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.

Prosecutors seek to revoke probation of man convicted of manslaughter

Prosecutors in Dallas County are seeking to revoke the probation of 30-year-old Leo Deleon, who was convicted of manslaughter in 2013 after he drove drunk and caused the death of 28-year-old Heather Holt.

A hearing was set last Wednesday, June 8 before Texas District Judge Teresa Hawthorne, the same judge who gave Deleon a probation sentence in the manslaughter case. This time Hawthorne must decide whether Deleon should serve a jail sentence for the fatal accident, which is made worse by Deleon’s leaving the scene of the accident. Prosecutors earlier tried to send Deleon to prison for violating the terms of his probation; in 2014, he tested positive for methamphetamine.

It is your legal right to have a competent criminal defense attorney at your side no matter your crime, as a strong defense strategy can help your case immensely. A fair trial is your right if you have been charged with a criminal offense, whether you are guilty or not. Seek out the legal services of the attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas by calling our offices today at (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.

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