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

Case Dismissed for Veteran Accused of Burglary

Chuck Lanehart‘s client was scheduled for jury trial later this month, and today, Chuck obtained a dismissal of the case. The client, a decorated Iraq War veteran, was accused of burglarizing a former girlfriend’s home. The client faced a maximum of 20-years in prison if convicted. Chuck presented the prosecutor with evidence of the client’s…

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Dismissal of Aggravated Assault Charge for Client

On July 18, Chuck Lanehart finalized a 16-month pretrial diversion agreement on behalf of his client, who was facing 2-20 years in prison on an aggravated assault indictment. Chuck presented mitigating evidence to the prosecutor, resulting in a result which will mean a dismissal of the client’s charge. Eventually, an expunction of all records of…

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Attorneys Read Declaration of Independence for 4th

An annual tradition continued for Fred Stangl, Chuck Lanehart and other local criminal defense attorneys. A reading of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights took place on the steps of the Lubbock County Courthouse on July 3rd to celebrate July 4th. All across Texas, members of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA)…
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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…

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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…

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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
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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…

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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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