Attorney Elaine E Lukic

Freedom
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

Is emotional abuse considered domestic violence in Colorado?

Those closest to us tend to be the ones who can inflict the greatest amount of harm. This is the case for laws relating to domestic abuse in the state of Colorado. What is domestic violence? More specifically, what is emotional abuse and is it penalized like domestic violence?

Yes, emotional abuse is a form of domestic abuse. As such, perpetrators of emotional abuse may be fined or even jailed for their crimes.

Domestic violence

Colorado statute defines domestic violence to be any crime against a person “when used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge,” against someone with whom the person has an “intimate relationship.” According to this law, domestic violence is not limited to acts that leave bruises or scars but can be acts that inflict emotional or psychological damage.

Domestic violence can have severe repercussions for the victim. Emotional abuse, as a subset of domestic violence, can cause problems with anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions. The victim of emotional abuse is manipulated through criticism, shame, embarrassment, and other methods by a close or significant other. The long-term effects of emotional abuse may leave the victim self-critical as they find themselves starting to agree with their abuser.

What is an intimate relationship?

Someone who is emotionally abused typically ends up feeling too exhausted to remain in the relationship but too frightened to leave. Domestic violence is not limited to close family connections such as a spouse, but it can include any combination of relationship status, current spouse, former spouse, potential spouse, co-parent, etc. As such, it is important to understand that a couple does not need to be married to be protected by domestic abuse statutes, but only needs to fulfill the state’s description of “intimate relationship.”

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