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

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

Caprock Chronicles: Lubbock’s Growth Increased Demand for Jails

Lubbock has gradually grown, 125+ years after being founded. In the beginning, the county jail was primitive and served multiple duties as a schoolhouse, temporary chapel and living quarters for the sheriff. The limited number of defendants awaiting trial and criminals allowed for a small jail that served the community. Overtime, as Lubbock grew, so…
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Fourth Amendment Expands to Cell Phone Data

Supreme Court Rules on Illegal Search & Seizure The Supreme Court recently decided a case that will have long term affects on the criminal justice system and defendant rights. In Carpenter vs. United States, the case rested on whether the government has the ability to obtain cell phone data without a warrant. In the case…
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Caprock Chronicle: Execution Rarely Happens to Convicted Lubbock Murderers

In Chuck Lanehart's Caprock Chronicle, defendants convicted of murder in Lubbock County are rarely executed. Murder cases end in a variety of outcomes, from mistrials to convictions and appeals. A few defendants are sentenced to death for the most heinous of crimes. Of those convicted of murder, a small number have been executed. In total,…
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Chuck Lanehart Recognized for Stars of Texas Bars Award

The State Bar of Texas has recognized Chuck Lanehart for excellence in writing. Chuck was awarded Best Feature/Human Interest Story for his article, “A Hard, Historical Look at Lubbock County Courthouse Monuments,” which was published by the Lubbock Law Notes in September of 2017. The “Stars of Texas Bars Award” was presented by the SBOT…

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Chuck Lanehart Honored as Distinguished Lawyer

The Lubbock Area Bar Association presented Chuck Lanehart the 2018 Justice James G. Denton Distinguished Lawyer Award at Law Day festivities May 3. It is the Bar’s most prestigious award, and recognizes Chuck’s “extraordinary contributions and exceptional service to the legal profession and the Lubbock community.” Brief Bio of James G. Denton For those of…
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Caprock Chronicle: First Execution in Lubbock, TX

Chuck Lanehart's new Caprock Chronicle covers the first successful execution of a defendant in Lubbock County's history. In 1953, Walter Whitaker was an airman at the Reese Air Force Base, now part of Texas Tech and South Plains College, west of downtown. Whitaker initially admitted to killing his girlfriend and soon to be wife after…
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Chuck Lanehart on Omni Building in Downtown Lubbock

Downtown Lubbock is changing and the City of Lubbock is moving forward on the next phase of making the Omni Building, City Hall. Chuck Lanehart was interviewed by KAMC News Lubbock on the move. Local business owners, including Chuck Lanehart, an attorney at Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl, said the old Omni building detoured traffic because…

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Gambling Charges for March Madness Brackets?

It’s that time of year where work productivity decreases from March Madness. While watching games in your free time or at the water cooler is legal, what about brackets and placing bets on winners and losers? Attorney Chuck Lanehart was interviewed by KLBK News on gambling crimes and if it applies to college basketball. Gambling…

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Caprock Chronicle: First Female Attorney in Lubbock

Chuck Lanehart’s new Caprock Chronicle honors women for National Woman's Day. Lanehart digs through the archives to reveal the first female attorneys in Lubbock. Today about 35% of all lawyers are women. In 1910, only 3 women in Lubbock were practicing law. One of those women was a relative of Daniel Boone. Learn more about…
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Lanehart Interviewed on Defendant’s Competency for Trial

A trial is further delayed for Sampson Oguntope, accused of murder and assault in 2012. The 23 year old Texas Tech student was arrested 6 years ago. A trial is still an unknown for friends and family members of victims in Slaton. Chuck Lanehart was interviewed on the case by KLBK Lubbock. At issue is…
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