Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox

Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox

California Personal Injury, Criminal Defense and Family Law Attorneys

Firm Overview

Whether it's a DUI, a divorce, or a slip and fall injury at the grocery store, we are here to help people who never imagined they'd need an attorney. Our San Bernardino law firm is committed to giving advice and assisting you in achieving a successful outcome no matter how simple or complicated your case may be. We provide experienced legal counsel for our clients in Southern California court and administrative hearings, ensuring that we put all of our resources to work for you throughout the litigation process.

What We Offer

The attorneys in our firm have extensive experience in diverse areas of the law and have helped numerous clients reach their goals. We are proud of the significant accomplishments our lawyers have made throughout their careers. Our partner, Stephen Levine, is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Defensean honor given to only the top criminal law attorneys in California. Jon Hegness, who practiced for 33 years as Deputy District Attorney with San Bernardino County, is of counsel to our firm. Together, we have argued hundreds of jury trials and handled thousands of cases.

Because complicated legal matters often require extensive resources, we frequently partner with experts and investigators to strengthen our cases. We leverage the professional relationships we have for the benefit of our clients. No matter what area of law, we have people who can examine your case closely, making sure the attorney has the information needed to move forward in your best interest. Because no two cases are exactly alike, we will ensure that we understand what you want, and work toward that goal.

Our Expertise

Misdemeanors and Felonies
No one ever thinks they will get into legal trouble and require the services of a criminal defense attorney. Yet, every year many people find themselves caught off-guard, rushing to find a lawyer they can trust. All of our attorneys are able to handle cases ranging from white collar crimes to drug charges and DUI defense. We also deal with property felonies, including burglary (residential and commercial) and theft (petty, grand and identity). Every person, no matter how heinous the crime, is entitled to representation, and we will do our very best to protect your rights and see that you do not become just another face in the system.

Managing Family Upheaval
Divorce and child custody arrangements are a reality for many families these days. Southern California has one of the highest divorce rates in the nation. The end of a marriage or domestic partnership does not have to cause financial hardship. Our attorneys can guide you through the divorce including offering assistance with child custody and support issues, property and finances division, domestic violence and protection orders. We can also help parents stay on the right side of the law when they need to relocate with their children from California to another state or country.

Mistakes and Accidents
Due to negligence, or human error, accidents happen daily and can result in wrongful death. Our firm can assist with truck, car, or motorcycle collisions making sure that you know what to do immediately following an accident. We also handle medical malpractice cases including those leading to death due to negligence.

We are dedicated to helping clients achieve their goals and protect their rights. We will be happy to sit down with you to determine what is needed for your case. Contact our team of attorneys today about putting our resources to work for you.

Main Office

Main Office
323 W. Court Street, Suite 402
San Bernardino, CA 92401



Criminal Defense

At the Southern California law firm of Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP, our criminal law attorneys include partner Stephen Levine, who is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

All of our attorneys are trained in criminal defense or criminal prosecution and have years of criminal trial experience. Our attorneys' cumulative criminal law experience gives us the necessary knowledge base to confidently defend clients against any type of criminal charge.
Local Attorneys With a Long History in San Bernardino County and Riverside County Criminal Courts

Each of the partners of Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP has already accumulated many years of successful legal practice in San Bernardino, Riverside and the surrounding areas. Our professional approach to criminal defense work has gained us the respect of our peers in the legal community. This respect is illustrated by the fact that many of our criminal cases come to us as referrals from other lawyers in the area. We are deeply familiar with the required procedures in the local criminal courts and we have appeared many times before most of the local criminal court judges and magistrates.

Aggressive Defense From Lawyers Who Respect Our Clients: From Traffic Tickets to Death Penalty Cases

-In the criminal justice system, even a so-called slap on the wrist can really hurt. Traffic tickets, shoplifting arrests or drug possession charges can have hidden long-term consequences. At Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP, we give the same level of serious attention to each client who retains one of our criminal defense lawyers.
-If you want to fight a speeding ticket or DUI arrest to keep your criminal record clean and your insurance rates down, we can help.
-If you are under investigation by your employer or the police for financial crimes such as embezzlement or real estate fraud, we can provide advice and counsel before any criminal charges are filed.
-If your child has been arrested, we will handle the 602 hearing, defend your child against the charges and negotiate as necessary with the county probation department.
-If you are facing burglary and theft, or other property crime charges, we can structure an aggressive defense on your behalf to deal with the charges and potential for jail time.
-If you have been arrested on any type of drug charges possession, distribution or manufacture we will protect your constitutional rights and challenge the evidence against you.
-If you have been arrested on domestic violence charges, we will defend you against the criminal charges and protect your right to a civil hearing before any permanent restraining order is issued.
-If you are facing criminal charges for any type of violent crime or homicide, we have criminal law attorneys with significant experience in high-consequence and high-profile criminal cases.
-If your civil rights have been violated, we can explore how to handle any illegal search and seizure issues that have occurred in your criminal case.

James Knox

Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox

At the Law Offices of Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, we handle all types of criminal and civil cases. Cases range from family and domestic law, personal injury law, medical malpractice, administrative law, misdemeanor criminal offenses and DUI's to felony criminal offenses including 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. James Lawrence Knox and the team take pride in their ability to effectively communicate with 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.

Areas of Practice:
-70% Criminal Law
-20% Family Law
-5% Administrative Law
-5% General Civil Law
-Custody & Visitation
-Traffic Violation

Litigation Percentage:
-95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:
-California, 1997
-U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2002

-McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
-California State University, San Bernardino, California
---B.A., with Honors
---Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships:
-California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 1999 Present
-National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006 Present
-State Bar of California, 1997 Present
-San Bernardino County Bar Association,1998 Present

Pro Bono Activities:
-California State University Legal Clinic, 1998 Present

-Pi Sigma Alpha


University of the Pacific
Juris Doctorate,

C. Patrick Milligan

Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox

Areas of Practice:
-40% Criminal Defense
-40% Personal Injury
-20% General Trial

Litigation Percentage:
-100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:
-California, 1961
-U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1961
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1961
-U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1961
-U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1961

-Stanford Law School, Stanford, California, 1961
-Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 1959
---Major: Pre Legal Sciences

Representative Clients:
-Workers Elected Officials

Professional Associations and Memberships:
-San Bernardino Municipal Water District, 1964
-President, Board Member

Past Employment Positions:
-Milligan and Beswick, 1961 2007

-Delta Chi

Stephen P. Levine

Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox

I have been engaged in the practice of law since 1977, honing my skills first in the courtroom as a San Bernardino County Public Defender before opening my own law office in 1986 and adding family law to my list of focus areas. I am an experienced lawyer, aggressive in the courtroom but down-to-earth, honest, and supportive with my clients. Whether you have hired me as your divorce lawyer or your defense attorney, you can expect that I will put your best interests first.

I take great pride in providing high quality legal representation to my clients, as well as excellent service. I am one of only five criminal defense attorneys in San Bernardino County to be a Board-certified specialist in criminal law. In order to be certified as a specialist, an attorney must pass a written exam, demonstrate a high degree of experience in his or her specialty field, complete ongoing educational requirements, and be favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with one's work.

Personal service is the hallmark of my office. As my client, you will be treated with respect and understanding. Each step of the legal process will be explained to you and you will be kept informed at all times of any new developments.

If you are seeking a knowledgeable, experienced San Bernardino divorceLiNK or criminal LINK attorney who gets results, contact my office to schedule an appointment.

Areas of Practice:
-Alimony & Spousal Support
-Child Support
-Childrens' Rights
-Criminal Fraud
-Criminal Law
-Custody & Visitation
-Domestic Violence & Neglect
-Drug Violations
-Family Law
-Juvenile Crimes
-Parole & Probation
-Sex Offenses
-Traffic Violations
-White Collar Crimes

-Certified Specialist In Criminal Law
-California Bar Board of Legal Specialization
-Criminal Law, State Bar of California, 1995

Bar Admissions:
-California, 1977
-U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1977
-U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1977

-Western State University College of Law, San Diego, California, 1976
---Law Review: Western State University of Law Review, 1975
-Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, 1973
---Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships:
-California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
-California Public Defenders Association
-National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-California Bar Association
-San Bernardino County Bar Association
-Family Law Council of San Bernardino County
-Veterans Alcohol Recovery Services, 1995 Present
-Chairman of Board

Past Employment Positions:
-San Bernardino County Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender, 1978 1988


Western State University College of Law
Juris Doctorate,

Jon Timothy Hegness

Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox

As a Deputy District Attorney for 34 years, J. Timothy Hegness has a unique and unparalleled insight into the workings of the criminal justice system that separates himself from his peers. J. Timothy Hegness has seen and done it all in his career.

Since leaving from my position as a Deputy District Attorney, I have focused entirely on criminal defense. My many successes have included defending major drug cases including possession, dealing, transportation and manufacturing), homicides, vehicular manslaughter, robbery, theft, burglary, numerous white collar crime cases, political corruption cases, and many drunk driving and traffic offenses. I will work tirelessly to insure my clients get the best possible representation each and every step of the way.

With my nearly 40 years experience, all my clients can be assured of having a competent, caring, aggressive and knowledgeable attorney on their side. Please contact us for a private consultation.

Areas of Practice:
-100% Criminal Law
-Traffic Violations

Litigation Percentage:
-100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:
-California, 1972

-Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
-University of the Pacific, Stockton, California
---Major: Economics

Representative Clients:
-Southern California Edison
-O'Reillly Enterprises

Classes/Seminars Taught:
-Instructor, San Bernardino County Public Defender

Professional Associations and Memberships:
-State Bar of California

Past Employment Positions:
-San Bernardino County, Deputy District Attorney, 1973 2007


Southwestern University School of Law
Juris Doctorate,