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Karen Elizabeth Lockhart

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Because You Deserve The Best


Murrieta - Temecula criminal defense attorney Karen E. Lockhart has one of the most widely recognized names in the Riverside County criminal justice system. Since 1993 she has devoted her practice to Criminal Law and has successfully represented OVER 1000 CRIMINAL CASES. She is dedicated to the representation of individuals who have been arrested and charged with committing criminal offenses, or have had their childen taken away due to a criminal charge, an arrest, or alleged abuse. Her success rate in defending criminal cases is among the highest in the state, from simple trespass to first degree murder.

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, or your children have been taken away, the prosecutor in your case will be and experienced attorney, why shouldn't you have one? You need a criminal defense attorney with a proven track record who will FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS and do everything possible to WIN YOUR CASE.


Murrieta - Temecula criminal defense attorney Karen E. Lockhart is an aggressive, experienced criminal defense and juvenile dependency attorney. Hiring the best is more affordable than you think. Consultations are always free


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    22 years, 2.5 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • James Robert Fox

    Karen is the consumate professional. She has superb negotiation skills with the correct balance of sweetness to get the a client the best deal possible but also has the ability to sting when the other side is being unreasonable. Her legal knowledge is second to none and her reputation as a tough trial lawyer is well deserved. Her committment to her clients is at the highlest level, she leaves no stone unturned and her attention to detail is something every trial lawyer strives to match. I offer my highest endorsement for Ms. Lockhart, you will not find a finer advocate anywhere.


    James Fox Child Custody Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Karen E. Lockhart, PLC

38975 Sky Canyon Drive, Suite 211
Murrieta, CA, 92563


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10.0 ratingAVVO2014
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2013
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2012
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2011
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2010
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2009
Featured AttorneyCalifornia Super Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lead CounselKaren E. Lockhart, Attorney at Law1993 - Present
Judge Pro TemRiverside County Superior Court2008 - 2009
Pro Bono AttorneyPublic Law Center1995 - 1997
Volunteer ArbitratorBetter Business Bureau1993 - 1995
Law ClerkLandgren & Belz1988 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaCLE Speaker2011 - 2012
National Association of Bankruptcy AttorneysAttorney Member2010 - 2011
SWRCBAAttorney Member2010 - 2013
Riverside County Bar AssocoationAttorney Member2007 - 2011
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeAttorney Member2000 - 2010
California Public Defenders AssociationAttorney Member2000 - 2011
Public Law CenterVolunteer Attorney - OC1996 - 1999
South Orange County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1995 - 2000
Better Business BureauArbitrator1993 - 1995
United States District Court Central District CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice1993 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAttorney Member1993 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice1993 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Aguirre (murder)Acquittal by the court at the close of the prosecution evidence, on motion by the defense.
People v StephensNot guilty of murder
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Publication nameTitleDate
MCLE - Continuing Education (RCBA)Criminal Defense Boot Camp2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Western State UniversityLawBS - Bachelor of Science1992
IVCBusiness AdministrationN/A1988
Davis Senior HighN/AHigh School Diploma1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Law Boot CampCriminal Law2012