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 Secures Probation for Client Guilty of Manslaughter

Intoxication Manslaughter is a second degree felony in the State of Texas. Typical penalties can range from two to twenty years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Earlier this week, Chuck Lanehart’s client started serving ten years of probation. She must also serve six months of shock jail time following a drunk driving crash…

Chuck Lanehart Recognized with Writing Award by The State Bar of Texas

The State Bar of Texas awarded Chuck Lanehart for Best Feature/Human Interest Story. The feature article in question was published in 2021 in Lubbock Law Notes and Lubbock Avalanche Journal.  "The Lawsuit that Won Diversity in Lubbock Leadership: Jones vs. The City of Lubbock" In addition, The Lubbock Area Bar Association has been selected to…

All Charges Dismissed & Expunged for College Student

Past Client Accepted into Medical School After Charges Were Dismissed Chuck Lanehart received a positive update from a client represented years earlier, who was a young adult at the time. The client was a college student when he was arrested in a small, rural Texas county. The charges included: Assault of a Public Servant, Resisting…

Chuck Lanehart to Speak at Lubbock Public Library

On Sunday, April 30th at 2:00 pm, Chuck Lanehart will speak at the Friends of the Library general meeting. Located in the Mahon Library Community Room, Lanehart will share stories about his two recent books: Marvels of the Texas Plains: Historic Chronicles from the Courthouse to the Caprock Tragedy and Triumph on the Texas Plains:…

Law Clerk of Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl Receives Best Advocate Award

Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl is proud to announce Megan Gower was awarded best advocate in the 2023 regional American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Los Angeles. Megan is a second-year student at Texas Tech University School of Law, and has worked as a law clerk for our firm since she was an undergraduate…

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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