Our Philosophy: Your Case is the Most Important Case to Us.
Dealing with a criminal case is stressful enough. Having to chase your criminal defense attorney for case updates shouldn’t be adding to your stress. While I can’t guarantee exactly how your case will resolve itself, I promise you dedication, transparency and relentlessness in getting the best possible outcome.
I have spent my entire career in criminal law. First, as a prosecutor with Kings County District Attorney’s Office and then as a partner at a white-collar federal defense firm. I’ve tried cases ranging from simple drug possessions to death-penalty eligible homicides.
Your case is the most important case to you. Therefore, it is the most important case to me. I intentionally take on a limited number of cases in order to provide each client with unparalleled service and personalized attention.
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What Our Clients Say
Super knowledgeable and thorough in her case assessment
I’ve consulted with Elena on a matter that worried me for a while. She was extremely respectful, listened very attentively, and answered all of my questions. I would never hesitate to hire her as my attorney
Ms. Elena Fast is the one!
If it were up to me to give her stars…It would be more than 5 stars and will recommend her to anyone. I don’t know what else to say but check the reviews below me and they are already mentioned everything and its all facts. She’s… Read more “Ms. Elena Fast is the one!”
Exceptional Patience and Results
I’m deeply indebted to Elena and the rest of her team for her expertise, patience, and incredible results. Having worked with her for over two years, Elena fought relentlessly for a reduced charge from our initial meetings onward and was promptly available for any of my… Read more “Exceptional Patience and Results”
Kind, Compassionate, Dedicated, Trustworthy — Everything You Could Want in an Attorney and So Much More
When I met Elena, I was a grown man in tears. I was being accused of something and had no means of processing what was happening to me. I called her office just looking for someone — anyone — to represent me. Little did I know… Read more “Kind, Compassionate, Dedicated, Trustworthy — Everything You Could Want in an Attorney and So Much More”
Blessing to Us All
Elena has been with me the day I found out I was under arrest, every day in between, and is STILL here for me at the end of it all. She is the kindest, most personable, and thoughtful lawyer. I met her for the first time… Read more “Blessing to Us All”
The Elle Woods of Madison Avenue
In the world of stuffy lawyers, there’s Elena Fast; smart, funny, and experienced. She guided me through my case with seamless ease and was there for me every step of the way. I cannot recommend Elena enough!
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I talk to the police before I consult an attorney?
Absolutely not, even if you believe you are innocent and have nothing to hide. Consult an experienced criminal defense attorney before speaking to the police. Going in to meet with the detective or a federal agent without an attorney can only put you in a worse situation. In conclusion, don't do it! Call us first.
Can I find out if I'm under investigation by law enforcement?
Maybe. While there is no database that allows for a search of all open investigations, there are ways we can try to figure it out. First, we will discuss your concerns regarding criminal exposure. Second, we will figure out which agency may be investigating your matter. Third, we may make some calls to see if we can locate the assigned investigator or case agent.
How much does it cost to hire a criminal defense lawyer?
It varies. The fee for each case depends on amount of work required and the complexity of the work. A desk-appearance ticket for trespassing will have a very different fee than a federal racketeering indictment. To discuss your case, please give us a call. We offer flexible payment options.
What can I do to help my lawyer defend my case?
You need to be honest with your attorney about the specifics of your case, even if certain parts may be embarrassing or incriminating. As your attorneys, we are the keepers of your secrets and the guardians of your rights. It is important that we know absolutely everything, no matter how bad it is, in order to defend you successfully.
Should I accept a plea deal or go to trial?
It depends on the facts of the case and the evidence against you. The decision whether to accept a plea deal is yours and yours alone. Prior to making that decision, we will go through all the discovery and discuss the strengths of and the weaknesses of the prosecutor's case. Although approximately 97% of cases are resolved through a plea bargain, we prepare each case litigation from the very beginning. In the event your case falls into the other 3%.