“Not just the criminal defense lawyer of the year, lawyer of my life”

– Former Client

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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.

Elena Fast

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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.”

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… Read more “Super knowledgeable and thorough in her case assessment”

Fantastic and Dedicated

Elena was brilliant. I found her via the internet and met her in her offices on Madison Avenue. I am an international on a working VISA who was wrongfully accused of assault. As well as giving excellent support and soothing advice through the entire process, she… Read more “Fantastic and Dedicated”

Professional, Meticulous, Caring – Excellent

Elena was professional, meticulous, someone who cares about the case, and got me the best possible outcome.  Without her expertise I don’t think it would have been possible. I highly recommend her services and glad that I retained her as my… Read more “Professional, Meticulous, Caring – Excellent”

The Defense Counsel You Need!

I spoke with many attorneys prior to Attorney Fast, but none put in the time and patience Elena displayed during our initial consultation. In the consultation I was given time to speak and explain my legal situation, without being cut off or rushed through. Only after… Read more “The Defense Counsel You Need!”

Above and Beyond

Elena is incredible. From the second I went in for my consultation, she was extremely sympathetic, understanding, and incredibly knowledgeable. I immediately felt calm and knew that I was in very capable hands. Her brilliant strategies throughout my case landed me with the absolute best possible… Read more “Above and Beyond”


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%.