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About Our Law Firm

When you work with Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl P.C, you benefit from our connections to the legal community and our experience. We work hard for clients, whether the accusation is minor or serious. Our team understands and believes in the criminal justice system, and we dedicate ourselves equally to each client, no matter the circumstances. We do all of this because we are more than attorneys, and you are more than an accused citizen. Since 1948, our law firm has represented citizens of Lubbock and the surrounding area, and we will continue to do so for years to come.

Board Certified Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law
Preeminent Award-Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence 2017
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One of the Oldest Criminal Law Firms in Lubbock

Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl, P.C. has early roots in Lubbock, dating back to a time when the town was populated by only about 50,000 residents.

On September 1, 1948, Byron Chappel became licensed after graduating with a law degree from the University of Texas Law School, following his distinguished South Pacific military service during World War II. He opened a private practice in Lubbock with his father, and the firm was first known as Chappell & Chappell.

For more than 50 years, Chappell practiced criminal law representing clients on the South Plains of Texas and well beyond. In 1989, he was honored as the first inductee into the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Hall of Fame. In 2000, Byron Chappell passed away, but his mark on our firm, the Lubbock community and thousands of clients will always be remembered. That same year, Byron was posthumously honored as Distinguished Senior Lawyer, the Lubbock County Bar Association’s highest award.

In 1977, Chuck Lanehart, a native of Abilene and graduate of Texas Tech, joined the firm. In 1982, he became a partner. The firm changed names several times as new partners joined to learn from the leadership of Byron Chappell and Chuck Lanehart.

In 1999, Fred Stangl joined and the law firm soon changed to Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl, P.C. Almost two decades later and 69 years since inception, CL&S focuses on representing individuals accused of crimes.

Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl P.C. remains the oldest continuously operating criminal law firm in Lubbock. Chuck Lanehart and Fred Stangl are both certified in Criminal Law by the State Bar of Texas. Both attorneys represent clients individually and together, ensuring the best defense for our clients who have entrusted us with their futures.

Real Clients, Real Results

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Student Charged with DWI

We just wanted to say thank you for all the work in getting (our son) the absolute best results in this case!
We appreciate y'all, but hope to not need your services again!

Parents of Student at Texas Tech, Charged with DWI

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Expunged Record

Thank you for recently taking care of my daughter. Sorry you missed some of your lunch hour. Perhaps the enclosed will make up for it.

OWEN, VOSS, OWEN & MELTON, P.C. in Plainview, TX

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Thanks Chuck, as always you are a wonderful source of information and I don't know if I've ever told you but it is very admirable and appreciated how anyone can reach out to your office on anything, anytime and get help.

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Lubbock Resident

Thank you, Mr. Lanehart. From me and my family. We couldn’t thank you guys enough. I have finally been able to start moving forward with my life. Thank you.

I appreciate everything you, Lindsey, Bernadette, and the rest of the staff have done for me!

Results: Client accused of burglary of a habitation. Case dismissed on the eve of trial