CHAPPELL, LANEHART & STANGL

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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 and appellate work in state and federal courts throughout Texas.

Having earned a reputation as a lawyer who gets things done, Chuck assists clients of all walks of life in small cases and large cases. Sometimes, Chuck will work on a case for free, if the client is worthy and the cause is just. 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 homicide cases.

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

Chuck Lanehart was the founding editor of the Lubbock Law Notes, published by the Lubbock Area Bar Association. 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 also 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. He enjoys mentoring younger attorneys, and is often called upon as a lecturer on a variety of subjects at legal seminars.

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 is also a former member of the Lubbock County Historical Commission. He coached Lubbock Girls Basketball teams for many years.

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

Chuck, I dont know if you remember me, but my family and I will forever remember you.
My husband had gotten into trouble when we lived in Nixon, TX. You took his case and would fly from Lubbock for court. It was a long time ago. My daughter was 8 at the time, but has now graduated with a masters from Our Lady of the Lake University. My other daugher was 5 at the time and is now a teacher. My husband today is a great dad and grandfather. I am telling you this, because we all remember how you helped our family. You got our house back and treated us with respect and dignity, we are forever grateful.
God bless you always and thank you!

Wife of Client, Husband Accused of Sexual Assualt

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News About Chuck Lanehart

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…
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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…

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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…

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All charges to be dropped against former Texas Tech lineman represented by Chuck Lanehart

Former Texas Tech football player, Robert Castaneda, expects all charges related to a home burglary and gun theft over the winter break to be dropped. Texas Tech released Castaneda in May from Tech’s football team for failing to uphold student-athlete expectations, Tech officials said at the time. He  entered into an agreement with the district…

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Reading Old Words Is Good for the Soul

Reflections on the 2016 TCDLA Declaration Readings CHUCK LANEHART Friday, July 22nd, 2016 Reading Old Words Is Good for the Soul     Perhaps my earliest memory as a baby lawyer was watching worried law professors and bar leaders wringing their hands, wondering: “How can we improve our image as lawyers? Pro bono work? Public…

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Chuck Lanehart Wins Dismissal in DWI Case

Utilizing a two-pronged defense, Chuck Lanehart this month successfully obtained a dismissal of a DWI case for a young college student. The student was involved in a traffic accident, and police obtained a search warrant to obtain the student’s blood to be analyzed for alcohol content. However, Chuck argued the search warrant was signed by…

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Victory for Chuck Lanehart’s client on Rural Country Road

Chuck Lanehart’s client was stopped by a law enforcement officer for two reasons: (1) because she drove in the wrong lane of a rural country road, and (2) because the officer said he wanted to check on her welfare. The client was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated, but the DWI charge was dismissed when…

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Chuck Lanehart was the featured speaker at recent Lubbock Area Bar Association meeting

Our very own Chuck Lanehart was the featured speaker at the June 8 meeting of the Lubbock Area Bar Association. Chuck gave a rousing and colorful speech to a packed house on “The History of Lubbock and the Law.” Big thanks to Mark Umstot for the great photos!

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Independence Day

by Chuck Lanehart As the weather gets warmer, it’s a reminder that summer is coming soon, and with that, one of my favorite holidays, Independence Day. In recent years, I’ve been fortunate to be a part of what can now be called a movement: just before the July 4 holiday every year, I join local…

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Chuck Lanehart’s Team Wins AIC Program Award

It may look like a lowly bowling trophy, which originally it was, but this is actually a very valuable recycled piece of plastic: the inaugural award for Texas Tech University School of Law American Inns of Court (AIC) “Best Inn of Court Program” for 2015-2016. Chuck Lanehart and his team, Maryam Arastu, Professor Wendy Humphrey,…

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