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

What does it mean to have your sentence suspended?

Sometimes, one of the best outcomes of a criminal case may be for the judge to suspend a sentence. But what exactly does that mean for the defendant? 

Typically, sentences are only suspended for relatively minor crimes, when a defendant doesn’t have a prior criminal record and/or when an option besides jail or prison may be better for the defendant and the community. 

State laws vary regarding what crimes are ineligible for suspended sentences. Sentences typically can’t be suspended for crimes that have mandatory sentences. In Colorado, for example, felony child abuse and felony sexual assault offenses are among those for which a sentence can’t be suspended.

When can a sentence be suspended?

A judge may suspend a sentence without even imposing one, although they reserve the right to impose it later if they believe it’s warranted. This if often a conditional suspension. The conditions may be things like getting substance abuse treatment or avoiding further arrests.

A judge may also impose a sentence but then suspend it. For example, a person may be sentenced to serve a year in prison but then have their sentence suspended by the judge. This means they don’t have to serve any time. A judge still has the right to reinstate the sentence they declined to execute later on.

A suspended sentence and your criminal record

It’s crucial to understand that if a judge suspends your sentence, that doesn’t erase the conviction from your criminal record. That’s why it’s important to have experienced legal guidance as you go through the judicial system from the very start in order to best protect your future interests. 

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