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
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 out of five stars
Rated by Super Lawyers: Elaine E Lukic | SuperLawyers.com
Lead Counsel Verified
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
Top 100 Trial Lawyers | The National Trial Lawyers
Top 25 National Women Trial Lawyers
Lawyers of Distinction 2018 | five out of five stars
Rated by Super Lawyers: Elaine E Lukic | SuperLawyers.com
Lead Counsel Verified
"The Highest Rate Of Acquittals and Dismissals"
— Equal Justice Foundation
"The Highest Rate Of Acquittals and Dismissals"
— Equal Justice Foundation

Should defendants accept a plea deal for a felony offense?

The criminal justice system looks much different now than it did in past eras. Plea bargains, for example, have been around in some form since the 1600s, but they are more prevalent than ever in the 21st century.

Today, plea bargains are deemed necessary to relieve overburdened court systems in all American states. These deals arise when a prosecutor offers a defendant the chance to plead guilty to a lesser offense, which can minimize the consequences of a conviction.

The question defendants must ask themselves is whether an offered plea deal is in their best interests.

They can provide several advantages

Depending on your goals, you may find the bargain a prosecutor offers attractive. For example, if staying out of jail is your top priority, you may be tempted to accept a deal that preserves your freedom.

Other possible advantages include:

  • Reduced jail sentence (when imprisonment is unavoidable)
  • Quicker resolution than a trial
  • Privacy preservation
  • Minimal damage to your criminal record

A plea deal also removes much of the uncertainty defendants experience. They often feel much better about their circumstances after accepting the bargain.

What is the downside of plea deals?

The biggest disadvantage of a plea bargain is losing the right to defend yourself against conviction. Accepting a deal essentially closes your case. If you are innocent of the charges, you will have a black mark on your record that you do not deserve.

It is wise to consider the pros and cons of a bargain before deciding whether to accept or refuse a proposed deal. We also urge you to learn more about your criminal defense options to remain well-informed through every step of your situation.

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