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 and Fred Stangl Read Declaration of Independence for July 4th.

On behalf of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, I would like to extend congratulations to all the members who took time out this past weekend to participate in readings of the Declaration of Independence in county courthouses around the state. This was a tribute to the organizers of the yearly event—Robb Fickman of Houston…

The Legacy of Lubbock Lawyers from the Past

Compiled by Chuck Lanehart 100+ Years Ago Attorney W.F. Schenck went to Amarillo Tuesday to look after legal matters. Attorney Sam Merrell was here last week attending court. -The Lubbock Avalanche, June 27, 1912 75 Years Ago Judge Dillard gets a great kick out of thinking and talking about Mr. Tubbs, “the man who furnished…

Evolution of the Lubbock County Courthouse

Original Lubbock County Courthouse. “Uncle Tang” Martin, a disabled veteran of the Civil War, is seated before the original wood frame Lubbock County Courthouse, which was constructed at the center of the town square in1892. The square was actually rectangular in shape, one block wide and two blocks long, bounded by Cedar Street (now Texas…

Murder Charge Dropped for Client of Fred Stangl

Last week, Stangl helped a client successfully take a plea deal for domestic assault, which allowed other charges to be dropped. Billy Limbaugh Jr. received five charges in 2014, years after the alleged crime of murdering Monica Adams in 2008. These charges included murder, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and additional charges. In an interview,…

Dallas Sonnier: Victim impact statement absolutely necessary

By GABRIEL MONTE A-J MEDIA As Thomas Dixon’s second trial was coming to a close, Dallas Sonnier, the eldest son of Dr. Joseph Sonnier, the victim of Dixon’s murder-for-hire plot, began redrafting his victim impact statement. Dallas Sonnier wrote the statement a year before during Dixon’s first trial in November 2014. He planned to read…

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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