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James M. Milligan Jr.

DUI and DWI Attorney at Hanover, MA

5.0   190 reviews
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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1998
    Status
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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    90%
    Attorney James Milligan is one of just a few lawyers in Massachusetts who is board certified in drunk driving defense as recognized by the American Bar Association. Concentrating his practice entirely on Massachusetts drunk driving defense, OUI defense, DUI defense, and DWI defense, Attorney Milligan is often the best resource for other lawyers representing a client charged with drunk driving in Massachusetts.

    27 years

  2. Criminal defense
    5%

  3. Other
    5%

DON'T TAKE ANOTHER CHANCE. YOU NEED PROVEN AND POWERFUL DRUNK DRIVING REPRESENTATION. FREE CASE EVAL

Attorney Milligan is a Massachusetts drunk driving defense lawyer dedicated to aggressively representing and defending people charged with drunk driving in Massachusetts (OUI, DWI, DUI).  In 2014, he went to trial on 90 OUI Cases with an 87% acquittal/dismissal rate.

 

He is one of the only few lawyers in Massachusetts that is board certified in drunk driving defense. He is the chair of the Massachusetts continuing legal education courses on handling OUI cases and has lectured other Massachusetts lawyers  how to best defend clients charged with drunk driving (OUI, DWI, DUI).  Attorney Milligan is a seasoned and experienced drunk driving lawyer who handles more drunk driving cases a year in Massachusetts than most attorneys do in their career.

 

Attorney Milligan is a member of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL). He has extensive trial experience with courts all over the Commonwealth.

 

Massachusetts Drunk Driving Lawyer,  Attorney James Milligan

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010
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Location

Attorney James Milligan
269 Hanover Street
Building One
Hanover, MA, 02339
Attorney James Milligan
867 Boylston Street
Suite 5000
Boston, MA, 02116
Attorney James Milligan
100 Independence Drive
Suite 7 #481
Hyannis, MA, 02601
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  190 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Heidi | March 19, 2024
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Show cause hearing with a favorable outcome!
Jay and his team were phenomenal. A woman filed a criminal complaint against me alleging that I hit her with my car in the Market Basket parking lot. This resulted in a potential Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle charge IF I would've been found responsible. I consulted with quite a few attorneys but Jay instantly put me at ease and made me feel confident that he had my best interest at heart. While this was not related to an OUI or DUI, which he is well known for, I knew if he could handle those cases, he could certainly handle mine. Not even three minutes in the courtroom and the Clerk Magistrate said "No Probable Cause." Thank you, Jay! Highly recommend!
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Posted by Jill | December 31, 2023
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Got An OUI? Hire This Man!
Attorney James Milligan is the best of the best! When my boyfriend was charged with OUI, we thought he'd be going away for a long time. We reached out to Attorney Milligan, and he had us come in for a consult. After speaking with us he decided to take our case. It wasn't an easy one, but he came through. Not only did we receive a verdict of Not Guilty, Attorney Milligan even got the breathalyzer thrown out before we even got to trial. His knowledge and expertise is outstanding! Attorney Milligan went above and beyond for us, and I will forever be grateful for him and his team! If anyone is going through the same ordeal and needs a great Lawyer in your corner, than take it from me that Attorney James Milligan is the man who you want standing in your corner. He will fight for you every step of the way! You will not be disappointed! Thank you very much, Attorney Milligan! We wish you all the best in the New Year to come! -Jill G.
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2023
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Jay is the best
I HIGHLY recommend Jay. Throughout the process Jay brought experience and confidence to the game. At the hearing he handled the details with efficiency. He provided advice on the pros and cons of all decisions. He was able to get a trial date very quickly. At the trial he brought all the facts to bear which led to my complete exoneration. I owe Jay my freedom.
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Posted by Anar | September 20, 2023
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Best Attorney!
As international student in USA, having DIU in your record would be one of the worst thing that can happen to anyone. Despite of enduring 1 year 6 month long process, I am very glad choosing Attorney Milligan to represent me in the court. From the first day I met Mr Milligan, he explained me every step of process with details to understand the consequences and possible outcomes of the case. To simple put, James is a well-spoken, well experienced man who has confident to fight the case till the end based on the facts he has. Mr Milligan and his team is super responsive and they answered all my questions and concerns in very short period of time. James Milligan is 10/10 attorney, and it was one of the best decisions I have made to choose James for my representation. I highly recommend everybody if you want a professional, truthworthy and patient attorney, James Milligan is the best choice you have! If you are looking for someone to represent you in an OUI case, look no further. There is no one better than James Milligan.. Not GUILTY
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Posted by Johnny | August 22, 2023
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Amazing Attorney
I appreciate Attorney Milligan's vast knowledge in the subject. He was extremely informative, answered questions I had, and made sure I understood the procedures. On trial, he spoke with passion that made me believe cared about the outcome. Much love.
Posted by Devon | August 15, 2023
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The Best Attorney!
Jay is the absolute best attorney out there! Very patient, very informative, and he knows what he is doing. Jay is confident in his abilities and it shows. No words can express how thankful I am for everything Jay has done. Handled not one but two of my cases and was successful in both. He is top notch!
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2023
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Best OUI Attorney
Attorney Milligan is the best in his field. I had the pleasure of working with Attorney Milligan recently during what could have been an embarrassing and scary situation. From the moment I spoke with Jay, I felt a sense of professionalism and genuine care that put me at ease. What truly sets Jay apart is his non judgmental demeanor. Unlike some of his peers, he treats everyone with respect and grace. He has an exceptional attention to detail and thoroughness, demonstrating his commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for his clients. What impressed me the most about Attorney Milligan was his genuine care for my well-being and his dedication to my case. They made me feel like more than just a client; he really took the time to understand my situation and demonstrate empathy and support. I always felt heard and valued, which made a significant difference in what could have been a stressful experience. Thanks to Jay's expertise and unwavering dedication, the outcome of my case surpassed my expectations. He left no room for error and cleverly navigated through legal complexities, ultimately resulting in a favorable resolution. I cannot recommend Attorney Milligan enough. His professionalism, knowledge, and genuine care for his clients make him far superior to his peers. If you have been arrested for OUI, call Jay.
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Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2023
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Knowledgeable and professional, true advocate
Jay handled my case from beginning to end with nothing on his mind but achieving the desired outcome. He never made promises and I always felt like he was telling it to me straight. His knowledge and professionalism made me feel confident that I was getting the best representation possible. But when we actually got into the courtroom, Jay really impressed. He knows the OUI space and all its nuances better than anyone and that showed through in all his interactions with DAs, clerks, judges, police officers etc. He was able to get the best possible outcome in my case and I would recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Folarin | May 28, 2023
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OUI
Despite enduring a 9-month long process, I am so glad I chose to work with Attorney Milligan. James is a well-spoken, well-researched man that shows up to court ready to win. Although I had moments of doubt at times, I truly could not have been happier with the work he did for me.  Not only was James a 10/10 in court, but he helped me understand every step of the process and was realistic throughout it all. Even when I felt unsure, he was able to step up and work everything out in my favor. Seriously worth every penny! I plan to keep Attorney Milligan in my contacts (though I hope not to have to use him again!)  If you are looking for someone to represent you in an OUI case, look no further. You really could not ask for a better lawyer….Not GUILTY
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Posted by Paul | April 2, 2023
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Thank you Jay
Coming up on six years (3/2017) since I was charged with OUI after a car accident. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about how much Jay Milligan helped me get through my situation. From the time I called, the various meetings we had, the preparation for court dates and ultimately the trial date, Jay was a complete professional. Jay was understanding and compassionate but also firm and direct when needed. Jay's paralegal Karen was also very helpful and professional. Jay's expert understanding of the DUI laws, the nuances and dynamics of the DMV and court system put me in the position to win my case. The day of the trial we were ready to go with a jury, but due to a shortage of jurors we went with a judge only trial. Jay's experience and expertise was immediately evident as he presented his case, questioned the witnesses and in his closing arguments. He outworked and outshined the prosecution's case which resulted in a not guilty decision for me. I did plead to a motor vehicle violation as part of the decision but that was something Jay discussed well before trial and I was prepared for that possibility. I have and will continue to refer people if they need an OUI attorney because Jay is the best.
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Posted by David | March 29, 2023
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Beyond expectation
Absolutely and simply put, an amazing attorney to work with, inside and out. Office is quick with response, questions and actions. Confident, affirmative and fact based style put my mind at the best level of ease, during a process that can be destructive to one's self health. Not a question in my mind, this is an attorney you can trust, depend on and give you the facts upfront and honest. A pleasure is an understatement.
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Posted by John | March 21, 2023
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Terrific representation!
Jay was great. He took over for another attorney and did what he could to repair the damage done by the prior attorney. Jay always knew what to do and did exactly the right thing in the trial, saying no more or less than he needed to say to secure a not guilty on the OUI and the negligent driving charges.
Posted by Gregg | January 8, 2023
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DUI
Jay is a fact oriented attorney who is an expert on the law for Criminal DUI in Massachusetts. He will dig deep into the situation to put doubt in the minds of prosecution that some of the accusations are in question with leaves questionable doubt in the minds off people presiding over the case.
Posted by Ryan | December 20, 2022
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100% recommend. Wouldn't want anyone else other than Jay on my case.
Jay is absolutely outstanding at his job, and I wouldn't have wanted anyone else on my case besides him. He was able to nit pick the smallest details in my case, which eventually led to a NOT GUILTY verdict on my behalf. This guy is unbelievable and I would absolutely recommend him to anybody in OUI conviction circumstance.
Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2022
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Best lawyer
Jay was a amazing lawyer Always available for questions. Karen is Paralegal is also very helpful and understands your time in valuable. He got me a not guilty verdict. He is a absolute force to be reckon with when he is in trail.
Posted by Ralph | October 26, 2022
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Expert of OUI
I had a 3rd offense OUI which is a felony, my life was upside down, I had no choice then to fight it. With body cam evidence, sobriety tests failed, 2 state troopers testifying against me, no witnesses on my side, Mr Miligan was able to convince 7 jurors to get me a “not guilty “! That was just magic! He’s awesome, he’s genius. I don’t know how he does it, I certainly believe he’s just gifted. No words could ever explain my gratitude… well recommended! thank you James, you can never be forgotten in my life. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2022
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This is the Man!
My experience with Attorney James Milligan has been excellent. James is incredibly professional, trustworthy and patient. He gives expert advice and never pressured me into doing anything I didn’t want. This man commands the courtroom with excellence and professionalism. He always got back to me in a timely manner, “even on the weekends”. He goes above and beyond with the service he provides. I‘m very thankful to have found him. If you’re looking for a qualified, expert and professional representation James is all you need. He’s with you every step of the way. Attorney James was always available to communicate with throughout the process. He worked diligently for me to achieve the proper, and rightful end result of, “Not guilty”. He made a rather difficult process very easy during an incredibly difficult time in my life. You can be assured Attorney James Milligan will guide you properly (even if it’s not what you want to hear ) and will always be , “in your corner“. James was extremely helpful in resolving my case. He is knowledgeable about the law, disciplined, responsive, and generally empathetic. This man is a 10/5 stars! Thank you very much James! D.M.W
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Posted by Jonathan | May 31, 2022
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3rd OUI - HIGH RECOMENDATION
Jay did a fantastic job and guided me through one of the darkest periods of my life. He took my case to trial and won with a not guilty charge. It was a 3rd offense oui involving a car crash. I was facing jail time. Jays knowledge of the law is amazing. He's very humble with a calming demeanor which was very helpful during a stressful time. I strongly recommend Jay Milligan.
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Posted by Ngoc | March 6, 2022
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Professional
A friend recommended James to me and I could not have thank them more! He was super supportive and helpful throughout the case, which help us achieve a desirable outcome.
Posted by Josh | January 26, 2022
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Long Road
I would like to start off by saying Jay and his team were great through the entire road. It was a long battle of 768 days but Jay was there every step of the way. I know for a fact I would not have won this case without him. Thank You
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Attorney James Milligan Law Office
  • 2010 - Present
  • DUI OUI Attorney
  • Jones, Milligan & Geraghty
  • 2000 - 2010

Education

  • Massachusetts School of Law at Andover
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Allegheny College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. R.L. (Lynn District Court)
  • Not Guilty
  • Commonwealth v. P.H (Plymouth District Court)
  • Not Guilty
  • Commonwealth v. E.D – Quincy District Court
  • Not Guilty
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Associations

  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Chair
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Preeminent Client Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Preeminent Client Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. ("MCLE")
  • Handling Massachusetts OUI Cases
  • 2010
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. ("MCLE")
  • Massachusetts Auot Stops
  • 2010
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
  • OUI Drunk Driving Defense
  • 2010
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
  • Litigating OUI Cases
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Handling OUI Cases
  • 2010
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Auto Stops
  • 2010
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • OUI Summit - Drunk Driving Defense
  • 2010
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Law and Science of Traffic Defense
  • 2009
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Auto Stops
  • 2009
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Litigating OUI Cases
  • 2008
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Criminal Law Practice Forum
  • 2007
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Criminal Law Conference
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (1)
Endorse James
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Milligan has an exceptional reputation in the Area of DUI Defense in Massachusetts. I would highly recommend his services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the best attorneys in the field. I had the pleasure of getting to know Attorney Milligan's skills when dealing with him as a prosecutor. He was always prepared, and presented all his clients' cases with a polished and distinguished presence. Highly recommended. GP"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a very competent and skilled lawyer. He gets exceptional results"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Attorney James “Jay” Milligan Jr. I first met Jay when I was a prosecutor in the Plymouth County DA's office. As opposing counsel, Attorney Milligan is a formidable opponent but always a professional. Jay was always the first attorney at the courthouse and was always prepared for trial. I now have the privilege of working with Attorney Milligan as a DUI Defense Attorney. Jay’s knowledge of the law and trial practice are unmatched in the field of Massachusetts DUI Defense and RMV Representation. Accordingly he is one of only a few attorneys in Massachusetts to be Board Certified in the field of Drunk Driving Defense. Attorney Milligan provides each client with the proven powerful drunk driving representation that only he can. He is a valued mentor to me and a passionate advocated for his clients. I highly endorse Attorney Jay Milligan."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working closely with Attorney Milligan, both during my time as a prosecutor and now as a fellow member of the OUI/DUI/DWI defense bar. For me to say that Jay "raises the bar" would be an understatement. His knowledge of the law, his commitment to the interests of his clients, and his work ethic go unmatched. He has a proven track record of success that is undoubtedly the product of his character, hard work, and devotion to the practice of law. I highly endorse Attorney Milligan and would recommend him to anyone facing a drunk driving charge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Massachusetts. Gets amazing results for his clients. Very experienced, highly skilled and he genuinely cares about people. I have referred several clients to him in the past and he has achieved extraordinary results"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Jay Milligan if you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving. Jay is a diligent and conscientious lawyer, well-respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Milligan is a talented and competitive defense lawyer who truly goes to bat for his clients. I recently witnessed him first hand in a felony trial where it was clear the prosecutor was outmatched (Not Guilty verdict followed). I would recommend his services to anyone facing criminal prosecution in Massachusetts."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the honor of working with James "Jay" Milligan, Sr., on several matters that involve mutual clients due to the relative proximity of Maine to Massachusetts. Jay is the "go to guy" when it comes to issues involving the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. He is not only a strong and highly competent fighter for his clients in the courtroom, but also has a superior working knowledge of motor vehicles suspensions, how to fight them, how to beat them, and if need be, how to minimize them. Not only is he one of the top DUI\DWI Attorneys in the Commonwealth, he is also a compassionate and caring individual who works closely with clients and keeps their best interests at heart. If you have been charged with DUI/DWI or any motor vehicle crime in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Jay Milligan, Sr. can be counted on to fight for the citizen accused."
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