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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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Caprock Chronicles: Temple Houston

Chuck Lanehart uncovers the origin story of Temple Houston in this week's Caprock Chronicles. Famous by name at an early age, the son of Sam Houston became the youngest licensed lawyer in Texas in 1880. Moving out to the Panhandle, Temple transformed into the legendary "prairie dog lawyer" defending pioneers in Texas and Oklahoma of…

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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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One of the Most Infamous Murder Cases in Lubbock History

In December of 1967, a gruesome murder occurred in the Texas Tech Science Building. The victim was a university custodian. The prime suspect? A graduate student, Benjamin Lach. The motive? Lach was accused of being confronted by the custodian in an effort to steal test answers. The charge? "Murder with Malice", which was a capital…

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Pretrial Diversion Secured in Domestic Violence case

On December 13, Chuck Lanehart successfully negotiated a pretrial diversion in an assault domestic violence case. A conviction would mean the client would never be allowed to lawfully possess a weapon. A conviction would also mean the client would be ineligible to maintain primary custody of children. Instead, after successfully completing six months of good…

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Felony Burglary Win

Today, Chuck Lanehart negotiated a plea deal in a second-degree felony burglary of a habitation case that was scheduled for jury trial. The client was facing a possible 20-year prison sentence. Instead, the prosecutor accepted Chuck’s counter-offer for a one-year deferred probation on a misdemeanor criminal trespass plea. The client will be eligible for an…

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Dismissal of Domestic Violence Charges

Chuck Lanehart convinced the prosecutor in a small South Plains county to dismiss assault, domestic violence and terrorist threat charges against his client, a 61-year-old rancher. Chuck argued that the evidence was insufficient to sustain convictions, and the prosecutor did not want to proceed to trial.

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Federal Fraud Case Reduced to Probation

Attorney Chuck Lanehart successfully argued for the minimum sentence of one year probation in a federal fraud case. His client was a 28-year-old mother of two who could have been sentenced for years in federal penitentiary. Due to Chuck's hard work on her behalf, she can continue to raise her family.

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Pretrial Diversion Secured for Client Accused of THC Possession

Chuck Lanehart successfully negotiated a pretrial diversion for a young college-age girl who was accused of drug possession of THC, a second-degree felony. She was facing a possible 20-year prison sentence. Chuck made effective use of advocacy skills, mitigation and other character evidence. Chuck's client will not be charged or indicted for a crime, and…

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