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
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

What you risk when you plead guilty to theft charges

Whether you got stopped by a loss prevention professional when attempting to leave a store or your employer accuses you of pilfering business supplies, your first instinct might be to plead guilty because you don’t want to go to court. People worry about how the media might pay attention to a trial and may think that they face worse penalties if they try to fight criminal charges instead of pleading guilty. 

Some people plead guilty in the hopes of minimizing the impact of pending criminal charges. There is some faulty logic at play in such decisions, as pleading guilty will leave you at the mercy of the courts and result in a criminal record. 

You could face jail time and fines, possibly felony charges

The penalties you face and the charges the state brings against you depend on the circumstances that led to your charges. The total value of the items involved in the situation will determine the charges someone faces and the possible penalties. 

If the combined value of the items allegedly stolen is less than $2,000, the defendant will usually face misdemeanor charges. It is only after the value exceeds that $2,000 threshold that the offense becomes a felony. It is worth noting that if the victim of a theft offense is a vulnerable older adult, the state may pursue felony charges even if the amount of the items involved fall far under the $2,000 threshold. 

If you plead guilty, there is no guarantee that a judge will sentence you to probation instead of jail time. They will typically have the discretion to sentence you as they see fit, depending on their opinion of the situation. Developing a defense strategy to theft charges can help you avoid a conviction and the penalties that may come with it, ranging from jail time to a lifetime criminal record.

 

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