Portrait of Fred Stangl

Fred Stangl, Partner and Criminal Attorney

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

Recent Results for Criminal Attorney Fred Stangl

Fred Stangl shares recent results for his clients. All were first time offenders without any criminal history. Many of these cases could have resulted in serious jail time, fines and a damaged reputation. Client was stopped for speeding and charged with Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon, Possession of Marijuana and felony Money Laundering.  The State also…

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Chuck and Fred Read Declaration of Independence for July 4th

Continuing an annual tradition in Lubbock that dates back several years, attorneys gathered at the Lubbock County Courthouse ahead of the July 4th holiday. Other than 2020, when a virtual reading was given due to the pandemic, the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association has held public readings of the Bill of Rights and Declaration of…

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Fred Stangl Secures Plea Deal for Criminal Defendant

Fred Stangl is in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, after prosecution accepted his client’s guilty plea to Criminally Negligent Homicide. The charge has a recommended sentence of up to 2 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. However, as a result of Fred’s plea bargaining, his defendant received an 18-month sentence to be served at…

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Sexual Assault Case Dismissed for Client of Fred Stangl

Relationships can be messy and can occasionally end in criminal charges. Whether you are accused of a crime by a one night hookup or a long term partner, hiring an experienced defense attorney is required. The charges sound serious for a reason. Sexual assault, more commonly known as “rape” has serious consequences in Texas if…

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Another Satisfied Client Earned Deferred Adjudication

Real Clients. Real Results. Every month, our law firm receives handwritten letters and in depth emails from actual clients. Some are sharing feedback on a successful trial or a recent decision in their favor. Other clients write to us years later, giving us an update on their lives, successful careers and families. This feedback is…

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Fred’s Client Has Case Dismissed, Cash and Dodge Challenger are Returned

It’s not every day that you get a client’s case dismissed along with the return of a Dodge Challenger and $8,000 in cash. Fred Stangl’s client was arrested for Possession of THC, a second degree felony in Texas, which carries a possible prison term of up to 20 years. The cops seized his 2017 Dodge…

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Recent Results for Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers: Chuck and Fred

Chuck Negotiates for Modified Probation Due to Coronavirus Pandemic Chuck Lanehart's client was on probation for a second-degree felony, but continued to suffer from substance-abuse problems. To avoid having his probation revoked, the client agreed to go to SAFPF.  A Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility is a six-month in-prison treatment program followed by up to…
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Your Guide to the New Texas Assault Laws

On Sept. 1, 2019, several new laws took effect in Texas that broadened assault classifications and toughened penalties for offenses. Being hit with assault charges in Texas is a serious situation — the state has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world — so it’s important to be aware of these changes and…

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Fred Stangl Interviewed on Personal Bond Executive Order

Governor Greg Abbot’s recent executive order was covered by the Lubbock Avalanche Journal. In the state-wide order, Judges are prevented from issuing Personal Recognizance Bonds to suspects accused of, or previously convicted of violent crimes. The order was made as more jails and prisons begin to find positive cases of COVID-19. As a result, counties…

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Fred Stangl Interviewed on Police DNA Collection

A change in state law allows police in Texas to collect DNA evidence upon arrest. The law is named the Krystal Jean Baker Act after a kidnapping/murder victim's case was unsolved for 14 years. Eventually, the family received justice when a suspect was arrested for an unrelated crime with a DNA match. Prior to the…
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