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Christopher M. Lankford

Christopher M. Lankford

Lankford Law Firm
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI
  • Texas
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Prior to founding the Lankford Law Firm, I was a managing partner at the Law Offices of Lankford & Knapp. I founded the Lankford Law Firm in order to focus exclusively on criminal defense and to allow myself the flexibility to serve a broader range of clients. In 2014, I was named a Top Attorney by Fort Worth, Texas magazine and a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association. I take pride in fighting for individual's rights, freedom, and protecting them from the harsh consequences of the criminal justice system. I am a member of the State Bar of Texas, Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCCDLA), Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), the Tarrant County Bar Association (TCBA) and the College of the State Bar of Texas (The College). I have also been recognized as a Top Contributor on Avvo in 2013 and 2014, where I provides free legal advice to persons in need. I graduated from Baylor Law School (J.D. '13) with a concentration in Criminal Law. While attending Baylor in Waco, Texas, I also worked in the McLennan County District Attorney's office. There, I assisted with misdemeanor trials. I also hold degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington (B.A. '10) and Tarrant County College (A.A. '09). I am also a graduate of the Texas Criminal Trial College ('14). I am a United States Marine Corps veteran ('02-'06). Enlisting after September 11, 2001, I served primarily as a legal administration clerk. I served in key roles such as a security specialist and a marksmanship instructor. I am also an active member of the Tarrant County community. I spend much of his free time volunteering, attending sporting events or participating in triathlons, endurance and adventure races.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Free Consultation
    Free initial consultation. Typically, 45 minutes - 1 hour.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We accept all major credit cards.
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Lankford Law Firm
- Current
Law Offices of Lankford & Knapp
Legal Clerk
United States Marine Corps
Baylor Law School
J.D. (2013) | Criminal Law
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University of Texas - Arlington
B.A. | Philosophy, Communication Studies, Latin
Honors: Cum Laude
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Top Attorney
Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
Christopher Lankford was named a 2014 Top Attorney in criminal defense by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine.
Top 100 Trial Lawyer
National Trial Lawyers Association
Christopher Lankford was named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in criminal defense by the National Trial lawyers Association.
Top Contributor
Top Contributor
Professional Associations
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
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Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
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Tarrant County Bar Association
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Articles & Publications
Understanding DWI Related License Suspenions in Texas
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State Bar of Texas
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Lankford Law Firm
Legal Answers
63 Questions Answered

Q. Do I need a attorney present to talk to the police over a stolen gun
A: I would strongly advise it.
Q. Do I have to serve the full sentence of my deferred adjudication probation if I have completed all requirements?
A: Early dismissal is granted by the Judge, not the probation officer. For that reason, you need to hire an attorney to motion the Court for early release.
Q. If he is 29 and im 17 and i end up pregnant can he go to jail in texas ?
A: No. 17 is the age of consent in Texas.
Q. If a 19 year old male punches a 17 year old male in the state of tx, what charges can be brought?
A: Assault causing bodily injury is the most likely charge. It is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. The charge could be enhanced to a felony if seriously bodily injury is caused. There may be additional repercussions if there is a family relationship between the two of you.
Q. So I'm 18 and my girlfriend is 15 . Can we have sex Without me getting in trouble if her dad finds out? what can happen?
A: The law has an exception for individuals who are less than 3 years apart. Based on your birthdays, you two just made it. This means that she is not committing a statutory rape because your ages are within 3 years of each other. There is no crime if you both otherwise consent.
Q. My boyfriend Is 19 and I'm 15 turning 16 in 4 months ??? And gonna be 3 years apart is it against the law ?
A: Yes. The three years is figured from your birthdays. So if you're 15 and he's 19 now, that means you're 3 years PLUS a few months apart. Legally you can "date," but any type of sexual contact is illegal until you're 17. 17 is the age of consent in Texas.
Q. in 1994 on nov 2 i was 17 and charged as an adult on a non violent crime in texas.did the they channge the law from 18
A: 17 is an adult in Texas for criminal purposes. It has been that way for at least a century. Some states differ.
Q. Do I need to hire a lawyer to have an arrest record expunged or can I file it myself?
A: You can file it yourself. However, you only get one shot at it. I would HIGHLY recommend hiring a lawyer to make sure it gets done right.
A: If he leaves he will have a warrant issued for his arrest. I would not expect Texas to have him extradited for a misdemeanor. However, the pending charge will show up on background checks and haunt him until it is resolved.
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Lankford Law Firm
1020 Macon Street
Suite 17
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Telephone: (817) 870-9803
Fax: (817) 886-8633