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:



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…

Criminal Defense of Felony THC Possession

Last week, Chuck Lanehart successfully defended two college students on drug possession cases in a rural Texas County. The clients were accused of possessing a total of 500 grams of THC, which could have resulted in a first-degree felony conviction carrying a punishment range of 5-99 years in prison or life in prison, with an…

New Caprock Chronicle: First Battle of Adobe Walls

This is the first of three articles on the Battle of Adobe Walls. Chuck Lanehart writes for Lubbock Avalanche Journal on the Indian tribes that lived in the South Plains and their conflict with settlers in the 1860's. Read the Full Story

Two Recent Case Results for DWI and Drug Possession

May 28th DWI Case Chuck Lanehart obtained a pretrial diversion for his client, a 20-year-old college student accused of Driving While Intoxicated. He faced up to a year in jail and fines up to $4,000, plus a one-year driver’s license suspension. Chuck provided the prosecutor with compelling evidence of the client’s good character and problems…

THC Cases Rejected Against College Students

Today, Chuck Lanehart received word the prosecutor in a rural Texas county has rejected THC cases against two college-age clients. Chuck had argued the police detention and arrest of his clients was illegal and also presented the DA with substantial mitigating evidence on the clients’ behalf. The clients will be eligible to have their arrest…

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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