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Joseph John Higgins III

DUI and DWI Attorney at Hanover, MA

4.9   166 reviews

also known as Joseph Higgins, Joe Higgins

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  • Licensed for 14 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice area
EXPERIENCED, SKILLFUL, AND PERSONALIZED REPRESENTATION IN DEFENDING YOUR OUI, DUI, DWI CASE.

Joseph J. Higgins, III, specializes in the representation of persons charged with Drunk Driving in Massachusetts. He has been recognized by both The National College for DUI Defense and the DUI Defense Lawyers’ Association for his commitment to this area of the law. Mr. Higgins has also been identified by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Massachusetts “Rising Star” in DUI/DWI Defense. This distinction is limited to only 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state. A graduate of Connecticut College and Suffolk University Law School, Mr. Higgins began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Plymouth County. As an ADA, he was responsible for prosecuting hundreds of Drunk Driving cases each year and gained invaluable experience by going up against some of the best defense attorneys in the state. After prosecuting DUIs/OUIs for years, Mr. Higgins realized that he could best use his knowledge of DUI/OUI law to help people by becoming a defense attorney. Mr. Higgins has now appeared in over 60 courts across Massachusetts defending charges of DUI/OUI.

Awards/Distinctions:

2014 - 2023 Rising Star—Super Lawyers Magazine

2014 Rising Star---Boston Magazine 2014 “10 Best” Client Satisfaction Award

American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys

Top 40 Under 40—American Society of Legal Advocates

Top 40 Under 40—National Trial Lawyers

2013 - 2023 Clients’ Choice DUI—Avvo

Awards

Platinum Client Champion
Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2024 2023 2022 + 8 ...

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Location

Southshore Office
269 Hanover Street
Building 1
Hanover, MA, 02339
Northshore Office
800 Turnpike St
Suite 300
North Andover, MA, 01845
Boston Office
One Boston Place
Suite 2600
Boston, MA, 02108
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  166 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best
I highly recommend Attorney Higgins. His professionalism, deep understanding of the law, and strategic approach are invaluable in resolving legal matters. His communication was clear and reassuring throughout the process. I am grateful for his expertise and would confidently recommend his counsel.
Posted by David | February 4, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
From my first conversation with Joe, I knew he was the lawyer for me. I explained my situation and he did not judge me at all. He reasured my wife and I, that he would do everything he could to help us with our case, and he most certainly did!!!!!
Posted by Erik | February 2, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Joe was a fantastic attorney to work with. He is very knowledgeable and has a great attention to detail. He is very communicative and easy to work with. Highly recommend.
Posted by Nick | January 15, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Attorney Higgins is reliable, detail oriented, a good communicator, and genuinely cares about each client and case he is working on. I am very grateful to have worked with Joe.
Posted by Dylan | January 9, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Attorney Higgins is nothing short of excellent. From his knowledge and articulation of the law to his relationship with his clients, he is truly great. He answered every phone call and text message very quickly for a whole year and always informed me about everything happening with my case. When it was all set and done, all my charges were dropped, and it was all because of Attorney Higgins. I cannot recommend his service and expertise enough.
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Posted by Terry | January 7, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Attorney Joe Higgins represented me for an OUI charge and I would highly recommend him for his expertise and effectiveness in this area. I didn’t think I would be able to do anything but accept a plea bargain, but Joe saw issues and advised fighting the charges. He was right. Joe won motions to suppress statements I made as well as the breathalyzer test. This led the prosecutors to dismiss the case. What a relief. From the initial consultation to the final court appearance, Joe was remarkably communicative, calmly confident and very professional. I am so thankful I contacted Joe after my charges and recommend him without hesitation.
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Posted by Justin | January 5, 2024
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Highly recommend
Joe was highly recommended and did not disappoint. He is prompt, diligent, extremely knowledgeable and his experience in law was impressive and well beyond expectation. I would highly recommend his services to anyone, with full confidence.
Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best
I had the pleasure of hiring joe Higgins to represent me on my case. He was always there to answer any of my questions and was very educated on the matter. Joe is a great guy and I was very pleased on the not guilty outcome
Posted by Bryce | September 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
best choice
Overall had a great experience and very easier than expected. Mr. Higgins did an outstanding job representing me and had a great way of "dumbing things down" so that I could have a better grasp of the process. He handled everything and kept me updated the only thing I had to do was show up for the final court date. That was the first time that I met him as I am out of state and only spoke over the phone. I would recommend him to anyone as he is a great asset to have in your corner. I received not guilty.
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2023
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3rd offense
The consequences for a 3rd OUI conviction are severe. 6 months in jail and and felon status in society. I wanted to hire the best representation I could find so I contacted someone that works in the courtroom and has perspective - the attorney that represented me 10 years ago - he referred me to Joe. Hiring Joe was a great choice for me. It was a long process and I felt the weight of my circumstances every day - but hiring Joe gave me confidence that an expert was assessing the facts of the case, determining a strategy, and would execute on that plan on my behalf. In court Joe was precise, efficient and effective in his questioning. Not guilty on charges, not responsible for lane violation, judge accepted motion for license return. I am a satisfied client and would recommend Joe without hesitation.
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Posted by Timothy | August 1, 2023
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DUI
Joseph and his associates were fast acting, diligent, considerate and over all extremely professional. He is a great lawyer and I wouldn't want anyone else to represent me.
Posted by Sam | July 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Clear communications, helpful and great in the courtroom
On the surface, I had a positive outcome in court which is great. He was very clear in his communications, navigated the cross examination with ease, and kept bringing up more and more positive point for my case. He was excellent.
Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing for this job
As most of you don’t want to be in this situation of a dui, Joe is the man to hire if you find yourself there. He is so professional, prompt to answer, and so calm in the court room. If you find yourself in this situation I highly recommend Joe Higgins to represent you.
Posted by Chris | April 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A difficult DUI case that was dismissed today!
"I had the pleasure of working with Attorney Joe Higgins on a complex legal matter and I couldn't be more impressed with his professionalism and expertise. From the very beginning, Joe was attentive, knowledgeable, and compassionate. Throughout the entire process, Joe went above and beyond to ensure that my rights were protected and that I received the best possible outcome. His dedication and hard work were truly remarkable. Thanks to Joe's exceptional legal skills, I was able to achieve a favorable outcome in my case. I would highly recommend Attorney Joe Higgins to anyone in need of a skilled and dedicated lawyer. Thank you, Joe, for everything you did for me!"
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Posted by Derek | April 1, 2023
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Highly recommend
I highly recommend Attorney Joe Higgins, I was not happy with my original attorney, I was looking on the internet for a new attorney Joe's name popped up first,I gave him a call told him my situation and Joe got right to business,He handled my case and helped me out alot, I was happy with the end results.
Posted by Stacy | April 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don’t go it alone - Call Atty. Joe Higgins
Nobody wants to find themselves facing an OUI charge. It’s terrifying and mortifying. Atty. Joe Higgins returned my initial call on a Saturday morning from the golf course to see how he could help. He was was highly responsive throughout the whole ordeal and communicated the complexities of the law clearly and respectfully. I am pleased with the outcome and I know I could not have achieved it without his help. I highly recommend Joe Higgins.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2023
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Best DUI attorney in the south shore
I highly recommend Joe Higgins if you are in need of DUI defense. From the first meeting all the way to the dismissal of the case, his communication, professionalism, and skill were second to none. He was very responsive through out the whole process and made sure to explain every step of the process as it was happening. A DUI is a stressful situation in any one’s life, do yourself a favor and hire Joe to take some of that stress away! He was able to get my case dismissed and he made the path to the dismissal much less stressful
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Posted by Sal-G | March 27, 2023
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Second OUI
I was very lucky to have chosen Attorney Higgins to represent me when I was charged with a 2nd OUI which was a devastating event for me. He was extremely professional during the entire process and very helpful. His true brilliance was reflected in how he conducted himself in the trial, he was spectacular. His knowledge of his subject, his intelligent cross examination of the police officer and ability to point out to the inadequacies of the evidence presented against me was what led me to get a verdict of not guilty. He truly is the best at what he does. I highly recommend him for anyone who has been charge with an OUI. He has made a big difference in my life.
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Response from Joseph Higgins March 30, 2023
Sal-G: Thank you very much for taking the time to write this kind review. I enjoyed working with you and I am glad that we were able to achieve the desired outcome. Your recommendation truly means a lot to me. Be well and please stay in touch. - Joe
Posted by Scott | February 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best There Is
Hiring Joe was the best decision I have ever made. I unfortunately was facing a 3rd offense and was looking at mandatory jail time. My case dragged on for almost 2 years and throughout the entire process Joe was always responsive with any questions I had and each time we had to go to court Joe was prepared and made me feel assured. When the trial day finally came, I went with Joe’s advice, and we went with a Jury Waived trial. Through cross examination of the officer Joe was able to poke holes in the officer’s police report and prove to the judge the number of things I did right in the field sobriety test. Joe was able to quickly prove that the case did not rise to the burden of proof the State needed. We were able to obtain a Not Guilty Verdict on all counts and won the motion with the judge to reinstate my license. If you are ever in an unfortune situation like this, do not look any further, Joe is the person to hire.
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Response from Joseph Higgins March 21, 2023
Scott: Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I know that it was a long haul dealing with COVID-19 continuances, but I am glad that we were able to achieve you a Not Guilty verdict in the end. I hope work is going well for you and that you'll be getting out on the links this season! All the best. - Joe
Posted by Bill | February 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expert advice and representation
Atty. Higgins was very knowledgeable in my complex case and was able to take the time to explain in simple terms what the options were. Although difficult, he was able to successfully resolve the matter in an expedient time frame. Anyone who is skillful in their own profession can recognize the same in others practicing theirs.
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Response from Joseph Higgins March 21, 2023
Bill, I appreciate your kind words. I am happy that we were able to put this behind you in a timely fashion. It was a pleasure working with you. Please call me on my cell phone if you have any questions in the future.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Milligan & Higgins
  • 2014 - Present
  • OUI DUI Attorney
  • The Law Office of James M. Milligan, Jr.
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Joseph J. Higgins, III
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Plymouth County District Attorney's Office
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Cooley Manion Jones, LLP
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Superior Court Intern
  • The Honorable Regina L. Quinlan
  • 2007 - 2007
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Education

  • The National College for DUI Defense
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2013
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Connecticut College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lynn District Court - Commonwealth v. S.G. (Massachusetts State Police)
  • Not Guilty
  • Brockton District Court - Commonwealth v. B.B. (Massachusetts State Police)
  • Not Guilty
  • Newburyport District Court - Commonwealth v. F.B. (Amesbury PD)
  • Not Guilty
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Plymouth District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Superb Top Attorney DUI
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice DUI
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Superb Top Attorney DUI
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice DUI
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • New England Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • ASLA
  • 2014
  • Superb Top Attorney DUI
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Boston Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • New England Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice DUI
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • "10 Best" Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Auto Stops
  • 2016
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Auto Stops
  • 2015
  • WBZ News Radio 1030
  • Drunk Driving Laws and Penalties in Massachusetts
  • 2014
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Auto Stops
  • 2014
  • Social Media & Bullying Forum
  • Social Media and Anti Bullying Panel Discussion
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (12)
Endorse Joseph
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Joseph is an outstanding DUI attorney. Highly recommended!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"It is my pleasure to endorse Attorney Joseph Higgins. I know Joe to be an accomplished and knowledgeable lawyer. I first met him when we worked together as prosecutors in the Plymouth County District Attorneys Office. It is once again my privilege to work with Joe as DUI Defense Attorneys. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and an experienced trial attorney. Joe has an undeniable skill in assisting his clients both in the courts as well as at the registry. I highly endorse Attorney Higgins as a both a coworker and a DUI Defense Attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is has a great deal of knowledge not only in DUI, but also in the complexities of the Registry of Motor Vehicles. I recommend him for all my clients who have DUI issues."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a professional, results oriented lawyer who I would recommend to anyone. With over 150 jury trials, Joe is a skilled trial attorney and strong negotiator who achieves results in a cost-effective manner."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Atty. Higgins is one of the brightest young lawyers in defending those accused with OUI/DUI/DWI. He has transitioned from the DA's Office into private practice seamlessly. He is committed to his client's best interests. Atty Higgins is hard working and always prepared. I am glad to have him in my office as he is truly an asset."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Higgins and I have worked together on several matter over the last two years. He is extremely talented and an asset to the specialized field of DUI defense in MA. Joe has also helped several of my clients achieve successful outcomes at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Any time a client calls me with an RMV issue, I send them right to Joe and he is able to help the steer through the pitfalls of the RMV system. I highly endorse Attorney Joe Higgins."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Higgins is a zealous advocate for his clients and maintains a vast knowledge base that benefits both clients and the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Friend
"I have had the privilege of knowing Attorney Higgins both personally and professionally and I have found him to be one of the most committed and compassionate criminal defense attorneys in Eastern Massachusetts. Attorney Higgins has the trial experience and skills necessary to be a strong advocate for your criminal matters and will provide you with the personal attention your case deserves."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is an energetic and driven attorney with substantial courtroom experience. It is my pleasure to endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"“Joe is an outstanding attorney with an incredible knowledge of the law, excellent trial skills and a network of friends and colleagues that he has developed over his years as an attorney that will be a tremendous benefit to his clients. Joe has the ability to understand the problem then work with all of the parties involved including clients, police officers, opposing attorneys, probation officers and court personnel to arrive at the best outcome for his clients. He is a talented and professional attorney with a history of success, exceptional intelligence and a warm personality that envelopes his clients in the knowledge that they have hired the right attorney to handle their problem. He has my highest recommendation and I look forward to continue working with him in his new practice.”"
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Hanover DUI and DWI Lawyer Joseph John Higgins III
Joseph John Higgins III
DUI and DWI Attorney
Hanover, MA
Licensed for 14 years
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