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: Second Battle of Adobe Walls

Chuck Lanehart writes on the second Battle of Adobe Walls. Catch up on his original post here. In the second battle, war began as a last resort for the Indian tribes living in the panhandle of the South Plains. Bison, the primary food source was depleted as illegal hunting parties started to wipe out the…

Attorneys Read Declaration of Independence for 4th

An annual tradition continued for Fred Stangl, Chuck Lanehart and other local criminal defense attorneys. A reading of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights took place on the steps of the Lubbock County Courthouse on July 3rd to celebrate July 4th. All across Texas, members of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA)…

Buying and Selling Drugs Online and Texas Law

Growth of Online Drug Commerce According to a recent Global Drug Survey report, the number of people ordering drugs online is on the rise. And it’s becoming easier than ever thanks to the growing popularity of the dark web: an underground market that can only be accessed with special IP masking browsers. Many of the…

The Truth About CBD Oil in Texas from an Attorney

Is It Now Legal? Marijuana in 2019 now comes in many forms whether it’s in a brownie, a live plant, wax, gummy bears, THC concentrate or even CBD oil and hemp. Some forms of cannabis are recently legal while other forms still carry severe penalties for possession in Texas. CBD oil containing any amount of…

Felon in Possession of Firearm Case

Earlier this month, Chuck Lanehart filed a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of his client, who was accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He challenged the probable cause for the client’s arrest, which was based on unsubstantiated eyewitness testimony and circumstantial evidence indicating the client fired pistol shots in the…

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.


  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.