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Portrait of Fred Stangl

Fred Stangl has practiced criminal defense almost exclusively since obtaining his law degree from Texas Tech in 1999. He is certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and defends accused citizens across the South Plains.

Fred has called Lubbock home since 1991, when he traveled west from Wichita Falls to attend Texas Tech, earning a bachelor’s degree in zoology. After completing law school, he joined the law firm of Chappell, Lanehart & Wheeler, P.C. in 1999, studying under the tutelage of the great Byron Chappell. Fred and Chuck Lanehart formed Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl, P.C. in 2007.

Attorney Stangl has earned a reputation as a knowledgeable lawyer who fights passionately for his clients. He believes in what he is doing and takes pride in defending his fellow citizens against accusations by the government, as well as defending the Constitution we hold so dear. He will investigate every aspect of his clients’cases and use that knowledge to secure the best results possible, either through trial or agreement. Fred has utilized these skills in all kinds of cases, from traffic citations to capital murder.

Fred is a current member and past president of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is also a current member and former Director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has served as a Director of the Lubbock County Bar Association, and he is involved in numerous civic activities.

Attorney Stangl has developed a reputation in the legal community as an advocate who gets things done. You can’t hire a better lawyer.


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Drug Charges Dismissed and Case Expunged

Mr. Stangl, we are so grateful for your help in dealing with our son's case. He has really turned his life around. He's working hard to get caught up with school and should graduate in June. Thank you for your wise counsel. You have made a difference in our lives.

Parents of Student in High School Charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Drugs

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News About Fred Stangl

Murder Trial in Brownfield Ends in Favorable Plea Deal for Client

Attorney Fred Stangl ended a murder trial after only one day in court. Four years of research, interviews and preparation resulted in the short trial defense of his client. The original murder charge, began on Independence Day in 2015 after police responded to a shooting incident in Brownsfield. We have previously covered the successful motion…
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Recent Wins for Criminal Attorney Fred Stangl

Burglaries and First Degree Drug Charges Fred recently represented a gentleman who was charged with multiple burglaries and a first degree drug charge. Due to prior criminal history, the client would have received a punishment of 15 years to life in prison. After filing a motion to suppress evidence, Fred successfully argued law enforcement illegally…

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Results on College Student Criminal Cases

Student crimes are a practice at Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl and our firm has experience defending young adults. Students are charged with a variety of misdemeanor to felony offenses carrying serious consequences without skilled criminal defense. Often first-time offenders, character witnesses and other case factors can help students at trial and with sentencing. THC Drug…

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Fred Stangl Receives Praise from Client

Recently, a thank you letter arrived from Fred‘s client, who was facing 5 years to life in prison. Originally charged with aggravated assault, Fred and co-counsel Mark Hall litigated the case and settled for a four-year sentence to Possession of a Weapon in a Correctional Institution. Fred’s client is now immediately parole-eligible. Below is the…

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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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Recent Results for Fred Stangl

Assault Case Dismissed On March 1st, Fred Stangl’s case was dismissed for the charge: Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The client was accused of striking his wife with a motorized vehicle. Stangl maintained the incident was an accident and that she put herself in harm’s way. The client is not a U.S. citizen, but…

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Fred Stangl Earns Dismissal for Client Charged with Felony Theft

Fred Stangl secured a dismissal on a felony theft charge, a first-degree offense for which his client faced a possible life sentence. Stangl's client was accused of embezzling more than $400,000 from her employer over a four-year period. Judgement After more than three years of investigation, litigation, evidentiary hearings and trial preparation, the prosecutor finally…
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Nuts & Bolts Criminal Law Seminar

Today, Chuck Lanehart and Fred Stangl gave presentations to lawyers and law students attending the Nuts & Bolts Criminal Law Seminar at Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock. Fred spoke on the subject of "What's Up Front Counts: Pretrial Motions." Chuck spoke on "Why We Do What We Do: Ethics." The seminar, presented…
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Client’s Murder Charge Successfully Appealed

Case Background On July 4th, 2015 in Brownfield, TX, the defendant was pulled over by police and charged with murder of Christavian Jerrod Baker. However, police failed to properly interrogate the defendant and all rights were not read. Once arrested, Fred Stangl worked with the defendant to suppress statements to the police. The Terry County…

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Motion to Suppress Granted for Stangl’s Client

In a Terry County murder case, Attorney Stangl was granted a Motion to Suppress after two evidentiary hearings. The Judge ruled that Fred’s client was taken into custody without reasonable suspicion or probable cause. Any observations made by law enforcement after the illegal detention, as well as his client’s statements obtained as the result of…

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