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 Negotiates Pretrial Diversion for Possession of Controlled Substance

Chuck Lanehart obtained a pretrial diversion for his client, a 24-year-old college student majoring in history education. He is accused in a rural Texas county of possession of a controlled substance, THC, between 4-400 grams, a second-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. Chuck presented a strong mitigation case to the prosecution,…

Caprock Chronicles: Jim Miller, First Recorded Killer in the South PLains

Chuck Lanehart uncovers the life of ruthless outlaw, Jim Miller in this week's Caprock Chronicle. Miller quickly earned a reputation as a drifter and frequently found himself on the wrong side of the law as a western hitman. Miller became infamous in Lubbock's history, when he killed pioneer and attorney, James Jarrott. The murder is…

Pretrial Diversion for College Student Caught with THC Edibles

On March 28, Chuck Lanehart successfully negotiated a deal for pretrial diversion in a rural Texas county. His client, a young college girl, had been stopped by a DPS Trooper for speeding. When the trooper took the client's ID to check for warrants, the trooper claimed he smelled marijuana and searched the client's vehicle. No…

Pretrial Diversion Secured for College Student Charged with Drug Possession

Today, Chuck Lanehart successfully negotiated a 16-month pretrial diversion for a Lubbock college student who was charged with a first-degree felony charge of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver 4-200 grams. The student was also accused of three third-degree felony drug charges and two state jail felony drug charges. Chuck convinced the prosecution that…

Case Dismissed for Gaines County Residents Charged with Possession of THC

Today, Chuck Lanehart negotiated dismissals in drug cases involving four young Gaines County residents. The clients, all under the age of 21, were arrested last year for felony possession of THC and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana, along with possession of drug paraphernalia charges. Because of unreasonable delay in presenting the charges to 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.


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