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:



Client Facing Two Felony Charges Reduced to Misdemeanors

Chuck Lanehart successfully defended a 34-year-old client who had been to prison twice previously. He was facing two felony charges: – Assault of a Public Servant (25-life sentence possible due to prior prison sentences) – Assault domestic violence with prior (25-life sentence possible due to prior prison sentences) – Multiple misdemeanors: DWI, Public Intoxication and…

Solving Lubbock’s Greatest Murder Mystery

Chuck Lanehart and Alan Burton uncover the background, crime and police investigation into Texas Tech’s most infamous murder. The new book,”Fatal Exam” is available at Lubbock’s Barnes & Noble in the South Plains Mall and via Amazon. On Dec. 4, 1967, university employee – Sarah Alice Morgan was killed by Benjamin Lach, a Texas Tech…

Travis Wiebold Joins Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl as Attorney at Law

Welcome Travis L. Wiebold, who is now recognized as a licensed criminal attorney in the State of Texas. Travis passed the Bar exam on his first attempt and is a 2023 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law. For more than 2 years, Travis worked as a law clerk with our firm and contributed…

Felony Drug Case Ends in Dismissal for Chuck Lanehart

Chuck represented a client facing possession of more than 50 grams of cocaine with intent to deliver. There was no defense to the 1st degree felony drug charges, and the client had prior criminal convictions. During plea negotiations, the client decided to accept an eight-year prison term. However, his health declined, and Chuck put together…

Chuck Lanehart to Speak at Lubbock Book Festival

Chuck Lanehart will be an attending author at the upcoming Lubbock Book Festival, the weekend of November 4-5th. Hosted at the Cotton Court Hotel, Lanehart will be one of several authors participating in the local book signing event. Lanehart’s latest book, Marvels of the Texas Plains was published in October 2022 and is his third book in historical non-fiction. His fourth book, Fatal…

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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