On November 14, 2023, the Supreme Court of Oklahoma suspended attorney James Harry Lockard for six months due to his no-contest plea on two misdemeanor counts: Domestic Assault and Battery and Public Intoxication in Cleveland County, Oklahoma District Court.
The case is entitled “State of Oklahoma Bar Association v. James Harry Lockard” with case number SCBD 7505.
Lockard entered the plea on March 31, 2023. The court’s order of Interim Suspension under Rule 7 of the Rules Governing Disciplinary Proceedings was issued on August 1, 2023. The recent ruling concludes the disciplinary proceedings and imposes a final order of discipline, effective from the date of the interim suspension.
The charges against Lockard arose from an incident on January 23, 2023, when he was arrested and charged with felony Domestic Assault and Battery, and two misdemeanors – Public Intoxication and Domestic Assault and Battery in the Presence of a Minor Child. Lockard’s wife reported to the police that he had assaulted her and their 16-year-old daughter while intoxicated. Lockard later entered a no-contest plea to reduced charges of misdemeanor Domestic Assault and Battery and Public Intoxication.
The court considered mitigating factors, including Lockard’s acknowledgment of long-term alcohol addiction, completion of inpatient and outpatient treatment, and character references expressing shock at his inebriation. Despite acknowledging Lockard’s progress toward sobriety, the court imposed a six-month suspension, emphasizing the need for comprehensive recovery and accountability.
According to Avvo, Mr. Lockhard is an attorney in Norman, Oklahoma. He obtained his law license in Oklahoma in 1998.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.