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James M. Milligan Jr.

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  1. Professional, tenacious and meticulous

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    • I recommend James Milligan.

    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.

  2. I highly recommend Attorney James Milligan

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    • I recommend James Milligan.

    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.

  3. Couldn't believe this happened to me, grateful I had representation such as this.

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    • I recommend James Milligan.

    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.

  4. Awesome representative

    Posted by Stefanie,
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    • I recommend James Milligan.

    I could not be happier with the decision my family and I made having Jay represent me in court. He was professional, kept me informed, and I was very comfortable with him. My case went on for two and a half years and Jay was patient and up front with me. He never hid anything and was very upfront with me of the possible outcomes . Overall, the case ended the way we had hoped -with a not guilty- and I don't think that would have been achieved without Jay!

  5. Top notch

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    • I recommend James Milligan.

    James Milligan was highly recommended to me by a close friend of my families. Of course dealing with law enforcement is always nerve racking but Milligan made it so much easier. He is a very honest man and says it how it is, explained everything to me as many times as I may have needed it (I needed a lot). The way he dealt with my case was fantastic the results were what I wanted and he did not try to rip me off, which I was very worried about. I would definitely reccomend him to anyone, he's one of the best at his job. I could not thank him enough.

  6. Very professional, honest, trustworthy, and calming

    Posted by Jessica,
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    • I recommend James Milligan.

    After getting arrested for a second DUI/OUI, I didn't know what to do, I was so scared of what the outcome for this could end up being. My nerves were all over the place and I was afraid of being sent to jail. Which is one of the things they tell you may happen after you receive your first DUI/OUI. I looked on this website and trusted my gut. James looked like a confident, nice and, trusting person. After meeting with him I knew he was the perfect person to help me through this nightmare. During our first meeting he was honest, told me exactly what to expect, and assured me not to worry. Throughout the year long process of trials, James was very professional and was always accessible whenever I felt nervous. Also, his paralegal Karen was very informative and understanding, which was a huge help as well. When my trial date finally arrived my mind was all over the place. My boyfriend tried to calm me down but it was James's confidence that helped the most. We decided to have a trial by jury, which was very scary. The outcome was NOT GUILTY! After hearing the jury I cried and gave James a hug of appreciation. I couldn't believe it was over, finally. I don't think I could've done it without the help of James and I am so grateful for his knowledge, understanding, and help. James's pricing for helping was alot but it was not unreasonable, considering this is my life on the line. Thank you so much.

  7. Do not use this attorney for any DWI cases.

    Posted by Gary,
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    • I do not recommend James Milligan.

    Do not use this attorney for any DWI cases. He is afraid of trials.

    In July 2011 I found myself in the unfortunate position of being arrested for OUI in Massachusetts, an embarrassing and difficult position especially for someone who does not live in the state. Not knowing who to call to represent in the said case I interviewed a bunch of attorneys.

    I called Mr. James Milligan or Jay, he likes to be called and I selected him based on the fact that he didn't talk down to me like a lot of lawyers like to do.

    Anyway, my situation was a little complicated because the arresting police officer was FIRED for punching out his family member or so that what Jay told me. I also did not take a breathalyzer test during the arrest which makes it even harder for a conviction in a DWI arrest. There was no property damage that was sustained and no one was injured during the arrest. I was given a field test and passed all of the tests which is why they wanted to give me a breathalyzer.

    Jay told me that if he had to go to trial he would charge me $5500.00. If he didn't go to a jury trial it would be half that amount.

    Fast forward to the prosecution of the case. I was nervous like any one would be during this difficult time. The second time after the arraignment, I showed up to court the arresting police officer wasn't in the court room. This should of caused a dismissal of the case straight away. Jay mildly pushed for this in the court room but was seemingly afraid of the judge or the prosecuting attorney.

    The next time I appeared in the court room the arresting police officer, who was FIRED from the police force, conveniently showed up to court room.

    Anyway, Jay wanted me to take a D.W.A.I plea bargain but I said no way. I wanted a jury trial or a bench trial because the arresting officer lost a lot of credibility due the said firing from the police dept.

    The wind up is Jay "put his foot down" and told me to take a reckless driving plea which still has a misdemeanor on my record. We never went to trial but Jay still charged me $5500. A lot of money for showing up to 3 court appearances, I think.

    Thanks for reading this and good luck with your case.

    1. James M. Milligan Jr.

      James Milligan

      Lawyer Comment:

      DEAR POTENTIAL CLIENT - PLEASE DISREGARD THIS REVIEW AS IT IS NOT REFLECTIVE OF MY SERVICES.

      First, I am a trial lawyer and have tried over 200 OUI cases in the last 3 years. This client hired me on or about October 24, 2011. This client was charged with an Operating under the Influence of Alcohol (OUI), Child Endangerment and Negligent Operation of a motor vehicle. I treated this client with respect and explained to the client in detail the seriousness of the offenses with which the client was charged, particularly the Child Endangerment offense which carried the potential (although not likely) for a jail sentence and a license suspension of 1 year in Massachusetts. This suspension would have likely impacted the client’s ability to drive in their home state as well. As I do with all clients, I set forth two separate fees, A fee for a plea to the offense without the need for a trial date and a trial fee. I quoted this client a reasonable fee for the services that were rendered given the seriousness of the offense.

      The facts of the case were far more serious than the client has made them out to be and the report is part of the public record at the courthouse. I reported to the court on the pre-trial conference date and a trial date was set. The government was not ready on the first trial date and I moved to dismiss the case. As a general rule, cases are not dismissed on the first trial date if the government is not ready. A judge will commonly give the government another date and my only role is to object to the continuance and make my position known. This was done for this client.

      Prior to the second trial date, the government informed me that the officer was involved in an altercation while off-duty and as a result was no longer working for the police department. I believe the officer resigned as opposed to being fired. In any event, the officer was summonsed and appeared at the trial date. I was ready for trial but based upon discussions with the government prior to the trial, there was an offer to DISMISS the OUI and the Child Endangerment in exchange for a plea or admission to sufficient facts, commonly referred to as a CWOF to the remaining charge of Negligent operation of a motor vehicle, NOT A RECKLESS DRIVING as alleged by the client. As far as I was concerned this was a superb offer for the client given the facts of the case and one that I strongly recommended that he accept. The client was advised of all the consequences and chose to accept the plea negotiation. Since the client received a CWOF, there was only administrative probation and had to complete a National Drivers Safety class with NO LICENSE LOSS at all. The client references that I wanted him to take a DWAI plea and that is simply not true. First, in Mass there is no such thing as a DWAI and Second the OUI was DISMISSED along with the most severe offense of them all the CHILD ENDANGERMENT. If these matters were not Dismissed we wold have gone to trial.

      I have no idea why this client has chosen some two years after the fact to write a review that is factually inaccurate and fabricated after receiving a favorable outcome.

      Posted 3 months ago. Flag

  8. Exceptional law firm

    Posted by Jim,
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    • I recommend James Milligan.

    Attorney Milligan was able to get my life back on track in under 2 months.I was in a car accident and arrested charged with OUI and driving to endanger in September 2014. I thought this can't be happening, I'm going to be with out my license for at least 6 months. Jay was able to get me a court date, not guilty judgement,and license reinstatement in less than 2 months.
    I am very pleased!

  9. Consummate Professional

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    • I recommend James Milligan.

    To Whom it may concern,

       In April 2014 I found myself in the unfortunate position of being arrested for OUI in Massachusetts, clearly an unnerving position. Several colleagues and friends of mine have had more experience with the
    law than I have so I turned to them for advice on hiring council.  The name James Milligan arose more than once, so I did some research and realize today it was a life changing phone call to him that I made that day. 

     Yesterday a judge announced, "Not guilty."


        When you begin your case you'll spend more time with Mr. Higgins but when the expertise of Jay is required, he'll be right by your side.  In my personal opinion, he absolutely steam rolled the prosecutor, almost embarrassingly so.  It's a difficult and expensive lesson to learn but well worth my money. 

    Thank you, James Milligan, for getting me my life back.

    Sincerely,

    Andrew C,

    Halifax, MA

  10. Just Excellent Legal Service

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    • I recommend James Milligan.

    I had an incident which I thought I could fight. Jay was recommended to me with high regards, through another lawyer from New Hampshire.
    He assessed my situation and told me we had a very good chance to fight and win the case.
    After several continuations implemented by the DA, due to absent officer witnesses, we finally had my trial.
    Jay suggested the best course of action was a trial without a jury.
    The DA presented 3 officer witnesses and 5 pieces of evidence.
    Jay was able to determine the results from my breathalizer as non-admissable using proof from another case file.
    When questioning the arresting officer, Jay persuaded him to admit that my performances in the field sobriety tests were not as harsh as initially described in his police report. Through Jay's line of questioning, the officer also admitted to not clarifying his direction throughout these tests as specifically as he could have.
    The other two officers were proven useless for the DA. One admitted to not being able to fully judge my level of intoxication. The other was questioned to prove the functionality of the breathalyzer, this person’s testimony proved worthless as well.
    The style of which the Jay decided to approach the case was incredibly sensible and proved itself successful.

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