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Vikas Dhar

Vikas Dhar

High-Profile, Award-Winning Boston Criminal Defense Firm
  • Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime ...
  • Massachusetts
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Caleb B. Koufman
Caleb B. Koufman March 30, 2023
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
This is an attorney who cares about his clients and does everything he can to pursue their interests. He whole-heartedly cares about his clients, and his constant successes are indicative of his care and ability. I would highly recommend Attorney Dhar to anyone looking for a lawyer in any practice area, as Attorney Dhar will either assist you or find you the person who can meet your needs. Attorney Dhar puts his clients' interests first, and his dedication is recognized when he litigates.
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Vikas is widely recognized as a leader in the New England legal community. He specializes in white-collar criminal defense, international extradition matters and state criminal defense. He is a past recipient of the “Excellence in the Law” award by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and has been recognized by Boston Magazine annually for the past 15 years as a “Super Lawyer” in white-collar criminal defense.

He has twice been invited by the Federal judiciary to serve on Merit Selection Panels to appoint new Federal magistrate judges in Boston, served a 5-year term as a Hearing Officer for the Board of Bar Overseers and is a panel member of Senior Partners for Justice. Vikas is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and his firm’s pro bono work and community contributions have been profiled by Forbes Magazine and Harvard Business Review.

Regarded as powerful in the courtroom and unflappable at the negotiating table, clients rave about his calming demeanor, friendliness, and never-ending energy reserves.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
    White Collar Crime
    DUI & DWI
    Stockbroker & Investment Fraud
    Immigration Law
    Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
Additional Practice Areas
  • Larceny
  • Embezzlement
Video Conferencing
  • Zoom
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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1st Circuit
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  • Albanian: Spoken, Written
  • Arabic: Spoken, Written
  • Bulgarian: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
  • Portuguese: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being
- Current
Judicial Advisory Committee, Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
Senior Partners for Justice, Pro Bono Panel Member
- Current
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
South Asian Bar Association
- Current
Boston Bar Association
- Current
Massachusetts Bar Association,
- Current
Federal Merit Selection Panel
Hearing Officer
Board of Bar Overseers
National Clemency Project - Obama Administration
Federal Merit Selection Panel
Governor's Commission for Revision of the School Code
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Honors: John S. Rendleman Award,
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Washington University in St. Louis
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Top 100 Massachusetts Defense Attorney
National Trial Lawyers
New England Super Lawyer: White-Collar Criminal Defense
Boston Magazine
Select Annually for the Last 15 Years
Inducted Fellow
Litigation Counsel of America
"Top 40 Under 40" Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney
National Trial Lawyers Organization
“Excellence in the Law: Up & Coming Attorney” Award
Massachusetts Bar Association and Lawyers Weekly
John S. Rendleman Award
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Professional Associations
U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
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U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
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Massachusetts State Bar  # 657539
- Current
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Articles & Publications
Coordinator, Forensic Psychiatry & Memory: Perspectives in Law, MCLE Program, 2008
The DHS Initiative, Massachusetts Bar Institute Section Review, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2005
Speaking Engagements
Panelist, The Intersection of Civil & Criminal Legal Issues: Exploring the Crossover, Commonalities and Differences of Both Practices, Boston
Boston Bar Association
Attorney Vikas S. Dhar has been asked to serve as a panelist for a Boston Bar Association Webinar on “The Intersection of Civil & Criminal Legal Issues: Exploring the Crossover, Commonalities and Differences of Both Practices.” The Webinar will take place on-line Wednesday, April 6, 2022 from 4-6pm
Moderator, Extradition in Federal Criminal Cases - Featuring US v. Taylor (2020, D-MA), Boston
Boston Bar Association
Moderator, Practical Advice for New Lawyers, Boston
Social Law Library
SJC Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being
Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered
Q. If you please guilty to a felony crime in the state of Massachusetts can you appeal your guilty plea
A: Instead of “appeal”, I think you should reflect on the more general term of “seeking post conviction relief.”

Yes, after entering a guilty plea in Massachusetts, if you have sufficient grounds, you can attempt to go back and undo the guilty plea, which is often times done based on Rule 30 of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure, which states that if your plea was not completed in the interests of justice, there may be a way for you to walk it back. Other avenues of relief could be ineffective assistance of counsel, constitutional grounds or procedural error. As always, you should consult an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney. Good luck!
Q. I wanted to know if the federal court system take ONLINE COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS. OR DO THEY HAVE TO BE DONE IN PERSON?
A: This is a great question as it has come up previously due to the changes in the Federal court system system because of the pandemic. In the end, however, the possibility for you to perform community service online is going to be specific to the court in which your case is in, and even more specifically, what your probation officer will allow you to do. You should definitely check with your probation officer, and when you do, be prepared to provide reasons why you feel that you need to do this online rather than in-person and you should also be prepared to provide programs that you have found which will allow you to do it online. The more prepared you are to be in being persuasive with your probation officer, the more likely that your request will be successful. Best of luck to you. ... Read More
Q. If I’m on federal pretrial can I switch my lawyer in get a new one my lawyer not doin her job now bein though I’m reales
A: I’m assuming that you mean that you’re currently on pretrial release while your case is pending, correct? You can certainly terminate and hire a new lawyer at any time. If your current lawyer is court-appointed, you should discuss it with them to determine whether or not you would be eligible for another court appointed lawyer. If your lawyer is privately retained, then you can certainly choose to terminate them and hire a new lawyer. Best of luck to you!
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Dhar Law, LLP
Schrafft's City Center Powerhouse
529 Main Street, Suite P200
Charleston, MA 02129
Telephone: (617) 880-6155
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