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Defense Lawyer in Bakersfield?

Telephone:   (661) 319-0768




P.O. BOX 22771



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Juris Doctor, 1979,

Southwestern University

School of Law


U.S. Supreme Court Bar no. 300362 

Admitted 2017

CA State Bar no. 92804 Admitted 1980

Kern County Bar Association (KCBA)  2008-2016

  Board of Directors,

  KCBA Criminal Defense Section


California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ)  2011-2017

California Public Defender Association (CPDA) 


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)   2009-2018

National Rifle Association (NRA)

    Life Member             


Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California

CA Supreme Court

Licensed to practice before all courts in the State of California.


2008 to present - Solo practitioner.

1982 to 2008 - Kern County Deputy Public Defender.

Criminal defense cases completed include :

  1. 284 felony jury trials, including

  2. 51 homicide trials;

  3. 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 Award, Kern County Bar Association Criminal Defense Section

Certificates of Appreciation (for outstanding contributions in the field of legal education and trial advocacy), California Public Defenders Association

2004, 2006, and 2008


Kern County College of Law.

California Public Defenders Association.

California State University, Bakersfield.

Bakersfield College.

Kaplan College, Bakersfield.

Kern County Public Defenders Office.

Ventura County Public Defenders Office.

Kern County Bar Association, Criminal Law Division.

Kern County Sheriff’s Department.

Bakersfield Police Academy.

Kern County Probation Department.

Kern County Criminal Justice Academy.

California Grand Jurors’ Association 2008 Annual Conference Panel: “Civic Leadership: Working with the Grand Jury”

Please click here for list of Selected Lectures

In Media:

Most Recent

Bakersfield Californian

KMJ 580AM Ray Appleton Show podcast of 6.6.17 - Prop 66 Death Penalty Debate (segment starts at 22 mins)

KGET Channel 17

KSBW Action News 8 (Monterey, CA)

Monterey County Weekly

Monterey County Herald

Salinas Californian

San Jose Mercury News

Carmel Pine Cone

Daily Motion


KNZR 1560AM “Ralph Bailey Show

KernTalk 1180AM “In Chambers”

KMJ 580AM/105.9FM “Chris Daniel Show”

Los Angeles Daily Journal

Commentary magazine

San Joaquin Community Hospital community service message:

  1.        YouTube

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Legal Information Institute



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.

You need a lawyer who is passionately committed to your defense.  When you hire Michael Lukehart, you hire a fearless warrior who is passionately committed to you and your case. 

Why not HIRE the Best Criminal

Defense Lawyer in Bakersfield?

Fees depend upon the complexity of your particular case.


Last updated on January 12, 2020


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