Chuck Lanehart has long been known in Texas as a winning trial lawyer. He is board certified in the field of Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and concentrates his practice primarily in criminal trial work in state and federal courts throughout Texas. He has earned a well-deserved reputation as a lawyer who gets things done.

Sometimes, if the client is worthy and the cause is just, Chuck will work on a case pro-bono. He has helped hundreds of college-age kids who’ve had minor run-ins with the law, and he has been involved in multiple complicated white-collar criminal trials in federal court. He has handled more than 200 murder/homicide cases.

Two cases illustrate Chuck’s vast experience and willingness to help clients of all walks of life in small cases and large cases. He once defended a client who was accused of illegal possession of a protected species of turtles. It was just a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a maximum $500 fine, but Chuck demanded a jury trial. After a full day of trial, the client was acquitted. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Chuck represented a young man wrongfully accused of capital murder. The client’s co-defendant had already been convicted and sentenced to death. The case involved years of litigation, and in the end, the young man was acquitted. Chuck is one of a select few lawyers who have obtained a verdict of “not guilty” in a capital murder trial.

In recent years, he has devoted much of his time defending young college-age students accused of drug possession, driving while intoxicated and sexual assault crimes, including Title IX university investigations. Chuck has always discounted his fees for college students, his way of “paying it forward.”

Chuck received his undergraduate and legal education at Texas Tech University and was licensed to practice law in 1977.

Chuck was the founding editor of the Lubbock Law Notes, published by the Lubbock Area Bar Association (LABA), and served as President of the Bar. In 2018, Chuck received the James G. Denton Distinguished Lawyer Award, the Bar’s highest honor. He also served as Director of the State Bar of Texas and served as a member of the State Bar’s Grievance Committee.

He served as director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA). TCDLA awarded him the President’s Commendation for “Outstanding Service to the Citizen Accused,” and TCDLA honored him with the President’s Award for his service to the Association’s Strike Force.

He is a founding member and former president of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (LCDLA). He enjoys mentoring younger attorneys and is often called upon as a lecturer on a variety of subjects at legal seminars. Chuck has served as course director for LCDLA’s Prairie Dog Lawyers Advanced Criminal Law Seminar and Nuts & Bolts Course for many years.

Chuck is also active in civic activities. He is past-president of the Lubbock Business Association, has served on the Board of Directors of LakeRidge Country Club, and is a former member of the City of Lubbock’s Zoning Board of Adjustment. He coached Lubbock Girls Basketball teams for many years. He is also a former member of the Lubbock County Historical Commission. He writes a regular history column in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s “Caprock Chronicles.”

In 2008, Chuck was named among the City of Lubbock’s “200 Most Influential People” by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

When you have need for the best advocate in a serious criminal case, you should contact Chuck Lanehart.


Real Clients, Real Results

Acquittal on Arson, Sentence Reduced for Aggravated Assault

I don’t know if you remember me, but we all—my family and I—will forever remember you. My husband had gotten into trouble and we lived in a small town in the Hill Country. You took his case and you would fly from Lubbock for court.
It’s been a long time ago. My baby boy was three, and now he would have been 32, but he went to live in heaven at the age of 20. My older daughter was eight. She attended Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and graduated with a master’s degree. She works with a major corporate office. My younger daughter was five. Now, after graduating from the same university, she is a teacher.
My husband, who is now a disabled veteran, has mellowed and became a great dad and grandfather.
I am telling you this because, as we all remember, you helped Ralph. You gave us our home back. You treated us with respect and dignity. We are forever grateful to you.
God bless you always and thank you again.

Wife of Client, Accused of Burning Down Jail and Assaulting a Police Officer

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News About Chuck Lanehart

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…

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Chuck Lanehart Presents Distinguished Lawyer Award

Chuck Lanehart presented the James G. Denton Distinguished Lawyer Award to the Honorable Phil Johnson, a recently retired Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. The award is the highest honor of the Lubbock Area Bar Association. Last year, Lanehart was honored as a recipient of the award.
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Assault and Harassment Case Dismissed

Chuck Lanehart’s client, a recent college graduate, was accused of assault and harassment. Chuck thoroughly investigated the case, obtained statements from all witnesses, and presented his investigation report to the police. The police were convinced Chuck’s client was innocent, decided not to send a report to the prosecuting attorney, and the case was rejected.

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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…

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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…

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Caprock Chronicle: Restoring Historic Lynn County Courthouse

The Lynn County Courthouse near the center of Tahoka, TX is in dire need of restoration. Fortunately, the building which is included in the National Register of Historical Places will finally get the remodel it deserves. Chuck Lanehart uncovers the grandeur of one of the tallest buildings in the county in this week's Caprock Chronicle.…
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Caprock Chronicles: Temple Houston

Chuck Lanehart uncovers the origin story of Temple Houston in this week's Caprock Chronicles. Famous by name at an early age, the son of Sam Houston became the youngest licensed lawyer in Texas in 1880. Moving out to the Panhandle, Temple transformed into the legendary "prairie dog lawyer" defending pioneers in Texas and Oklahoma of…
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