CHAPPELL, LANEHART & STANGL

Solving Lubbock’s Greatest Murder Mystery

Chuck Lanehart and Alan Burton uncover the background, crime and police investigation into Texas Tech’s most infamous murder. The new book,”Fatal Exam” is available at Lubbock’s Barnes & Noble in the South Plains Mall and via Amazon. On Dec. 4, 1967, university employee – Sarah Alice Morgan was killed by Benjamin Lach, a Texas Tech…

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Travis Wiebold Joins Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl as Attorney at Law

Welcome Travis L. Wiebold, who is now recognized as a licensed criminal attorney in the State of Texas. Travis passed the Bar exam on his first attempt and is a 2023 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law. For more than 2 years, Travis worked as a law clerk with our firm and contributed…

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Felony Drug Case Ends in Dismissal for Chuck Lanehart

Chuck represented a client facing possession of more than 50 grams of cocaine with intent to deliver. There was no defense to the 1st degree felony drug charges, and the client had prior criminal convictions. During plea negotiations, the client decided to accept an eight-year prison term. However, his health declined, and Chuck put together…

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Chuck Lanehart to Speak at Lubbock Book Festival

Chuck Lanehart will be an attending author at the upcoming Lubbock Book Festival, the weekend of November 4-5th. Hosted at the Cotton Court Hotel, Lanehart will be one of several authors participating in the local book signing event. Lanehart’s latest book, Marvels of the Texas Plains was published in October 2022 and is his third book in historical non-fiction. His fourth book, Fatal…

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Asset Forfeiture Successfully Negotiated by Chuck Lanehart

Chuck Lanehart recently received a note from a grateful client who was arrested on serious drug charges and probation violation in a small Texas County. He was facing a serious prison term, but Chuck negotiated a two-year prison sentence. At the time of his arrest, officers seized a large quantity of cash from him. Lanehart…

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Fred Stangl Recognized by Texas Super Lawyers for 2023

Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl is excited to announce Fred Stangl, partner and criminal defense attorney has been awarded Super Lawyers for 2023. Only a few criminal defense attorneys are nominated each year by peers, from other law firms and lawyers. Fred Stangl is recognized by the Texas criminal defense community for his skill at trial in defending clients.…

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Ethical Implications of Using Artificial Intelligence to Represent Criminal Defendants

In the August Edition of Voice for the Defense Online, Chuck Lanehart and Megan Gower cover a recent case that earned a lot of media attention over an attorney's use of ChatGPT in the courtroom. While the attorney has yet to be sanctioned, he was lambasted by the judge and media for referencing non-existent case law…

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Fred Secures “Time Served” for Criminal Defendant Charged with Felonies

A 25-year-old client was lucky to have Fred Stangl as his court-appointed attorney. Facing the prospect of a very long prison term for multiple felonies and a probation violation, Fred Stangl settled all of his cases for a short prison sentence, essentially “time served”. The following is a snippet of a note received from the…

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Fred Stangl Elected to Board of Directors for TCDLA

Fred Stangl was newly elected to the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Swearing in on June 17th, Fred will help lead and oversee the organization for 2023-2024. Founded 40 years ago, the TCDLA is recognized as the largest state association of criminal defense attorneys in the nation. Annually, the TCDLA hosts numerous seminars and training…

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Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Fake Driver’s License Dismissed

We have all made mistakes, especially in our youth. For an 18-year old Texas Tech student, mistakes led to misdemeanor charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Fake Driver’s License. Fred got both charges dismissed and handled the case pro bono. I do wish to remain anonymous so I’m providing feedback via…

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