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Karen Elizabeth Lockhart

Criminal defense Attorney at Murrieta, CA

5.0   14 reviews

Licensed for 29 years

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About Karen

Learn Karen’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    I have one the most recognized names in the criminal justice system and have successfully defended individuals charged with crimes, from simple trespass to murder, since 1993. If you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with committing a crime, you need an experienced attorney on your team . Navigating your case through the criminal justice system alone can be like walking though a mine field without a map. Call Murrieta - Temecula defense attorney Karen E. Lockhart, at 951-698-9151

    29 years, 2,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    10%

  3. Domestic violence
    10%

  4. Expungement
    10%

  5. Juvenile law
    10%

  6. Sex crime
    10%

  7. Violent crime
    10%

  8. White collar crime
    10%

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

Client's Choice 2014
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Licensed for 29 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 08/08/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Karen E. Lockhart, PLC
38975 Sky Canyon Drive, Suite 201
Murrieta, CA, 92563

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Client's Choice 2014
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Karen received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2014
Posted by Lynn | March 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced Professional!!!
I did the phone calls and consults for you. Hire Karen she is the best in the business. We had no idea where to start when our son got into serious trouble. I made several calls and did several consults. I found AVVO, read her reviews and called Karen's office. She was in court that day but called me from her car as soon as she was free. She did not sugar coat the fact that this was a serious case and never gave us false hope. We met with her the next day and immediately knew we were in good hands. It was clear she is passionate about what she does and loves her job. Karen did not waste a minute getting to work on our case. She always returned my calls, emails and answered any questions we had. She is the perfect combination of tough and caring a seasoned professional. Just let her do her job and don't question her strategy. She has years of experience and is highly respected by her peers. She got my son a deal that is unheard of. We love her!!! We will be forever grateful to Karen. She was a true blessing.
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Posted by Kelly C. | April 4, 2015
The BEST by far!!!!!
I have had need of legal representation on several occasions, throughout the past 20 years. I absolutely adore and cherish Karen for her ability, professionalism and unparalleled counsel!! She is by far the best attorney I have seen during my multiple trips to the courtroom. If you need help....do yourself a favor and hire her.
Posted by Paul | October 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Honest, Hard Working Defense Attorney
Karen was honest, up front, and sincere during one of the most difficult times in my life. She fought hard for me and actually cared about me and the outcome. I cannot say enough good things about her except, if you need an attorney that will fight for you, Karen Lockhart is the best!
Posted by Ron | March 20, 2015
The Real Deal
Unfortunately I had to have legal representation, The good news is I hired Karen. Extremely knowledgeable and kept me informed from start to finish. Her prices are extremely reasonable and she attacked my case with her whole heart. She truly gave more than 100% on my case. Karen made the best out of the worst situation. She was very honest and down to earth. As a military member Karen worked hard to keep my career intact. My case was very complex and Karen took the time to make sense of it all. Thank You Karen! You are the Real Deal.
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Posted by Jana | December 15, 2014
Best Lawyer!
Ms. Lockhart did an excellent job with my case. She kept me informed throughout the entire case, she fought like she was the one charged instead of me. She was honest and had integrity. I will be forever grateful to her for winning my case!
Posted by Daniel | November 13, 2014
Awesome experience during an unfortunate time!
Getting in trouble is never a very good feeling, but knowing I had an attorney as awesome as Mrs. Lockhart representing me help keep my mind at ease. Great communication and treated very well by the rest of the ladies in the office. Can not thank you guys enough for your help! Would recommend to anyone seeking representation!
Posted by Alexander | September 16, 2014
Night Club Fight
I was arrested outside a nightclub in Riverside, Ca for getting into an altercation with a couple of drunks. Even though there were plenty of witnesses outside the club that gave statements to the police that I was only defending myself, I was still arrested and had to arrange bail. I was charged with criminal felony assault. She was recommended to me by a friend who used her services. I thought that she was very direct and pro defense, she told me that I had a great case but was honest about the possibilities of the outcome. She handled my case with the utmost professionalism and I never felt like she was "not with it". With the help of a great investigator Karen was amazing. The DA kept offering a deal which I wasn't interested in and neither was she. We went half way through the trial when the judge granted her motion to dismiss due to lack of evidence. The investigator found several witnesses on my behalf and thank God the judge ruled in my favor. I would highly recommend her. Personally I hope I never have to see her again professionally. She was amazing. Thank you again Karen, Alexander D.
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Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2014
Excellent service!!
Karen handled my bankruptcy case quickly, efficiently, and very discretely. She answered all my questions right away, and she made me feel so much better about my future. Karen is very knowledgeable and makes you feel very comfortable. Karen Lockhart is top notch!
Posted by Kathy | September 14, 2014
Awesome Attorney
Karen Lockhart is a professional attorney who fights for her clients. Her skills as a trial lawyer are beyond reproach. Karen is such a great attorney that I would not hesitate to refer her to a family member or friend. I have been fortunate enough to work with her on several cases and and always amazed at her dedication and skills!
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2014
I would highly recommend Ms. Lockhart!
I was very nervous hiring an attorney. I have never been in trouble before and I suddenly found myself charged with two felony offenses. I talked to a lot of attorneys before settling on Ms. Lockhart. She always returned my calls. She kept me informed of the progress of my case, took the time to explain the technicalities that I didn't understand, and ultimately got the charges reduced to a single misdemeanor charge.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2012
I would highly recommend Karen Lockhart
Ms. Lockhart did and an outstanding job for my friend. Not only legally but I witnessed her compassion and concern for his well being. He is truly sorry and I know how deeply this has affected him. I am thankful for her integrity and care for my friend’s best interest.
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2009
Highly recommend Karen Lockhart
Karen is the most honest and capable lawyer I've ever worked with. She had thorough knowledge of all facets of the law surrounding my case. I was always very confident in her ability to defend my case. She was able to dismiss / throw out much of the evidence that was being used against me. I truly had confidence that thanks to her work I had a really good shot at beating the case. However, in the end we decided to go for a plea deal. Originally facing a sentence of nine years, Karen was able to work a plea deal and get it reduced down to 16 months. Her price was reasonable and she never misrepresented the true circumstances of the case. She was always honest in providing likely scenarios given the situation we were in. She even went above and beyond her duties by helping me petition for a Certificate of Rehabilitation. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2009
Awesome Attorney!
Karen Lockhart represented my son who was facing life in prison. He was found not guilty at a jury trial and came home!
Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2009
Karen Lockhart hard working and straight talking
My son got into some trouble and I researched 10 criminal lawyers and interviewed 6. After talking to Karen we decided she was the most experienced, kmowledgable and caring of the group. She helped put a plan together, guided us through the process and delivered on everything she said. In addition she knew many of the DA's finding the one in charge of my son's case. In the end she was able to get his case moved from 3 felony charges to 1 infraction. If you are looking for a good Christian lawyer that will work hard and give you straight talk Karen Lockhart is the one.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lead Counsel
  • Karen E. Lockhart, Attorney at Law
  • 1993 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • Public Law Center
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Volunteer Arbitrator
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Law Clerk
  • Landgren & Belz
  • 1988 - 1992
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Education

  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Western State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992
  • IVC
  • 1988
  • Davis Senior High
  • High School Diploma
  • 1976
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Legal Cases

  • People v. Aguirre (murder)
  • Acquittal by the court at the close of the prosecution evidence, on motion by the defense.
  • People v Stephens
  • Not guilty of murder

Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1993 - Present
  • United States District Court Central District California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1993 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Attorney Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • CLE Speaker
  • 2011 - 2012
  • SWRCBA
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Riverside County Bar Assocoation
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - 2011
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Attorney Member
  • 2000 - 2010
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2000 - 2011
  • Public Law Center
  • Volunteer Attorney - OC
  • 1996 - 1999
  • South Orange County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1995 - 2000
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Arbitrator
  • 1993 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 10.0 rating
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Featured Attorney
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2007
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Publications

  • MCLE - Continuing Education (RCBA)
  • Criminal Defense Boot Camp
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Law Boot Camp
  • Criminal Law
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (14)
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Lockhart is a diligent, hard-working attorney and is very well-respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Karen for many years as a fellow criminal defense lawyer. She and I are always the first lawyers in the courtroom. She works hard for her clients, and is always on their side. She is smart and tough, and won't give up. I unequivocally endorse her for her skills as a criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is a fixture in the community of Riverside defense attorneys. She is honest, cares about her clients and will not hesitate to fight the government on their behalf. I'm glad to know Karen and proud to endorse her work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is a very hard working, knowledgable and tough defense attorney that will always do her best for a client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Lockhart is very experienced and knowledgeable. I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is without hesitation that I endorse Karen Lockhart. I have known Ms. Lockhart for over 10 years as both a professional colleague and friend, and her work ethic is unmatched. She has excelled in the criminal defense arena as a litigator and is displaying the range of her abilities in her exceptional work in the bankruptcy field. I have only heard positive feedback of her from all of her clients, and I take great pride in endorsing Ms. Lockhart."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Karen in Court on many occasions and she has always zealously advocated for her clients. She is in informed, experienced, and well respected attorney, who still believes in fighting for her clients!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen Lockhart has the experience and ability to effectively represent her clients in bankruptcy proceedings. Karen's professional background makes her uniquely well-qualified and knowledgeable regarding the legal hurdles clients must overcome to achieve successful outcomes and navigate the legal process. I endorse Karen Lockhart."
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Murrieta Criminal defense Lawyer Karen Elizabeth Lockhart
Karen Elizabeth Lockhart
Criminal defense Attorney
Murrieta, CA
Licensed for 29 years
Free Consultation