr., 23; Cesar Hernandez, Jr., 20; Jesus Ernesto Hernandez, 38; and Steven Boris Wallace, 38, are accused of possessing a number of narcotics with a suspected intent to sell.
These men stand accused of intent to distribute over 100 kg or more of marijuana, 500 g or more of methamphetamine, and 500 g or more of cocaine. Conviction on the methamphetamine charges alone could result in 10 years incarceration and a $10 million fine, while the marijuana and cocaine charges could result in 5 to 40 years in prison and a $5 million penalty.
The penalties for drug possession and intent to distribute are severe in the state of Texas, and anyone accused of drug-related crimes needs to do everything they can to fight these charges. For a thorough and aggressive legal defense if you are facing drug crimes charges of any kind, contact an attorney at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today by calling 214-845-7007.
A 16-year-old was charged with driving under the influence Friday after he collided head-on with a police vehicle while driving on Texas Highway 6.
According to a report released by the Harris County sheriff’s office, the accident occurred as the deputy was stopped at an intersection on northbound Highway 6 waiting to turn left onto West Little York. He was struck head-on by the teen’s pickup truck that was traveling southbound at the time.
The impact of the collision sent the deputy’s car into another police officer’s vehicle. The teen was later arrested and charged with driving under the influence. The first deputy was transported to the hospital in order to be treated for a wrist injury.
If you have been wrongly accused of driving under the influence, you need representation on your side who can help you through this process. Contact the Dallas DUI lawyers at the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter today for more information about how we can help you.
A recent study performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the drinking and driving rates among high school students ages 16 and older have decreased by over 50 percent since the early 1990s.
In 2011, 10.3% of teens reported drinking and driving within the past month, which is a 54% decrease from a similar study performed in 1991, when 22.3% reported drinking and driving.
The CDC stated that stricter drunk driving laws and driving restrictions on teen drivers most likely contributed to the decreased drunk driving rates. However, although there has been a decrease, researchers still found that nearly 1 million high school-aged students admitted to consuming alcohol before driving at some point during the last year.
If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving as a minor, contact the Dallas DWI defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today by calling 214-845-7007.
Former Dallas Mavericks player Jason Kidd was arrested for driving while intoxicated over the weekend.
Kidd, current point guard for the New York Knicks, veered off the road and into the woods after leaving a charity event in the Hamptons on Sunday. After leaving the roadway, Kidd struck a telephone pole.
He was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and treated for minor injuries. He is currently awaiting further court proceedings, but he may face up to one year in jail if found guilty of this charge.
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Long-time Dallas news anchor Jane McGarry pleaded no contest to a driving while intoxicated charge resulting from a May arrest.
According to news reports, the 56-year-old woman was stopped by police on May 6th after failing to use a turn signal while changing lanes on the Dallas North Tollway.
Police stated that McGarry failed the field sobriety test administered to her, and she was found to have a blood alcohol content of .11. She has no priorDWI charges or arrests.
If you have been charged with drunk driving or another serious charge, you need experienced legal representation to help you through this challenging time. Contact the DWI defense lawyers of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 today.
Officials in Tarrant County held a ‘no refusal‘ initiative over the holiday weekend in order to keep drunk drivers off of the roadway after celebrating the Fourth of July.
The no refusal period ran from 6 p.m. on Tuesday until 6 a.m. on Thursday, which is different for police officers because no refusal periods usually fall on weekends.
Another difference with the initiative this time was the the first ever graduates of the Tarrant County Blood Draw School participated so that they could safely and quickly draw the blood of those who refused a breathalyzer test once stopped by police for drunk driving.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving and need experienced representation on your side, contact the Dallas DWI defense lawyer Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007.
A Dallas woman was recently arrested for drunk driving at a Lufkin gas station on Friday night. She was taken into custody by police and charged with driving while intoxicated with a child passenger.
According to police, the 54-year-old woman was stopped by police when she pulled into the gas station and they noticed a child sitting on her lap.
Police stated that the smell of alcohol was coming from the car. After a field sobriety test took place at the gas station, police stated that the woman failed the test and she was arrested. A police report stated that the woman had five children in her vehicle at the time.