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The Future of Your Child

When your child’s rights are hanging in the balance, our juvenile defense firm is prepared to fight to defend their rights.

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We Are a Top Juvenile Defense Firm

Proudly Defending Minors in the Boston Area

At Dhar Law, LLP, we understand that it can be extremely difficult to learn that your child has been arrested. Fear and uncertainty does not even begin to cover the spectrum of emotion you can feel. Though it is known that youths often act out, whether in rebellion or otherwise, getting caught up in a run in with the law due to illegal behavior can be something that could be life-changing for a child. If your child has been arrested, or if your child’s future is in danger due to a juvenile crime, you must speak with an experienced Boston defense lawyer immediately.

  • Vikas S. Dhar

    Co-Founder & Lawyer

    Vikas S. Dhar is widely recognized as a leader in the New England legal community. As an accomplished business litigator and a "Top 40 Under 40" criminal defense attorney, he has been honored as a New England Super Lawyer and Rising Star in the area of White-Collar Criminal Defense over the past six years by Boston Magazine. Along with his brother, Vilas, who is Of Counsel at Dhar Law LLP, his philosophy on socially conscious business practices and community contributions have been profiled by Forbes, the American Bar Association Journal, the Boston Globe and the Boston Business Journal.

    Regarded as powerful in the courtroom and unflappable at the negotiating table, Vikas talks fast because he thinks fast and clients rave about his calming demeanor, friendliness and never-ending energy reserves. He believes that "good things come to those who wait, go out and earn it." He brings a people-first attitude to each matter in the firm and would proud to handle your case next.

    He was recently selected by the U.S. District Court to sit on a Merit Selection Panel to recommend a new Magistrate Judge and to advise on the reappointment of a sitting Magistrate Judge. Vikas has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Organization as a Top 100 Massachusetts Defense Attorney. Additionally, in 2012 alongside a U.S. Congressman and other honorees, he was presented with the “Excellence in the Law: Up & Coming Attorney” award by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Lawyers Weekly.

We Secure Real Results

For Real People

  • Compliance, Internal Investigations & Advisory Services

    Advised a regional construction company following an investigation by the Massachusetts Executive Office for Labor and Workforce Development.

  • Immigration Matters

    Won a political asylum appeal for an Ethiopian national before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Secured the support of a former Attorney General of Ethiopia as an expert witness.

  • Licensed Professionals, University Faculty & Students

    Defense of a staff member at Tufts University School of Medicine and Cambridge Health Alliance community hospital. Favorable pre-trial disposition.

  • Controlled Substances

    Defense of a security systems analyst in a Federal narco-trafficking and conspiracy case following an inter-agency task force investigation. No committed time.

  • Criminal Defense

    Defended a Canadian airline station chief at Boston's Logan International Airport in a felony complaint. Won a jury acquittal.

  • White-Collar Criminal Defense

    Representation of an accountant for a New England facilities management company in federal grand jury proceedings following a three-year civil tax investigation by the IRS. Our client was not indicted.

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Put Your Case in Capable & Competent Hands

  • “They remind you of how getting through law proceedings can be so effortless.”

    Sumit B.

  • “I have worked with Dhar Law in various capacities and they have always far exceeded my expectations.”

    Brian M.

  • “They explained to me about the pros and cons and shared a lot of useful information in very simple terms.”

    Brinda P.

  • “Exemplary, patient, kind. This is the advocate you want in your corner. Wish I could give him 10 stars!”

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  • “It is refreshing in this day and age that you can work with professionals who truly have your best interest at heart.”

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  • Nearly Eight Decades of Combined Experience

  • Our Battle-Tested Trial Attorneys are Available 24/7

  • Highly Esteemed Attorneys Recognized Nationwide

  • Client-Focused Representation & Proven Defense Strategies

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Juvenile Criminal Penalties

Most juvenile courts have a wide range of sentencing options, which are used primarily to punish juveniles who have been found “delinquent,” or guilty of violating a criminal law. This includes things like incarceration and non-incarceration options.

  • House arrest
  • Electronic monitoring
  • Sentence in a juvenile detention facility
  • Probation or community service
  • Extensive fines
  • In some cases, sentence to adult jail

Juvenile Defense FAQs

Your Questions, Answered

  • Questions

  • My child was arrested. Will he/she be put in jail?


    Because juvenile cases are handled differently, penalties typically will not involve jail. A juvenile may be faced with more serious penalties if the case is handled in adult court.

  • What types of violations trigger a juvenile arrest?


    Each state recognizes different types of violations as a juvenile offense. These can include things like curfew, truancy, liquor-related offenses, drug-related offenses, theft, and more.

  • What age is considered to be juvenile?


    Every state has different eligibility criterion, but most states recognize the maximum age for juvenile court as 18. Others can recognize 16 or 17 years, or as old as 19 years.

  • What is the difference between juvenile and criminal court?


    The juvenile system is much different than an adult criminal court, and therefore, the procedures are very different as well. Speak with an attorney to learn what to expect in your case.

  • Possible Case Outcomes

    Plea Agreement

    If a case remains in juvenile court, the minor can enter a plea agreement. This is usually based on the condition that the juvenile attend counseling or other alternatives.

  • Possible Case Outcomes

    Judge Diversion

    If a judge chooses to divert a case, the minor will need to complete a court-approved program. Failure to do so could force the court to reinstate the charges.

  • Possible Case Outcomes

    Adjudicatory Hearings

    Also known as a juvenile trial, a judge will determine if the juvenile is delinquent (has violated criminal law). A judge will determine the penalties if the juvenile is ruled delinquent.

We Hear Your Concerns. You Aren’t Alone.

Let Us Help You Understand What to Expect

  • Is my child
    going to jail?

  • How serious
    is this?

  • I can't afford
    to pay the fines

  • Is this going on my
    criminal record?

  • Can you help?

  • They just made a mistake

We know what makes our clients lay awake and sleepless at night. Get the peace of mind you need. Call (617) 829-9747 to get the sound legal advice you need.

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