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:



Virtual Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Each year shortly before July 4, members of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) gather on courthouse steps throughout the state to honor the Declaration of Independence. They read the great document to celebrate our American freedoms and the real meaning of Independence Day. It is a tradition unlike any other in the nation.…

Client Released from Lubbock County Jail Due to Coronavirus

On May 8, Chuck Lanehart freed another client at risk of contracting COVID-19 at the Lubbock County Jail. The young African-American man faced serious drug charges in a rural county, which were the basis for a parole violation “blue warrant”. A blue warrant blocks the client from posting bail. Chuck swiftly negotiated a misdemeanor punishment…

Marijuana Possession Charge Ends in Case Dismissed

In Texas, even something as minor as possession of marijuana can deliver stiff penalties. A client was arrested in a rural, South Plains county and faced up to 6 months in jail. Working with experienced criminal defense attorneys provides benefits. The defendant's case is now dismissed and he has completed probation. As a result, he…

Lubbock’s New City Hall, Citizens Tower Opens

Avenue K is Finally Open! Citizens Tower opens today, May 1, 2020. It has been a long six years, but now my street is free and we have a new Lubbock City Hall I wrote the Lubbock Mayor and City Council this letter April 15, 2014, asking that my street—Avenue K—be reopened. It had been…

Caprock Chronicles: The Spanish Flu Pandemic in the South Plains

Chuck Lanehart looks into the 1918 to 1920 Spanish Flu in this week's Caprock Chronicle. It's easy to draw parallels to today's Coronavirus pandemic, but also many differences. For starters, the town of Lubbock was small and the entire South Plains region had fewer than 90,000 residents. Lubbock today is much larger and the impact…

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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