Attorney Elaine E Lukic

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A Former Prosecutor — Who Knows How To Win

With 20 years of experience in the criminal justice system, I know how to get positive results for clients who have been charged with a criminal offense. With insider knowledge and a drive to win, I am the attorney defendants turn to when dismissal — and freedom — is their goal.

High Rate Of Dismissals And Acquittals

Recognized by the Equal Justice Foundation for my “high rate of
acquittals and dismissals” in domestic violence cases.

Former Domestic Violence/Sex Assault Prosecutor

With a background in criminal prosecution, I have the know-how and insight
to stand-up for your constitutional rights.

Domestic Violence Defense

Falsely accused? Misunderstood? Targeted by a spiteful significant other?
I can help.

Sexual Assault Defense

I don’t judge. I provide mitigating evidence to the
court to paint a complete, accurate picture.

10 Best 2016 for Client Satisfaction: American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
Top 25 Criminal Trial Lawyers
NACDA Top Ten Ranking 2016
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers | FACDL
10 Best 2016 in Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers | PBACDL
Avvo Rating 10.0: Superb | Top Attorney in Criminal Defense
Lead Counsel Rated | LC
Avvo Client's Choice 2015: Criminal Defense
Top 100 Trail Lawyers | The National Trial Lawyers
Avvo Rating: Superb | Top Attorney in Criminal Defense
Top 25 National Women Trial Lawyers
Lawyers of Distinction 2016 - Five stars
Rated by Super Lawyers: Elaine E Lukic | SuperLawyers.com
Lead Counsel Verified | LC
10 Best 2016 for Client Satisfaction: American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
NACDA Top Ten Ranking 2016
10 Best 2016 in Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Avvo Rating 10.0: Superb | Top Attorney in Criminal Defense
Avvo Client's Choice 2015 for Criminal Defense
Top 25 Criminal Trial Lawyers
Avvo Rating: Superb | Top Attorney in Criminal Defense
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers | FACDL
Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers | PBACDL
Lead Counsel Verified | LC
Top 100 Trial Lawyers | The National Trial Lawyers
Top 25 National Women Trial Lawyers
Lawyers of Distinction 2018 | Five stars
Rated by Super Lawyers: Elaine E Lukic | SuperLawyers.com
Lead Counsel Verified | LC
"The Highest Rate Of Acquittals and Dismissals"
— Equal Justice Foundation
"The Highest Rate Of Acquittals and Dismissals"
— Equal Justice Foundation

Can you believe an eyewitness?

| Sep 26, 2021 | criminal defense

Eyewitnesses have played a vital role in prosecuting many criminals. Yet, they have also helped condemn many innocent people to lengthy sentences.

You are right to be concerned if the prosecution tells you they intend to call on an eyewitness. Yet, you should not give up hope. Thanks to considerable research, most judges are now aware that an eyewitness is not always reliable.

Eyewitness confidence does not correlate with accuracy

If an eyewitness gets it wrong, it is usually unintentional. They honestly believe that what they are saying is true. Most people do not realize that memory can change

Our memories are a set of stories, and like any story, they can vary with retelling. If we tell ourselves a specific story often enough, we may come to believe it is true. 

Therefore, when an eyewitness says they remember something, they are correct. That is indeed the memory they have. Yet, they might be remembering something that never occurred other than in their head.

People do not always see as well as they think

An eyewitness may say, “I saw it with my own eyes.” Yet, think about all the other things people have seen with their eyes. Illusionists such as Penn and Teller make a living by convincing people that they have seen something that never actually happened. Pickpockets make a living, ensuring people do not see things happening right under their noses.

There are many ways to challenge an eyewitness. For example, was the lighting good? How near were they? Did they have a clear line of sight, and were they wearing their glasses at the time? Understanding more about how to cast doubt on eyewitness reliability could be crucial to defending against criminal charges.

 

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