In many instances, we can have your case dropped before charges are even filed.


We can negotiate with the Prosecutor for drastically reduced charges.


If inadmissible evidence is a factor we can file a Pre-trial “Motion to Suppress.”


In the event of a conviction, we can persuade the court for more lenient punishment.

About Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl

The attorneys at Chappell, Lanehart, & Stangl work as a team, collaborating to bring more than 50 years of collective experience to build a winning strategy for your defense. When you seek our legal advice, we will fully explain the legal process controlling your case. When you leave our office after your free consultation, you will understand the charges and the consequences, and you will be confident your case is in good hands.

Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl is one of the oldest criminal law firms in Lubbock, and boasts two specialists board-certified in the field of criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization—Chuck Lanehart & Fred Stangl. Our criminal defense attorneys are known for their aggressive pursuit of justice and for their commitment to zealous advocacy. Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl focuses its practice on professional criminal defense for individuals and businesses. Our attorneys have built a stellar reputation in Lubbock and throughout Texas for top-notch criminal defense.

Our Expertise

Our Lubbock criminal defense law firm has successfully represented thousands of clients facing alleged violations of federal laws, Texas state laws, and local laws. Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl believes there are no unimportant clients, and every accusation against a client is worthy of impassioned defense. We continue to hone our skills every day in order to continue to provide the best possible outcome to your case. Our expertise is unmatched in the following fields of law:



Chuck Lanehart Wins Dismissal in DWI Case

Utilizing a two-pronged defense, Chuck Lanehart this month successfully obtained a dismissal of a DWI case for a young college student. The student was involved in a traffic accident, and police obtained a search warrant to obtain the student’s blood to be analyzed for alcohol content. However, Chuck argued the search warrant was signed by…

Victory for Chuck Lanehart’s client on Rural Country Road

Chuck Lanehart’s client was stopped by a law enforcement officer for two reasons: (1) because she drove in the wrong lane of a rural country road, and (2) because the officer said he wanted to check on her welfare. The client was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated, but the DWI charge was dismissed when…

Fred Stangl Quoted in Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Fred represented Lubbock’s former animal services director, who is looking forward to moving on with his life now that felony theft charges against him have been dismissed. Fred spoke to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal about the changes his client made to improve his life. “This has been a tough and trying time for Kevin and his…

Chuck Lanehart was the featured speaker at recent Lubbock Area Bar Association meeting

Our very own Chuck Lanehart was the featured speaker at the June 8 meeting of the Lubbock Area Bar Association. Chuck gave a rousing and colorful speech to a packed house on “The History of Lubbock and the Law.” Big thanks to Mark Umstot for the great photos!

Independence Day

by Chuck Lanehart As the weather gets warmer, it’s a reminder that summer is coming soon, and with that, one of my favorite holidays, Independence Day. In recent years, I’ve been fortunate to be a part of what can now be called a movement: just before the July 4 holiday every year, I join local…

What We Will Do To Fight For Your Case

Free Initial Consultation

Obtain and review police reports pertaining to your arrest or criminal investigation.

Obtain Police Reports

We listen to what did and didn’t happen, ask pertinent questions, and assess the potential strength and/or weaknesses of the case.

Compile A List

Compile a list of possible witnesses and statements concerning your case. Interview and question all parties concerned.

Visit The Scene

Visit the scene of the arrest or alleged crime, combing for evidence while notating irregularities or conflicting information.

Background Check

Conduct a thorough background check of all potential witnesses and involved parties, looking for information helpful to your case.

Hire A Private Investigator

Hire a private investigator when applicable, to prove or disprove essential elements to your case.

Reliability of Evidence

Employ an independent laboratory to test, document, and testify as to the reliability of evidence and / or samples related to your case.

Evaluate The Chain of Events

Evaluate the chain of events leading up to and resulting in your arrest and detention.


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