5.0 stars 86 totalReview James Milligan
Posted by Richard
After vetting several lawyers for a 3rd OUI charge I wisely chose attorney Milligan. Facing a mandatory 150 day incarceration (despite 30 year old previous conviction) it was imperative I retain the very best attorney.
Attorney Milligan and his associates were extremely knowledgeable and savvy when it came to dealing with the court system and judges. Despite this case being tried in Essex county, which is the toughest for OUI offenses I was found not guilty in about 15 minutes of jury deliberation.
Attorney Milligan shredded the Trooper's testimony and posed a rational and reasonable alternative series of events the jury believed completely.
You cannot do better than Milligan and Associates when faced with an OUI.
Posted by Gregory
James is the best lawyer I ever now,he helped me to start a new life with active driver license and forget about the nightmare I lived with!!!!! I really recommend him! He is the real guy if you get in trouble!!!! Thank You So Much Jay!!!!!
Posted by West Virginia
I am from out of state and I am a cdl truck driver. I was pulled over in Massachusetts in my commercial vehicle for oui. After being released from jail I was in my hotel room no transportation because my truck had been impounded and 14 hours from home I opened the phone book to find an attorney and the 1st one to stand out to me was Jay I called and explained the incident and he immediately took my case. Of course because of the courts my wife and I did have to make several trips to Massachusetts to make my appearance in court. I did not take a breathalizer because I had not been drinking although I wasn't drinking I was charged for refusal. In a large commercial vehicle that was a very bad decision I had made not only would I loose my license but also my job because driving is my job. Before my last hearing Jay assured me that all charges would be dropped with no fines to be paid and that is exactly what happened. Jay Milligan jr is definitely the best attorney I have ever had my wife and I call him the miracle man and so will you after he is finished with your case. Thank you Jay for saving my job!!!!!!!
Posted by Sheila
When faced with an OUI charge as I was, it’s traumatic. The effects of the outcome of the case will have serious lifelong repercussions professionally and personally. I needed an attorney with experience and expertise specifically in DUI matters. Additionally I needed an attorney who knew the court where I was being tried. I weighed this heavily in my decision to choose James Milligan. I called him on a Saturday and he called me back that day. I had to appear in court on Monday at 8:30am and the court was already informed that Jay was my representation.
When you go through the legal process you spend a good deal of time in the courtroom and observe a lot, this reaffirmed to me that I made a very wise decision in choosing Jay for my representation. I can’t say enough about how strongly I recommend Jay Milligan. He is well respected in the courts by the DA’s office, his fellow attorneys, the clerks, employees of the court and the judges. His courtroom demeanor is exceptionally polished.
I had a difficult case that included a police report with some alleged incriminating statements I had made at the time of my arrest. Jay from the very start had a strategy that included filing a motion to suppress evidence to get the Officers who wrote the report on the stand under oath. Jay worked through most of the items he wanted to suppress with the DA but there was one outstanding item they needed to argue. During the motion hearing he was able to site case law to the Judge, she was going to give him time to respond back to her with the case law, which was unnecessary because Jay knew the law off the top of his head. This ultimately resulted in a favorable outcome on that portion of my case. He was also able to walk through the police report and alleged statements I made with the officers under oath during the motion hearing. This was critically important to the outcome of my case.
We took my case to Jury trial, throughout the process Jay advised me of the options, the pros and cons. He went through my testimony several times to ensure I was prepared. He did the same with my witness. I knew what to expect at trial from reviewing the potential jurors to how the trial would unfold. At trial there was very little evidence for the prosecution since most of the police report had successfully been suppressed. He was able to show one of the officers who testified had already testified differently previously under oath (from the motion hearing) and had a transcribed copy of the testimony which he had the officer read out loud to the jury. After Jay’s questioning the other officer agreed that my behavior could have been the result of the airbag deployment (my arrest came as a result of a car accident). We were prepared with a timeline of the day, extensive documentation to support the timeline and how the day unfolded. Jay was prepared, like able and factual. The end result was a Not Guilty verdict by the jury. I can’t thank Jay enough for his impeccable representation in a very difficult case.
Posted by Mike
In my opinion, Jay Milligan is with no doubt one of New England’s top DWI, DUI, and OUI attorney’s in our area. Drunk driving defense is his specialty. Jay is board certified in drunk driving and has been defending clients for the past 15+ years. He is very knowledgeable in the law and comfortable being in a court room. Jay’s extensive knowledge of the Law’s allows him to provide his clients with the best possible outcome for each person’s situation. I strongly recommend anyone with an OUI or DUI to contact Jay or his office to handle their case. That said, I would like to give some hope for the folks out there who have lost their license due to five or more DUI’s and have a lifetime indefinite suspension on their license. You may want to discuss your past convictions with Jay to see if any of them are worth challenging for a dismissal. The law is not perfect and makes mistakes too. This could mean the difference between never being able to drive again and regaining the right to drive. There are no guarantees, but I can tell you that in my son’s case, by me making that call to Jay, it was one of the greatest gifts I could have ever gave him. I called Jay and asked him if he would review my son’s past convictions and he said he would. We only needed to win one conviction for my son to drive again. Well, Jay reviewed them and today my son has his driver’s license back and is able to provide an easier living for his family. No more worrying about things like how he’s getting back and forth to work each day, etc. It has changed his life as well as his families just by me making that call.
Posted by Mohammed
I got two OUIs in a period of three weeks and had a prior OUI in another state. Mr Milligan got me out of both OUIs with a not guilty verdict which is exactly what I needed because guilty verdict on either one would have impacted my visa status. He handled the case brilliantly. Very professional.
Highly recommend Mr Milligan
Posted by a client
Attorney James Milligan did a great job in helping me through my OUI case. At times I felt lost and helpless but attorney Milligan expressed a confident, professional demeanor which helped to put my mind at ease. Attorney Milligan is highly skilled and knowledgeable in his field and it showed in helping me get a favorable outcome to my trial. I would recommend attorney Milligan to anyone seeking an OUI attorney in the area for his professionalism and skill that helped get my life back on track.
Posted by a client
I chose the three descriptive words above for the title of this review because I believe that they describe Attorney Milligan's approach to my OUI case perfectly. I met Attorney Milligan through referral of a friend who dealt with a similar matter about three years ago. During the three years that my case lingered on for, Jay diligently worked in my defense, paying unwavering attention to every detail, big and small. At every possible point he utilized all resources in an effort to resolve my case before going to trial. Unable to avoid a trial, Jay was well prepared and fought long and hard for me, resulting in a win for the both of us. Attorney Milligan was kind to my family and treated us with the upmost respect and professionalism. He took care to break down complicated legality into simple, understandable language for us and was committed to my case from day 1 through trial. Though I know Jay has many clients, I often felt like I was the only one. I felt that Jay genuinely cared about the outcome of my case and I would highly recommend his work to anyone dealing with a similar issue. Attorney Milligan is a truly experienced professional and will leave no stone unturned.
Posted by a client
Getting arrested for OUI, especially if you've never been arrested before, is scary and anxiety provoking. Therefore, you need an attorney who is an expert in this field to represent you. Attorney James Milligan is an expert and more. His self-confidence in his skills had the effect of calming me down throughout the process. I'd say to myself "Jay has been doing this for 16 years, this is all he does, so if he says X is going to happen, the X will happen. Trust in Jay." Jay is very responsive, as he would call me back within a short time frame, even if he had to give up his lunch hour, evening or weekend. He even spoke with me after business hours. For example, I read something on the Internet that scared the heck out of me. I texted him on a Saturday, and didn't expect him to call me back until the following Monday. Sure enough, Jay called me within an hour. Talk about providing great customer service and showing compassion! In addition to his skills, the other praise I need to give Jay is that he really cares. He knows it's an awful time for you, and he tries to make it as least painful for you as possible. Jay is a great OUI attorney and I'd recommend him to anyone who has been arrested for driving drunk.
Posted by a client
I'm a 52 year old mom of 3 grown boys. No parking or driving tickets, nothing. Late in the morning on Thanksgiving 2013 my husband and I left my sisters house down the cape, only vehicle on the road and I get pulled over. My husband and I were unsure of which exit to take, as a result I went over the fog line multiple times. Just as I was putting on my blinker and began my exit off the road on to the appropriate highway exit. Blue lights. The officer asked where I was going and where I was heading and if I had anything to drink. I said I was coming from my sisters where we spent the holiday, that I was heading home and that I had a couple of glasses of white wine. He asked me to get out of the vehicle and walk to the back of the vehicle. At this point another officer had arrived for backup, he said he was going to give me the breathalyzer and it was in my best interest to do it. He then administered field sobriety tests. Which I did well on. Then I was told I was placed under arrest. At the station I was given the breathalyzer again, the sergeant said I was just over the legal limit, this was the first time they told me this. At this point it was hours from the original time of pulling me over. My husband bailed me out a few hours later. Early the next morning, I was in the courtroom pleading not guilty and foolishly saying I was representing myself. The judges reaction made me think twice about that. I am glad I did. When I got home I googled "best OUI attorneys on south shore" . The top two people came up, Mr Milligan and another. I called the other one first, left message. I called Mr. Milligan left message and immediately he called me back. By the time 6pm that evening he had already reviewed the police report I emailed him and he called me again and told me what he thought my chances were. I never did get a call back from the other attorney. Attny Milligan was able to get the breathalyzer thrown out as well as a sentence I said that they documented. Be patient and have faith. I was found not guilty within a half an hour by a jury.