5.0 stars 89 totalReview James Milligan
Posted by Mark
Hiring Jay was the best decision I made. I used an attorney for a past incident and found him ill prepared and unfamiliar with some of the facts of my case a day prior to trial. Not a good feeling when you're the accused sitting in the courtroom. My experience with Jay however was quite the opposite. This realization became even more apparent at my trial. Jay came prepared, knew the facts of my case, providing documentation of medical records, distances traveled, road conditions, traffic patterns, etc. prior to being pulled over. He spoke eloquently, firmly, and respectfully when cross examining officers. Jay was able to expose discrepancies in their testimony versus what was written in their reports. Professional, competent, courteous, and confident. Jay has your back. When confronted with a possibly life altering situation, you must hire an attorney with the experience, expertise, tenacity, and the compassion to understand what you're going through. Jay Milligan is that attorney. He is a strong advocate for those accused of DUI/OUI. I cannot recommend him enough.
Posted by William
After hiring an attorney who has helped my family with assorted issues in the past, I learned the hard way, the value of hiring an expert in DUI matters. My first lawyer took my money, but was in over his head. The result was a plea (CWOF). This meant costly restrictions on my license during a long suspension for refusing the breath test.
I agreed to the plea after listening to the first lawyer's misrepresentation of the law, telling me that I would be reinstated at a RMV hearing w/in 60 days. When I realized that was not true, I found Jay Milligan. Jay heard my story, and accepted my case. Jay Milligan was able to vacate the plea, and give me another chance for a trial. The timely result was "not guilty"! I currently have an unrestricted license and I am able to contribute to my family, and my life again. Without Jay, I would have had a limited hardship license with a costly blow to start device, and a damaging record of DUI. James M. Milligan is professional, knowledgeable, prepared, and treats you with respect. If you are reading this, Jay Milligan and his staff are exactly what you need. In my case, the results are the best possible for an extremely complicated and difficult situation. The money I saved by hiring the family's "guy" made me feel good for a day. The value of paying for the services of an expert, I will appreciate for a lifetime. A+ service is my review for Jay and his excellent staff.
Anonymous review posted on
I was represented by Jay Milligan for a 3 OIU. he was able to prove to them that I was guilty and had all the evidence suppressed. Every time o called or had any questions they would respond by the end of the day. Also they are very nice and they are very good at what they do. I would recommend them to anyone also I'm thankful for what they did for me and my family.
Anonymous review posted on
After my daughter was arrested on a second DUI charge (the first being 8 years ago) I panicked . She faced losing her license for up to 5 years since she refused the breathalyzer test and did poorly on the field sobriety test . Her job and her children would be greatly affected .
Together we searched the internet for a good lawyer and, after reading the reviews, decided on James Milligan . We were so blessed to find him. He is so knowledgeable and told us what to expect. He was excellent in preparing us for a jury trial. He covered every detail. Our entire family is so grateful to him. Because of him we had a not guilty verdict and can now go forward with our lives
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