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:



Caprock Chronicle: First Female Attorney in Lubbock

Chuck Lanehart’s new Caprock Chronicle honors women for National Woman's Day. Lanehart digs through the archives to reveal the first female attorneys in Lubbock. Today about 35% of all lawyers are women. In 1910, only 3 women in Lubbock were practicing law. One of those women was a relative of Daniel Boone. Learn more about…

Lanehart Interviewed on Defendant’s Competency for Trial

A trial is further delayed for Sampson Oguntope, accused of murder and assault in 2012. The 23 year old Texas Tech student was arrested 6 years ago. A trial is still an unknown for friends and family members of victims in Slaton. Chuck Lanehart was interviewed on the case by KLBK Lubbock. At issue is…

Caprock Chronicles: Practicing Law in Early Lubbock

Chuck Lanehart's new Caprock Chronicle reveals the legal profession in a developing Lubbock. Although the town's population had a large percentage of lawyers, few were filing lawsuits. Practicing law before the 20th century required extensive travel, vast paperwork and easier bar exams. The first felony crime in Lubbock County, involved the theft of a horse.…

The Legacy of Lubbock and the Law: December 2017

Compiled by Chuck Lanehart 100+ Years Ago Statement Made Public in Amarillo Shows Remarkable Decrease in Crime Crime in the borders of Potter County has shown an astonishing decrease within the past few years . . . “An estimate of 90 per cent decrease in the numbers of crimes committed within the past two years,…

All Charges Rejected in Drug Case

This week, Chuck Lanehart successfully argued for rejection of all charges arising from his client’s arrest on felony drug possession charges earlier this year. The client was traveling from Colorado and had in his possession a quantity of THC products legally purchased in Colorado. He was stopped in a small Texas county for speeding 80-mph…

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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