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.
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 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:
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Obtain and review police reports pertaining to your arrest or criminal investigation.
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 of possible witnesses and statements concerning your case. Interview and question all parties concerned.
Visit the scene of the arrest or alleged crime, combing for evidence while notating irregularities or conflicting information.
Conduct a thorough background check of all potential witnesses and involved parties, looking for information helpful to your case.
Hire a private investigator when applicable, to prove or disprove essential elements to your case.
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 leading up to and resulting in your arrest and detention.