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
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”
Cleared My Record
Elena Fast has been a pleasure to work with this past 11 months. She cleared my record as promised and worked diligently. She is a true professional. She put my mind at ease and said to “leave everything in my hands,” handled everything smoothly. She has… Read more “Cleared My Record”
Elena is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of criminal law. She is a tremendous listener and has the ability to break things down in a manner that is very understandable. I literally could not give a higher rating for both a lawyer and a person. Feel… Read more “The best!!!”
Incorporation with Estate Planning
I needed help setting up an LLC with a DBA and making sure that my LLC interests would transfer to my beneficiaries upon death. Elena was able to help me with it all. She was thoughful, responsive, clear, concise, and an overall pleasant person to work… Read more “Incorporation with Estate Planning”
An Attorney You Can Really Trust
Hiring Ms. Elena Fast is one of the best decisions I have made. She not only came prepared with all the background material during our initial meeting and gave her honest assessment. During the course of our interactions I have always found her to be very… Read more “An Attorney You Can Really Trust”
Going Beyond Expectations
I’m alleged with a false sexual criminal charge by my wife and took up the uphill task of finding an appropriate attorney. Spent almost two months with this exercise but was always confused who to hire or not. But now I’m feeling extremely satisfied and secure… Read more “Going Beyond Expectations”
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%.