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:



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…

Recent Results and Updates for Attorney Fred Stangl

3 Years Probation Secured Fred Stangl finalized a federal embezzlement case involving the loss of more than $30,000 from a bank. On January 26th, he successfully convinced Judge Hendrix to give his client a sentence of three years probation, with six months of home confinement, plus restitution. The co-defendant was sentenced to seven months in…

Chuck Lanehart Releases Marvels of the Texas Plains

The newest book from criminal defense attorney and historian, Chuck Lanehart was released on October 24th. Marvels of the Texas Plains: Historic Chronicles from the Courthouse to the Caprock is now available in paperpack and eBook format. Readers of the Lubbock Avalanche Journal’s Caprock Chronicle will recognize some of the stories and historical accounts. Although…

Recent Results for Criminal Attorney Fred Stangl

Fred Stangl shares recent results for his clients. All were first time offenders without any criminal history. Many of these cases could have resulted in serious jail time, fines and a damaged reputation. Client was stopped for speeding and charged with Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon, Possession of Marijuana and felony Money Laundering.  The State also…

Title IX Result for Student at Texas Tech University

Chuck Lanehart is celebrating a positive verdict for a student in a hard-fought Title IX hearing. His client was accused of sexual assault and assault domestic violence with strangulation in a Texas Tech University Title IX hearing. Importance of Cross Examination in Title IX Hearings Under new Title IX rules, Chuck was allowed to cross-examine…

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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Whether you were charged in Lubbock, the panhandle or elsewhere in Texas, our law firm is taking on new clients and happy to provide legal advice.

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