In May 2016, three Texas Tech football players – Dakota Allen, Robert
Castaneda, and Trace Ellison – admitted to burglarizing a home during
the winter and stealing firearms, a television, and other items. After
Allen retained the services of Guy L. Womack & Associates, P.C., it
took less than four months to secure a positive pretrial diversion for
the boys that should lead to the complete dismissal of their charges.
The brevity involved in the conclusion of the case is uncommon, as criminal
charges can often take a year or more to come to a close; the United States
Department of Justice also states that the majority of criminal cases
that reach pretrial diversion are done so
before an indictment, adding to the impressiveness of this conclusion.
Under the agreement that Attorney Guy Womack primarily drafted and handled,
each of the men will need to complete 24 hours of community service as
well as theft prevention programs run by the state; Guy Womack only officially
represented Allen but the District Attorney assigned to the case found
it reasonable to provide the agreement to all three men. Without the pretrial
diversion, thesecond-degree felony burglary charges could have ended with a prison sentence of at least 2 years but up to
20 years, as well as thousands of dollars in fines. If the community service
and intervention programs are not completed accordingly, the Districts
Attorney’s office has the option to refile the charges against the
three former footballers.
The behavior of Allen, Castaneda, and Ellison has also likely played a
significant role in the District Attorney’s decision to offer a
dismissal of the charges. Although the crime constituted a second-degree
felony due to the number of firearms stolen, it was nonviolent. All three
suspects also willingly turned themselves into police. Lastly, all of
the stolen property has been successfully returned to the original owners.
Attorney Guy Womack has expressed that Allen is a “great kid from
a great family” who has genuinely learned from his mistakes. With
a positive attitude and a focus on moving forward, Allen and his legal
counsel are confident that breaking the pretrial diversion agreement will
not be an occurrence. Allen has also made arrangements to transfer to
East Mississippi College; Attorney Womack went on to state that the campus
has a focus on helping athletes who ran into legal trouble rehabilitate
themselves with great success.
For more information regarding this case,
Lubbock Online has published an article that can be seen
here. To learn about Guy L. Womack & Associates, P.C. and the legal services
of the firm’s Houston criminal defense attorneys, call
713.364.9913 to schedule a
free case evaluation.