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The Fast Law Firm

Federal Criminal Defense

Finding the right federal criminal defense lawyer is probably the single most important thing you can do for your case. Federal criminal defense is very different from state criminal defense practice.

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Federal Jurisdiction Over Criminal Matters

Most criminal cases are prosecuted on a state level. The federal government has jurisdiction over these types of criminal cases:

  • Crime that takes place on federal property or involves federal agents or officers. For example, murder of a federal agent or a DWI in Yellowstone National Park would be federal offenses.
  • Crime that crosses state lines. For example, stealing an identity of an individual in Montana and making purchases using that person’s identity in New York City.
  • Crime where defendant crosses state lines. For example, human trafficking or kidnapping of people from Arizona and transportation of the victims to California
  • Violations of immigration or customs laws. For example, smuggling extinct animals into the United States in violation of the Lacey Act or entering the United States under a false identity.

Frequently Prosecuted Federal Crimes

Most federal charges are codified in Title 18 and Title 26 of the United States Code. Some of the frequently prosecuted federal charges are:

  • Mail Fraud
  • Wire Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Computer Hacking
  • Counterfeiting
  • Federal Drug Charges
  • Continuing Criminal Enterprise
  • RICO
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Computer Hacking
  • Counterfeiting
  • Federal Drug Charges
  • Continuing Criminal Enterprise
  • RICO

Federal Investigations

Federal law enforcement agencies conduct investigations into violations of federal criminal law by collecting evidence and providing it to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for their district. In some circumstances, agents from multiple federal agencies may be involved in the same investigation because there are overlapping crimes being investigated.

During the course of the investigation, federal law enforcement agents usually:

  • Interview witnesse
  • Gather evidence;
  • Execute search warrants;
  • Monitoring the suspect’s online activity;
  • Debrief cooperators;
  • Serve subpoenas to obtain documents such as bank records or tax records;
  • Listen to wiretaps of the suspect’s phone;
  • Conduct physical surveillance of a suspect or a location over the course of weeks, or even months.

Elena Fast

Elena attended the night division of New York Law School and participated in Moot Court. During law school, Elena worked as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration.

During her tenure with the Department of Labor, Elena investigated fraud, theft, and mismanagement of employer-sponsored healthcare and pension plans. Prior to law school, Elena worked in financial roles at Vicis Capital UK and State Street Global Advisors.

While at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Elena has presented over 200 cases to the Grand Jury for murder, assault, kidnapping, home invasion, pattern robberies and burglaries, grand larceny, narcotics and firearm possession.

Elena frequently worked with the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on long-term investigations involving identity theft, schemes to defraud, bank fraud, insurance fraud and possession of forged instruments and forgery devices.

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What Our Clients Are Saying...

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Mrs Fast is one of the most professional lawyers that I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with! I never thought I would say that about a Lawyer but this one is honest and knows every detail of the Law!!




In my opinion, Elaina is an impeccable attorney. During a very stressful time, she was able to have my bond reduced. Elaina was punctual throughout my entire court process, and consistently gave me accurate information to help me feel confident about winning my case. I highly recommend, for her level of expertise


Professional, Competent and always ready to help.


I am very pleased with the communication with Elena. She is very competent and tries to delve into the case and gives the most necessary recommendations for further actions. I definitely recommend her.

Mitya Pisliak

Highly Recommend - Knowledgeable, Honest, Timely


I retained Ms. Fast law firm remotely/from Florida in reference to a NY matter. Not only was she able to help me resolve the matter, but she went above and beyond to ensure I was prepared should another issue arise. She was personable and not robotic while staying professional the entire time. She was also available to answer any questions I had through the process.

I highly recommend her and her firm.

Thank you Ms. Fast.


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 attorney.


A 4 minute phone call turned into a lifetime of relief!


Elena answered the phone right away when I called in despair for legal advice, she was respectful and kind right off the bat which made me so comfortable. She answered all of my questions with zero judgement and complete respect and thoroughness. I can’t even imagine how she would rile up a courtroom, while doing it with grace. Elena you put my mind at total ease and I can’t thank you enough!!! I will keep you in mind if needed!


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