Mark Lassiter got my DWI case dismissed. If it had gone to trial, I was absolutely sure that we would have won. Not because I didn’t make a mistake or because I hadn’t surrendered my rights to the arresting officer and given them the necessary evidence, but because Mark’s absolutely phenomenal navigation of the process and anticipation of the pre-trial conduct of the prosecution rendered his readiness to dominate in the trial on my behalf unnecessary. Do not leave your impending case to chance. Before my case was called, I had the opportunity to watch how other defense lawyers handled their business in regards to their upcoming cases. There wasn’t one of them that I would have preferred to have on my side instead of Mark. One of them even threw away the opportunity that Mark had used to get my case dismissed.
- AVVO Client
Mark’s comprehensive knowledge of DUI law and trial experience mastered a defensible case which led to an acquittal of all charges against me. He demonstrated a no-nonsense approach to the facts that shut down the misleading rhetoric of the prosecution and successfully crushed any chance of being found guilty. Simply put, I was amazed! It is obvious that Mark is relentless in seeking favorable outcomes for his clients. I am very grateful for all that he did for me and highly recommend him to anyone that is in the unfortunate position of facing a DUI charge.
- Patrick H.
When my family was faced with a serious legal matter, I contacted a number of popular and high profile attorneys. I was told that this case had no precedence and could not be won. As a result, my families hope for an appeal became grim. Attorney Mark Lassiter returned my call promptly and restored my hope in justice. He was upfront and honest about the legal prognosis and informed me that this case would be tough. However, he stated he understood the merits and would do his best in representing my family. I hired him and within days he had a new hearing scheduled and assembled my family at his office to review the facts, and initiate a defense. The expertise and guidance he showed during preparation for this case was very reassuring and it gave us that glimmer of hope we so desperately wanted to grab onto. He remained optimistic and responsive during the days prior to the hearing. He was in constant communication by either email or phone and I never felt like this was just “another case” for him. He was extremely inclusive about his plans and explained the law in great detail, yet in its simplest form of comprehension. I am pleased to say that his brilliant legal strategy, mixed with professionalism and compassion, paid off and score a victory that ALL the brilliant legal minds said could not be won.
You know when you seek medical care; you put your life in the hands of doctors. You want someone to fight for you as they would fight for themselves. The same occurs with an attorney and Mark is definitely someone that will fight for you.
- Dr. Patrick W.
Obviously you have accessed Mark Lassiter’s website, please bear with me while I inform you about your good fortune.
Unfortunately I found myself retained by the Garland Police some time ago on a DWI charge. I have never heard any of my friends/co-harts discuss this subject. Due to the personal humiliation of the circumstances, this is not something that I would approach them on either. So I had to rely on Google to find attorneys that dealt with this type of thing for Garland.
Finding multiple hits I began the review of websites until I accessed M. Lassiter’s. I was extremely impressed. I made contact with him with the normal trepidation of retaining an unknown individual for such a sensitive personal matter. Little did I know at the time of my good luck.
During the course of my case, a couple of attributes I learned about M. Lassiter are as follows:
· He was very capable, and never lost focus of my case and best interests
· He was easy to talk to and actually listened and responded to the pros and cons of my standpoints
· He is a very personable and energetic person
Ultimately I am sure you will find retention of M. Lassiter a most beneficial partnership in the resolution of your case.
With Mark’s advise and help, a very uncomfortable position was made bearable. His experience with the Dallas County Court system was invaluable. He has personal knowledge of the ins and outs of specific courts, Assistant DA’s and judges. We found this information to be both accurate and assuring during a trying time for our family. While I hope and pray we will never need his assistance again, he is loaded in my contacts and we know that in only a few minutes we can obtain expert advise.
– Scott P.
When my son was arrested for shoplifting, Mark was able to make the first court date with him on very short notice. He handled everything expeditiously and kept me informed of each step taken and what we would need to do to move on quickly. He spoke to my son and me in layman’s terms so there was no second guessing as to what he meant. I had never needed a criminal defense attorney in the past but it’s good to know if I ever need one again, I can depend on Mark.
– Laurie D.
In need of legal representation, we researched qualified attorneys in the Dallas Area.
At our initial consultation with Mark Lassiter, he discussed his fees, plan of action, and potential outcomes of the case. We found him to be not just competent, but detail-oriented and thorough. His knowledge of the law and court proceedings was comforting.
Mark Lassiter kept us informed of progress, and was able to resolve the case as quickly as possible. Through his diligence, we got the best possible outcome.
We would highly recommend his services to anyone who asks.
– Bob and Jill
I found information regarding Mark by searching the web while in Illinois and my son was needing representation in Tarrant County Texas. Mark returned every single call I made, and every email I sent. I believe that Mark is a fair and honest and will try to do what is best for who he represents.
I had never been in trouble with the law. I had no idea who to call or what to do and I was certain this was going to hang over me the rest of my life. Mark took care of everything. From the first conversation he put my mind at ease and assured me everything was going to be OK…and he was right. He literally made it GO AWAY! Thank goodness. Now, that one moment of my life will not ever define who or what I am.
Mark is an exceptional attorney who has worked tirelessly to obtain the best possible deal to help my teenage child. He is very accessible and always takes the time to explain the options that can be taken to achieve the best possible legal outcome. For young clients, he serves as a role model for responsible behavior as well. I’m very pleased with his services and highly recommend him.
After being accused of a Minor In Consumption (MIC) charge during my
freshman year of college, I went to Mr. Lassiter for help. With essentially
no knowledge of what to do, Mark really helped to guide me through the legal
process and truly made me confident that I would have a positive outcome to
the case. As a college student I have an overwhelming amount of work as it
is, and Mark really seemed to take this into account when contacting me. He
did not waste my time with unimportant minor issues and only contacted me
when it was truly important and directly relevant to the outcome of the
case. The most important part about Mr. Lassiter’s services though was the
result. My case did not even go to trial and was thrown out of court based
on Mark’s aggressive defense. Mr. Lassiter’s services are worth every penny
and I do remind you that I am a “starving college student” so that means a
lot. Needless to say, he truly was a pleasure with which to work and I will
give him a call if I ever have legal trouble in Dallas again.
- Matthew E.
I’ve finally found a lawyer I can count on.
– Cody B.
I switched from my original lawyer to you because you made sure I understood the entire process.
– Amanda H.
My family and I will always be indebted to you.
– Lisa L.
You were able to help me win my case when I didn’t think anybody could.
– Roger C.
I would never use or recommend anyone else for anybody else for a criminal manner.
– Cory M.
Unless you are already a petty criminal with countless B and C misdemeanors and a misdemeanor A pending, a DWI charge might not really matter much – for all the others counts: Fight it with all you got – get the best professional to your side you can find!
Why should you? A simple google search “Texas DWI penalties” will give you an idea what you are looking at: prison, probation, fines, classes, ignition interlock, insurance rate skyrockets and a criminal record for life (yes – this can happen even for a first time DWI in Texas)
Now if you read until this point you probably are charged with a DWI (or simply board) and you are shopping for a lawyer – so some basic guidance:
a) Same as in real life: You want to be surrounded by people who know what they are talking about. Nobody likes people who constantly brag around, through around the usual business buzz words which doesn’t mean anything. So: Get somebody who is specialized in this field, means if 50% or more of his work is in the field of defending DWI’s that’s probably a good indicator
– Mark is one of them – talk to him you will see!
b) Educate yourself – thanks to a wonderful innovation by DARPA (which you are using in this moment) you can read all about it: What happened the night before, what’s a SFT, what is a legal stop, how does an Intoxilyzer 5000 work and what flaws does it have, possible plea bargain options (not so tempting ones in TX anyway) – read the stuff, it’s out there and discuss it with your attorney – if he doesn’t want or can’t answer your questions, that’s a pretty good indicator that your sitting in the wrong office, run!
- Mark WILL answer your questions – and I’m convinced you cannot surprise him with a question in your case that he can’t answer or will find an answer for you!
c) Your lawyer should – more or less – from the beginning be willing to take your case to Trial, all the way. What do you have to lose? If you are a BAC 0.28 candidate and you plea it down to a misdemeanor B it technically looks better on paper – but it will still follow you for life (most employers wouldn’t even consider the difference or know it – a DWI is a DWI…)
If you are a BAC 0.09 candidate your chances are even better – (did you know the Intoxilyzer 5000 gives himself a +-0.02 calibration margin? What now, is a BAC 0.09 and hour after driving now under the legal limit? Guess what, the state will state “off course NOT! The magic machine proved he’s Intoxicated and guilty!” That’s why you need a lawyer on your side who is willing to take it to trial!
– Mark is a trial lawyer – those people don’t want to plea out, they need the courtroom as their stage, that’s what they love to do, that’s what they are good at – so let him do it for you!
d) Money / Costs – completely neglect. This is not the time for price comparison. You are not out there to shop for new hardwood floor for your living room – you are out there to get the best possible outcome in a situation which initial will hurt you if convicted pretty bad (financially), possible cost you your job, destroy your reputation and will follow you around for the rest of your natural life.
- Mark will not overcharge you for his service, in my opinion you are getting a great deal. If you have the feeling you cannot afford a lawyer like Mark put it into perspective: if you hire a $500 lawyer and plead guilty maybe to a DWI misdemeanor B, you will pay much more over the years in court costs, classes, probation fees, DPS surcharges, insurance and and and…
But if you hire Mark, you have one of the best at your side, you have a real chance – off course Mark isn’t a magic wizard who can make everything go away in a moment’s notice, but 5,10,20 years down the road you don’t want to think “oh boy, I wish I would have fought this thing more aggressively back then…”
I was already a bit into my case when I met Mark. Mark has a can do attitude, does not try to beat around the bush and most importantly: He looks at things, tries different avenues, seeks out weaknesses in the case base on the evidence presented – if you meet him, you will have the same experience.
During our meetings we discussed alternatives and other options e.g. expert witnesses, jury trial, bench trial, plea agreement (even if he didn’t like that – Mark doesn’t want to plea, he wants to win for his clients)
And here is the outcome:
A clear acquittal – NOT GUILTY
(even better than a dismissal which technically can be reopened by the DA within the statute of limitations – if I understood that right – Not guilty means you are not guilty, case expunged – that’s the end of it!)
Mark’s services helped me to get the best possible outcome you can expect when you are charged with a (DWI / DUI) crime and I hope I will never see him again….. (under such circumstances J )
Dear Mr. Lassiter,
Today you saved my son’s life. When he received a DWI, it broke my heart because I knew it would be on his record forever. It would limit his options in life. He would be paying for his stupid mistake for the rest of his life. At 21 years of age he was overwhelmed with the depth of the problem he created for himself.
I decided to find him the best lawyer in Dallas, and I did. I researched lawyers for two days, and then I found you. I knew from the moment I read about you that you were the one we needed. When I met you, I knew instantly that I had complete confidence in you. Even if the result had ended with my son being guilty, I would have had peace knowing that he had had THE BEST lawyer.
Listening to you “own” the courtroom today was amazing. You told us in the morning that we only had about 25% chance to win; however, by the middle of the afternoon the case was over before the prosecutors even finished, and we won! What an incredible lawyer you are!
I will be grateful forever to you. Your work has given my son a second chance. He left the courtroom today with a whole new perspective on life…thanks to you!
please accept this letter on my and Susan’s behalf. there is a powerful message and testimony we would like to share with you for the first time.
for over a year the weight of what happened to Reid was heavy on our souls. at first we held great anger, resentment and disgust toward Angel (the passenger). it became evident after turning 21 the Angel has a severe alcohol problem which my son nor us fully understood. The arrest also brought us great disappointment, frustration and disheartenment toward Reid.
We have found that God often surprises us with his answers to our prayers. Prior to the arrest was had been in prayer that God help turn Reid away from selfishness, childishness and destructive ways. We prayed that God move to change him toward everlasting values and better choices in his life. We believe that God answered that prayer with the arrest. We blamed ourselves for bringing this calamity but understood it would take something this powerful to reach him. There is no doubt in our minds this ordeal has placed a permanent imprint on his soul.
during the many delays associated with this case we were able to put forgiveness in our hearts toward Angel. Also during the many delays the full weight of the case in our and Reid’s mind triggered conversations pertaining to life decisions and direction. Time allowed us the opportunity to be rid of the noise and cloudiness of our emotions. We believe this to be a part of the master plan that God was overseeing.
Only today did the full story become revealed. During this case with all the odds against us can we say without question that God was in it. How else could the series of events occurred within the judicial process that could put the opportunity in to your mind that there was a way to victory. The entire morning Susan and i were in fervent prayer even after your told us we had only a 25% chance of winning.
Grace is the receipt of a blessing that is undeserved. Reid did not deserve to win today. We all are eternally marked by the message of grace given to us and you were the instrument that brought the gift to our house. Thank you from bottom of our souls and may God bless and keep you all of your days.