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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
Look No Further! Incredible, Attentive, and Meticulous.
I can not express the words of sheer gratitude , I have for this lawyer. I’ve an army of attorneys in minor criminal matters , business , contractual, etc. She is the best yet I have had major criminal issues in the past 10-15 years of… Read more “Look No Further! Incredible, Attentive, and Meticulous.”
Elena Fast is a Legal Powerhouse
Elena Fast, Esq. is a stellar lawyer who has not only honed an expert knowledge of the law, but will go above and beyond for her clients to carefully ensure that she is advising them in the most beneficial way possible. Referred by a mutual connection,… Read more “Elena Fast is a Legal Powerhouse”
The best lawyer I have ever worked with!
Elena is brilliant, talented, extremely professional, experienced and compassionate. She was able in a very short time to understand my situation and give me all the information and advise I needed. I felt so much released and empowered after I spoke with her. I felt I… Read more “The best lawyer I have ever worked with!”
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!
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”
Smart and Honest Lawyer
I am someone who does not have experience in this area so I am really quite nervous about potential outcomes. At this stage I have only consulted her but I found her to be extremely open and honest about my situation. She answered every question I… Read more “Smart and Honest Lawyer”
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%.