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

Possessing stolen property: What to do if you get caught

It is against the law to possess stolen property, but not everyone knows that they are in possession of something that someone else is looking for. Unfortunately, the penalties for possessing something that has been stolen could be as serious as 15 years of probation to 15 years in prison. You could also face up to $10,000 in fines. In some significant cases, penalties may increase even further, and you could end up imprisoned for 30 years.

The catch with this charge is that the prosecution has to prove that you knew you had the stolen property and that you knew it was stolen. If you knew or should have known that the property was stolen, then you could be found guilty.

You have the right to a defense against the charges

You can defend yourself against the charges. Some common defenses that might be used include:

  • Possessing property that appears to be the stolen item but that is not
  • Mistake identity
  • Lack of knowledge about the origin of the item
  • Not having the intention to sell or resell the property
  • Showing that the “victim” made a false claim about owning the property
  • Believing that you were given permission to use the property

It’s important that you have an opportunity to defend yourself, because these kinds of cases aren’t black and white. There are often misunderstandings and miscommunications that lead to accusations of theft and wrongdoing, but you shouldn’t have to suffer as a result of those errors.

What do you need to do if you’re accused of possessing stolen property?

If you’re accused of possessing stolen property, you have the opportunity to defend yourself. You should collect your own evidence to show that you did not know about the property or had a right to use it. With the right support, you can build a strong defend to fight the charges and clear your name. Even if that isn’t possible, there may be opportunities to reduce the penalties and help you move forward.

Every case is different. Get to know your rights, so you can determine the best way to handle your case.

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