* * * EXCELLENCE IN CRIMINAL DEFENSE * * *
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:
282 felony jury trials, including
50 homicide trials;
31 special circumstance cases.
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 2004, 2006, and 2008
Certificates of Appreciation (for outstanding contributions in the field of legal education and trial advocacy), California Public Defenders Association
California Public Defenders Association.
California State University, Bakersfield.
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 Juror's Association 2008 Annual Conference Panel: Civic Leadership: Working with the Grand Jury.