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At the Law Offices of Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, we handle all types of criminal and civil cases ranging from family and domestic law, personal injury law, medical malpractice, administrative law, misdemeanor criminal offenses and DUI's to felony criminal offenses to included homicides and white-collar cases. Our office is experienced in handling state cases throughout California and federal cases throughout the United States. We work diligently with our clients to provide them with the best representation possible. We take pride in our ability to effectively communicate with our clients and guide them through what can be a very difficult experience.

Our office has a reputation of achieving success through an aggressive and thoughtful approach. From unique settlements to trials, we work with our clients to make decisions that are best for them.

James L. Knox is a highly experienced attorney who has successfully handled thousands of cases. Mr. Knox and his partners have appeared in virtually every courthouse in Southern California. The Southern California criminal justice system is highly complex and at times even finding the right courthouse is a daunting task. Wherever your legal matter is pending, we have the experience and skills to get you results.

We know what it feels like to have a loved one in jail. If you have a family member or friend held in any of the Southern California jails, we can assist with their immediate release. Call us before contacting a bondsman. Not only will we get you out of jail, but we will defend your case as well. Mr. Knox can often negotiate a lower bail amount and sometimes arrange for a release on your own recognizance. If a bond is required, Mr. Knox can help you easily obtain a bond with the best possible terms.

Avoiding jail is a goal of almost every client. Due to family and work commitments a jail sentence can often involve losing more than just the time served. Alternative sentencing is not available in every case and every case is different, but our office strives to find an alternative to jail whenever possible. If you want to find out if we can help you find an alternative to jail, call now and ask to speak directly with Mr. Knox.

We realize that this is a difficult time for you and your family. Our office will take the time to ensure that you are informed during each phase of your case. Please contact us for a private consultation.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 30%
    19 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    19 years
  3. Family: 20%
    19 years
  4. Child Support: 10%
    19 years
  5. Child Custody: 10%
    19 years



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  • Aniko R. Hoover

    I endorse this lawyer. James is great! He really knows his suff! A great asset to AVVO!


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP

323 West Court Street Suite 402
San Bernardino, CA, 92401


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Law FirmInland Empire Magazine2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 100Southern California Super Lawyers2013
Client Excellence AwardInland Empire Magazine2013
Top Law FirmInland Empire Magazine2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top ContributorAvvo2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Law FrmMartindale-Hubbell2009
NCDDTrial AwardNational College for DUI Defense2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Lw FirmMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2006
Judicial Ethics for Temporary Judges Certificate of CompletionSan Bernardino County Bar Association2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2005
Public ServiceCSUSB2005
Trial CertificateNational College for DUI Defense2002
Trial CertiicateCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice2001
California DUI Trial CertificateCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2000
Academic ExellenceCalifornia State University, San Bernardino1994
National Political Science HonorsPi Sigma Alpha1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMilligan,Beswick,Levine,& Knox,LLP2005 - Present
AssociateDill & Showler2003 - 2005
OwnerKnox Law Offices2002 - 2003
AssociateKassel & Kassel1997 - 2002
Legal InternSan Bernardino Couty D.A. Office1995 - 1997
Legal InternSacramento County District Attorney1995 - 1996
Police OfficerUnited States Air Force (Active Duty)1987 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2006 - Present
San Bernardino County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2002 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1998 - Present
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1997 - Present
State Bar of California, Criminal Law SectionN/A1997 - Present
San Bernardino County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sanchez v. ValverdePetition granted, license returned
Jones v. ValverdePetition granted, license returned
People v. JohnsonDismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
CSUSB NewsletterBasic Legal Advice2011
Criminal Jusice SymposiumUnlawful Searches2001
California Defense MagazineDMV Strategies1998
California State Univeristy Political Science JounalRiparian Rights in International Law1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
California State University, San BernardinoPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal LawCriminal Procedure2015
CSUSB Stuent UnionDivision of Community Property2014
CSUSB Student UnionChild Custody & Visitation2013
CSUSB Student UnionFamily Law/Domestic Violence2012
CSUSB Student UnionFamily Law2011
CSUSB Student UnionFamily Law2010
CSUSB Student UnionFamily Law2009
CSUSB Student UnionFamily Law2008
California State Univerisity Career DayCareer Building2008
CSUSB Student UnionFamily Law2007
CSUSB Student UnionFamily Law2006
Crafton Hills CollegeCriminal Procedure2006
CSUSB Student UnionFamily Law2005
San Bernardino Bar AssociationDMV Strategies2001
Annual ConerenceCriminal Law1999