Former NFL running back Joseph Randle charged with three felonies

The trial date for 25-year-old former National Football League running back Joseph David Randle, who was charged with making a criminal threat toward a law enforcement officer, interference with an officer, and aggravated battery, has been set. He has made a plea of not guilty on all charges.

The accusation of making a criminal threat toward a law enforcement officer was in relation to an incident in May 2016, when a police deputy from Sedgwick County, Kansas said Randle made threats about killing him while he was in custody.

Randle’s legal counsels argued that he couldn’t carry out his threats via an intercom, but District Judge Joe Kisner found enough evidence to charge Randle with the felony.

If you want a higher chance of your criminal charge in Dallas or other areas in Texas being dismissed, dropped altogether, or receiving the minimum possible sentence for it, hire the legal services of our criminal defense attorneys at [firm-name] by calling our offices today at [phone-number].

Tim Cole Commission sets up guidelines to reduce wrongful convictions

Timothy Cole was wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting a student at Texas Tech University in 1985 and maintained he was innocent until he died in prison in 1999.

The commission created in Cole’s name first came to life during the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature and was dismantled on December 1, 2016 after a final report was presented to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Legislature, and the Texas Judicial Council. Cory Session, Cole’s brother, said the commission was instituted to perform specific tasks. Session noted, “The design behind the exoneration review commission is … to have those people on there ahead of time instead of us just showing up at a committee hearing and then somebody shooting it down.”

According to a report from the commission, faulty eyewitness identification was the number one cause of wrongful convictions in Texas since 2010. Furthermore, a survey of 850 law enforcement agencies showed 68.2% of them record interrogations while 38.1% do not. According to the Lubbock Police Department, “Interviews should be video recorded when possible. When video recording is unavailable, interviews should be audio recorded; when audio recording is unavailable, a written statement should be obtained.”

Everyone has the right to be legally represented in court, so obtain the legal services of our criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our Dallas offices today at (214) 845-7007.

Cleanliness of Austin jail’s blood draw room questionable

A report from the Austin American-Statesman showed that prosecutors dropped a case against a drunk driving suspect during the first week of December after former phlebotomist Angela Gage reported that the Travis County Jail in Texas is operating under unsanitary conditions and has a dirty facility.

This incident coincides at a time when the Austin Police Department’s forensic laboratory is dealing with serious cases of contamination.

The use of blood in drunk driving cases and the issue that jails’ blood drawing rooms are not reliable is a big deal because most police investigations rely on such evidence when it comes to prosecuting a suspect. Travis County started working with Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services for their medics to conduct the blood collections after ending their contract with their private company called ProTouch.

When unsanitary police facilities result in the misinterpretation of your supplied DNA in connection to the accusation of a crime, innocent people may suffer consequences. Contact our attorneys at [firm-name] in Dallas today by calling our offices at [phone-number].

Teen charged with first-degree felony aggravated assault

The Austin Police Department reported that 17-year-old Brandon Trybendis attacked his mother’s boyfriend with a knife on Friday, October 14 at around 9 at night. The incident occurred at their home in the 6300 block of Smith Oak Trail after his mother and her boyfriend got into a fight.

According to court documents, Trybendis’ mother and her boyfriend started arguing after the boyfriend came to their house heavily intoxicated. The boyfriend then began assaulting Trybendis’ mother and his brother, so Trybendis brandished a knife and stabbed the boyfriend in the back multiple times. Trybendis was charged with aggravated assault (family violence), a first-degree felony, and the boyfriend was taken to a hospital with critical injuries.

We at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter provide strong, solid defenses to obtain favorable outcomes for the cases of our clients who get charged with a criminal offense in Dallas. Learn more about our legal services by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

Ethan Couch’s attorneys say his case should be in civil court

Ethan Couch, the teenager from North Texas whose legal counsel argued he suffered from “affluenza” following his intoxication manslaughter charge in December 2013, was back in Tarrant County Court last Tuesday, September 27. This time, he attended a hearing to address the defense’s motion that the case against Couch should be in civil, not criminal, court.

In 2015, Couch and his mother fled to Mexico after a Twitter post showed Couch violating his parole by playing beer pong at a party. Couch was extradited back to North Texas on January 28, 2016.

Earlier this year, attorneys for Couch filed a motion that seeks to have Tarrant County Criminal Court Judge Wayne Salvant recuse himself. Salvant, who was the judge who heard Couch’s juvenile probation case after he was extradited back to Texas and ordered Couch to serve four consecutive 180-day jail terms, declined the motion and deferred the decision to a higher court. Judge David Evans was the judge tasked with hearing arguments both from the prosecution and the defense. Prosecution said the recusal motion is untimely and Couch’s case does not belong in civil court.

Having an experienced and committed criminal defense attorney by your side can help immensely as you fight off the criminal charges thrown your way. Get in touch with our criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas if you are charged with a time. Discuss your case with us by calling our offices at (214) 845-7007.

Man charged with sexual communication with a minor and child pornography

Twenty-three-year-old Austin Pelletier was arrested by Special Agents from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in Payne County on charges of child pornography on Thursday, September 22. The charges come after Pelletier responded to a Craigslist ad made by an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children task force officer, who posed as a 14-year-old girl.

Pelletier talked in a sexually explicit manner with the undercover officer, which culminated in Pelletier sending a picture of his penis. The task force then accessed Pelletier’s computer and found child pornography on the device. Other charges Pellettier is facing include engaging in sexual communication with a minor by use of technology, and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

Our lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter are well-versed in the process of fighting off criminal defense charges for our clients in Dallas and other areas of Texas. Get in touch with our aggressive and competent criminal defense attorneys by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

Man sentenced to nine years in prison for assault on gay couple

Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin was convicted of assault charges in relation to his assault of Jonathan Snipes and Ethan York-Adams with a wooden chair on May 5, 2015. The incident occurred at Dallas BBQ restaurant in Chelsea, New York. El-Amin was sentenced to nine years in prison on Thursday, September 15 for the offense.

While the media initially portrayed the incident as a hate crime because El-Amin could be heard saying the word “faggot” to the victims. it was later revealed that El-Amin is also gay. Smashing the victims over the head with a wooden chair was retaliation for an earlier altercation initiated by the victims.

According to court documents, the altercation was divided into three parts. First, the force that El-Amin initially employed could be considered self-defense, since Snipes started the altercation. Parts two and three, however, El-Amin continued his assault on Snipes and York-Adams, even as they made their surrender.

If you or someone you love was charged with a crime, you need complete faith and confidence in your criminal defense lawyer. Get in touch with our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our Dallas offices at (214) 845-7007 so we can immediately start crafting a strong legal defense for your case.

Ezekiel Elliott won’t be charged in domestic violence incident

The Columbus Ohio City Attorney’s Office decided not to charge 21-year-old Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in relation to an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred in July. In question is the incident involving Elliott’s ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, who authorities say provided “conflicting and inconsistent information”.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Tuesday, September 6 that the disciplinary board is still reviewing Elliott’s case since the league can punish a player even if he is not formally charged with a crime. In a statement, Elliott’s mother, Stacy Elliott said: “I’m very relieved. I want to thank Ezekiel’s legal team for its diligence.”

Thompson filed two police reports on July 22, 2016 that said Elliott abused her while they sat in a parked car. However, four witnesses, including one who was sitting in the car with Elliott and Thompson at the time of the alleged abuse, said no abuse took place.

If you are charged with a crime, contact the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter for help with your case. We want to defend you and make sure your legal rights are protected. Call (214) 845-7007 for more information and to discuss your legal options.

Chris Brown arrested by LAPD for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman

27-year-old R&B singer-songwriter Chris Brown was arrested by members of the Los Angeles Police Department last Tuesday, August 30 after a daylong standoff at Brown’s residence. Police booked Brown after a woman alleged that he pointed a gun at her.

LAPD spokesman Lieutenant Chris Ramirez said they responded to a woman who requested police assistance at around 3:11 a.m. at Brown’s house. The SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team stood outside Brown’s house waiting as the LAPD obtained a search warrant. During that time, Brown posted on Twitter: If only the “SWAT TEAM” showed up at crime scenes when innocent lives get taken, like they show up at people house over dumb phone calls.

Brown also posted videos on Instagram that contained his lashes at the police: “When you get the warrant, whatever you need, you gonna walk right up in here, and you gonna see nothing, you idiots. I’m tired of (expletive) dealing with you all. Y’all the worst gang in the world, the police.”

The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, who provide legal services to our clients in Dallas and other areas of Texas, are dedicated to defending the rights of the accused. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

Playing Pokemon Go is not an excuse when you break the law

Rogge Dunn, a lawyer in Dallas, Texas, said when people violate the law while playing entertaining mobile games, such as the latest Pokemon Go, they “have to take personal responsibility for [their] own actions.”

Dunn added that courts have to be vigilant in ensuring that operators of these kinds of games are giving proper warning to players regarding the risks to playing their games. He noted, “Courts and juries are going to be looking at this very carefully to make sure that people that are bringing forth these games are doing so in a manner that doesn’t endanger the players of the game as well as the general public.”

Should someone attempt to give a “Pikachu defense,” it wouldn’t be the only time that someone blamed entertainment for their crimes. For instance, in the 1990’s, two teenagers who committed a robbery and killed the store clerk at a convenience store said they were influenced by watching the 1994 thriller Natural Born Killers.

Having an experienced criminal defense attorney during your criminal trials can give you the chance of getting your charges dismissed or reduced. Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas can protect your legal interests and freedoms and can competently defend you in court. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your personal situation.

Confidential Free Case Evaluation