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Joel Edward Lueck

Criminal defense Attorney at Bakersfield, CA

5.0   17 reviews

About Joel

Learn Joel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Over the past decade, Joel Lueck has established himself as one of the premier criminal defense attorneys in Kern County. He has handled each case with the utmost dedication and in doing so has earned an unparalleled level of respect from his clients, other members of the criminal defense bar, prosecutors and judges.

    22 years, 8,000 cases

  2. Violent crime

    22 years, 3,000 cases

  3. DUI and DWI

    22 years, 500 cases

  4. Domestic violence

    22 years, 1,000 cases

Over the past decade, Criminal Defense Attorney Joel Lueck has handled thousands of criminal cases in the Kern County Superior Court. From simple misdemeanors to the most serious and complex felonies, Mr. Lueck’s level of dedication to his clients and their cases has earned him an unparalleled level of respect amongst fellow criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges.


A deep understanding of California criminal law and procedure, coupled with the ability to accurately evaluate individual cases at the earliest stage is what sets Mr. Lueck apart, often resulting in entire cases or the most serious charges being dismissed. Mr. Lueck takes great pride in his knowledge of each case and represents his clients in a manner that always strives to attain the best outcome, as quickly as possible.


A native of Bakersfield (West High School – 1992, CSU Bakersfield – 1996), Mr. Lueck returned home to practice law after graduating from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1999. He began his legal career as an Associate with the local law firm of Clifford & Brown, but quickly transitioned into his criminal defense practice by taking a job with the Kern County Public Defender’s Office in 2001. In more than ten years as a Deputy Public Defender, Mr. Lueck tried more than twenty cases to verdict and conducted in excess of two thousand preliminary hearings. His constant presence in the courtroom, along with the manner in which he presents his cases, has resulted in his recognition as one of the most respected members of the criminal defense bar in Kern County.


On a personal level, Mr. Lueck is happily married to his wife of more than seventeen years. Together they are members of Laurelglen Bible Church and enjoy spending time with their two children, traveling, and remaining active in various athletic activities such as swimming and cycling. In his spare time, Mr. Lueck dabbles in photography, loves to barbeque, and tries to keep current with his favorite soccer teams (LA Galaxy and Everton).


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Licensed for 23 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2015
Updated 06/08/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 09/10/2022

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

Contact Joel

Law Office of Joel E. Lueck
1522 18th Street
Suite 211
Bakersfield, CA, 93301


5.0 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Posted by Rachel Garner | June 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I had eviction removed from my credit report, and I still can’t believe PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST raise my credit score to 809 Golden score within few days. He also helps me apply for ppp loan with the sum of $40k which reflect in my bank account with a low interest rate. I saw a lot of good comments about his good works and He would respond swiftly. Hire him: [email protected] OR call +1 (585) 466 4373.
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Posted by George | December 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A good lawyer for a reasonable price
Thank you! Will definitely recommend you to my friends and co-workers who would need legal representation in Bakersfield area.
Posted by Melissa | May 2, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent advice from a very knowledgeable attorney!
Although he doesn't work on cases like my husband's, attorney Lueck took the time to answer our questions and provided us with some excellent information. He is very easy to talk with and treated me with a high level of respect. By the end of the conversation, attorney Lueck gave us a very good recommendation for an attorney who does handle cases like my husband's.
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Posted by Ryan | April 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
I used Mr. Lueck for a traffic ticket and am very pleased with how fast he got entered on my case and got it disposed of.
Posted by Dylan | December 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
Joel helped me expunge a misdeanor I was convicted of many years ago. He worked diligently on my case and has helped me tremendously! He is also very personable and easy to talk to. I am glad I hired him and I would recomend him to anyone needing the legal service he can provide for you.
Posted by Evangelina | February 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Guardian angel
Great Attorney! He is truly a God send. Mr. Lueck handled my husbands case ethically and professionally. For those of you who are skeptical, fearful or confused about hiring an Attorney, STOP! Your search is over. Mr Lueck is the answer to your dilemma.
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2015
Excellent lawyer
When I received my speeding ticket [101 in a 65] in May 2015, I was very distraught. I searched and searched different lawyers that service Kern county. Most of the other lawyers I have found were charging me a ridiculous amount for something that is not a guaranteed which is a dismissal case. I found Mr. Lueck online and I contacted him. He didn't seem like he was rushed or anything. He answered my questions thoroughly. He went straight to the point. After I paid the fee,I was expecting for him to reduce the charge to just the fined which would be a lot of money but at least I wouldn't have any points on my license. After the trial was over he emailed me and told me my case was dismiss. This by far the best lawyer I have ever encounter reckon it is my first one.
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Posted by Matthew | April 8, 2015
The best in town hands down.
Joel was always there when I needed him and showed compassion for my situation. He is persistent in helping his clients and giving the knowledge needed for any circumstance. I would recommend Joel to anyone simply due to his personal character and his work ethic. He really is the best.
Posted by Javirt | January 27, 2015
Excellent service
I am a commercial driver and Mr. Lueck helped me with my speeding ticket. After he got my ticket dismissed a year later I had a question regarding my citation. Mr. Lueck was really helpful and polite with me like the first time I went in to talk to him. If you are looking for a great attorney that gets the job done and is an excellent person Mr. Lueck is the right guy.
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Posted by Rosie R1234 | April 14, 2014
4 points in 1 ticket, about to lose my license!
Joel Lueck is extremely professional and upfront. I highly recommend Joel, he is an excellent lawyer that keeps open communication. He always responded to my emails or text messages in an efficient matter. When I called Joel he was straight forward with me and did not make any promises about winning my case, however he said that he was going to try his best at pleading on my behalf. I was scared because I was charged with three traffic violations: Exceeding 101 MPH, unsafe lane change and following to close. Which meant the suspension of my license for six months according to the website of the DMV. If I plead guilty to all charges the judge told me that I was going to obtain four points in my driving record; the judge also stated that the first violation was going to remain on my record for ten years if found guilty. ( speeding over 100 MPH). So I felt the necessity to hired him via phone because my court was at Kern County Superior Court in the city of Shafter and I live in Oceanside. I wanted to avoid driving three hours away from my location. After court, Joel gave me the news of my life. He said that the only charge I was convicted of was speeding in excess of 70mph(one point). All the other charges were dismissed. For such a strong case I believe that his fees are very reasonable.
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Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2014
Results Achieved
My wife and I were referred to Joel Lueck through a well respected local attorney friend of ours who does not do criminal law. Joel was up against a district attorney that was demanding a guilty plea in exchange for a plea deal. Joel worked hard for several months gathering information. He would present his investigative discovery to what ever new district attorney showed up at each court hearing and argue for a dismissal. Joel kept us current on the situation and provided support so we could make well informed decisions. Joel represented us at all court hearings so we never actually appeared in court. He never stopped fighting for us. The end result was a complete dismissal by the DA. We recommend Joel Lueck as a hard working ethical attorney who will get results.
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Posted by sarbjit singh | February 11, 2014
best attorney
Mr Lueck is very professional and the one who knows how to get the desired results. Most of all very humble and away from phony promises. Lucky I am i hired him for my recent traffic ticket and got the ticket dismissed.
Posted by Doug | January 23, 2014
A privilege to work with Joel Lueck
Mr. Lueck is an outstanding attorney. The day after I hired him, my charges were dropped. Joel knows the Bakersfield area legal system and this experience is an invaluable quality when looking for a lawyer. He even negotiated on price with me after hearing my case. He is very personable, professional, and gets results. Thank you.
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Posted by Scott | December 4, 2013
Easy to work with, Case dismissed.
Joel was very easy to talk to. He gave me my options straight up, where some other lawyers were beating around the bush as to what they would do if I hired them. Although my case was dismissed due to an officer no show, I would absolutely use him again if needed.
Posted by Wei | January 31, 2013
Definitely trustworthy
I was cited 100 mph on my ticket, and Joel took care of it and reduced the impact to a minimum level. No particular speed reported and 1 point violation.
Posted by Briana | December 6, 2012
The Absolute Best!
Mr Lueck was amazing . I was worried my fiance would lose his job in the oilfields after a felony DUI with great bodily injury with enhancement, we turned to Joel Lueck. He was looking at a 3 year MINIMUM prison sentence. Joel was so understanding and nit only took care of the court stuff and my fiance but made me feel secure an at ease. The turnout at court was amazing. Mr. Lueck got the felony dui down to a misdemeanor 1st time offense and both the bodily injury and inhancement dropped. My fiance did the 2 days in jail (which was the night he got arrested for the incident) so did not have to serve any more time, 3 years court probation, fines, and dui classes. I am absolutely thankful No prison or jail time will be served and he can keep his job. I don't know what I would Do if I had to support my household on my own. Thanks Joel Lueck. GOD BLESS YOU
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2012
Excellent criminal attorney
Mr. Lueck represented me in a criminal case and I was extremely satisfied with his legal knowledge and professionalism. His fees were very reasonable and he provided an extremely personal interest in my case. This is a man who cares deeply for his clients. I recommend him to all of my peers and will use him for any future legal needs.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Joel E. Lueck
  • 2011 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Kern County Public Defender's Office
  • 2001 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Clifford & Brown
  • 1999 - 2000


  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • People v. Straub
  • Case Dismissed
  • People v. Hurtado
  • Case Dismissed
  • People v. Younan
  • Case Dismissed
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  • Kern County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • member
  • 2001 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Mock Trial Coach Service Award
  • West High School (Bakersfield, CA)
  • 2012
  • 10 Year Service Award
  • Kern County Public Defender's Office
  • 2011


  • Southern Illinois University Law Journal
  • Survey of Illinois Law: Mandatory Arbitration
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Kern County Public Defender's MCLE Seminar
  • Representing Gang Clients at the Preliminary Hearing Stage
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joel Lueck is an incredibly talented attorney. He has a brilliant legal mind matched only by his amazing caring heart for the people he represents."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joel is unquestionably one of the most experienced, knowledgeable, and effective attorneys in Kern County. He has handled thousands of cases of all sorts and he is the kind of attorney that other attorneys look to when they need help."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joel. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joel is an exceptional criminal defense attorney. He is very well regarded by defense attorneys and prosecutors alike, and gets the very best results for his clients. I spent several years as a prosecutor and had many cases with Joel as the defense attorney. He was always able to make me, as a prosecutor, see his client's side. Because of his professionalism, I was always willing to work with him to find a good solution."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joel is a great guy, very easy to talk to and does a great job on serious felony cases. I have referred several clients to Joel and have always received great responses from those people I sent to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joel is a dedicated attorney who is very skilled in his work. I would not hesitate to recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've have known and admired Mr. Lueck for over ten years. He is very well respected in the legal community as an honest hardworking and creative criminal defense attorney. I have witnessed Mr. Lueck win numerous cases before the Kern County Courts. Mr. Lueck is well versed in the complexities of criminal procedure, motion work and he is an excellent trial attorney. I endorse Joel for any criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Joel Lueck. Mr. Lueck is an attorney with integrity, legal smart and a reputation to giving 100% to his clients. I have worked with Mr. Lueck for over 6 years and found him to be dedicated, tenacious and zealous in handling all his cases and getting results for his clients. If you want an attorney respected by judges, colleagues and opposing counsel then you want Joel Lueck. If you want an attorney who will fight for you, work hard for you and get the right results then you want Joel Lueck."
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