JUVENILE DEFENSE

Attorney Gupta began his law practice working with juveniles in Child Requiring Assistance (C.R.A.) cases and then began working with juveniles accused of committing crimes.

Juvenile law in Massachusetts drastically changed in 2018 with the Criminal Justice Reform Act. Now, in many cases, juveniles have the benefit of having their cases diverted prior to arraignment - meaning they will incur no criminal record for the offense. If you are a minor or the parent of a minor facing a delinquency charge in Massachusetts - it is important to have a qualified and experienced juvenile law attorney on your side.

If a juvenile is charged with a felony offense, schools have a statutory right under the law to exclude a student from school until the criminal case is resolved. Attorney Brendan Gupta commonly works with schools in Essex County to resolve school exclusion matters. 

"In one recent case, a client of mine was arrested and charged with a felony for assaulting a family member. His high school tried to exclude him without due process. This client had an Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) which, under the law, entitled him to a preliminary hearing called a Manifestation Determination Review (M.D.R.) to be held prior to the exclusion. The school would have suspended the client without the M.D.R. hearing, but were forced to hold it upon my objection. At the hearing, the client's disability was found to be substantially related to the alleged delinquent conduct, and he was able to remain in school. I was able to successfully have the criminal charges dismissed prior to trial."

- Attorney Brendan D. Gupta

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