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Michael C. Lukehart

Michael C. Lukehart

Law Office of Michael C. Lukehart
  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, DUI & DWI...
  • California
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Since 1982, Michael C. Lukehart has focused on Criminal Defense Litigation, practicing for 26 years with the Kern County Public Defender and then starting his own office in 2008. He has defended hundreds of high profile, complex cases, and has been a pioneer in the defense of Three-Strikes trials in the State of California. Mr. Lukehart was honored by the California Public Defenders Association in 2002 as Defender of the Year for the entire State of California. He was similarly honored by the Kern County Bar Association, Criminal Defense Section, in 2003. Listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Attorneys, Michael C. Lukehart is among the select lawyers who have earned the AV® Peer Review Rating. An AV® rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence and adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence. Mr. Lukehart has also earned the top Avvo attorney rating of 10 (Superb). No other attorney in Kern County can boast of all these achievements. Many professional, educational, and law enforcement organizations have featured Mr. Lukehart as a speaker. However, the courtroom is where his talents are put to best use. Michael Lukehart gives all criminal cases of every kind his full attention. No case is too small nor too large to receive the same high level of expertise and respect. Every client deserves the same attention, including those charged in the high-profile, complex criminal law cases he specializes in and is known for. Mr. Lukehart knows that every case is the most important case in the world to that individual client. Criminal defense cases completed include: 284 felony jury trials, including 51 homicide trials; 32 special circumstance cases. Professional Recognition: Death Penalty Qualified AV® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell; Rated 10 (Superb) by Avvo; 2002 Defender of the Year, California Public Defenders Association; 2002 Atticus Finch

Southwestern University School of Law
J.D. (1979) | Law
Professional Experience
Chief Attorney
Law Office of Michael C. Lukehart
- Current
Criminal defense cases completed during career include: 282 felony jury trials, including 50 homicide trials; 31 special circumstance cases.
Deputy Public Defender V
Kern County Public Defender, Bakersfield, CA
Conducted investigations and supervised the investigation of facts; interviewed defendants, complainants and witnesses with regard to criminal proceedings; examined evidence; prepared for trial and tried the most difficult criminal cases in the Superior Court; prepared legal briefs, opinions, pleadings, petitions, motions, writs and other legal papers in both trial courts of the County and the Appellate Courts; conferred with, trained, and advised staff on general prosecution or defense techniques and specific case situations; supervised the processing of extradition proceedings and insanity commitment proceedings; prepared correspondence and reports.
Sole Practitioner | General Practice
Michael C. Lukehart, Attorney at Law, Encino, CA
Certificate of Appreciation
California Public Defenders Association (CPDA)
"For outstanding contributions in the field of legal education and trial advocacy."
Certificate of Appreciation
California Public Defenders Association (CPDA)
"For outstanding contributions in the field of legal education and trial advocacy."
Certificate of Appreciation
California Public Defenders Association (CPDA)
"For outstanding contributions in the field of legal education and trial advocacy."
Atticus Finch Award
Kern County Bar Association - Criminal Defense Section
2002 Defender of the Year
California Public Defenders Association
Defender of the Year for the entire state of California.
AV® Peer Review Rating
AV®-rated for over ten years.
Rated 10 (Superb)
Professional Associations
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
- Current
Kern County Bar Association - Criminal Defense Section
Member of the Board of Directors
- Current
Kern County Bar Association
- Current
California Public Defender Association (CPDA)
- Current
California State Bar # 92804
- Current
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ)
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • Free Consultation
Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI & DWI
  • White Collar Crime
Additional Practice Areas
  • Homicide
  • Assault
  • Gang allegations
  • Drug cases
  • Sex charges
  • Second Amendment Issues
  • Theft
  • Three Strikes
  • DNA
  • Cold case hits
  • Striking priors
  • Expungements
  • Habeas Corpus
  • SVP commitments
  • Police bias
  • Prosecutorial abuse
  • Medical marijuana / Co-op cases
  • English: Spoken, Written
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Telephone: (661) 633-9896
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