Fred 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.

Fred 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.

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

Real Clients, Real Results

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

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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Fred Stangl Discusses Second Chance DWI in Texas

A new law that went into affect September 1st, 2017 gives some DWI offenders a second chance. Fred Stangl was interviewed by Fox34 to discuss how an individual convicted of a DWI can get their record sealed. As Stangl points out, not every DWI offender can get a sealed record, and this outcome is different…

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Murder Charge Dropped for Client of Fred Stangl

Last week, Stangl helped a client successfully take a plea deal for domestic assault, which allowed other charges to be dropped. Billy Limbaugh Jr. received five charges in 2014, years after the alleged crime of murdering Monica Adams in 2008. These charges included murder, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and additional charges. In an interview,…

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Concealed Handguns on Texas school campuses

On Saturday, September 10th, Fred spoke to the West Texas Paralegals Association on the topic of carrying firearms on the campuses of Texas schools. His talk included the School Marshal program, which gives school districts the option to certify certain employees as school marshals. Once they complete a rigorous training program established by statute, these…

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Fred Stangl Quoted in Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Fred represented Lubbock’s former animal services director, who is looking forward to moving on with his life now that felony theft charges against him have been dismissed. Fred spoke to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal about the changes his client made to improve his life. “This has been a tough and trying time for Kevin and his…

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Victory in Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) case for Fred Stangl

Fred Stangl had a victory earlier this week.  In a contested hearing in a DWI case, the judge threw out the only standardized field sobriety test administered by the investigating officer.  After the hearing, the prosecutor dismissed the case altogether.  Additionally, based upon the result of the hearing, the Texas Department of Public Safety abandoned…

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