5.0 stars 22 totalReview Nicholas Howie
Posted by KB
I began working with Nick in winter of 2015. I had consulted a number of attorneys before deciding to go with Nick. What separated him from the others was his confidence. Not that he promised me a not-guilty verdict or a painless trial process, but that he had confidence in his ability to provide me the best legal counsel possible. You’d be surprised how many [top-notch] attorney’s I spoke with that seemed to lack this confidence. This confidence was important to me. How can I put my faith and my future freedom in the hands of an attorney that doesn’t even have confidence in himself?!
I had been charged with DWI and this was my first offense. I declined the breathalyzer and was cooperative throughout my time taking the field sobriety tests and during booking. As a single mother to three, I was obviously eager to move forward with my life and anticipating a plea to reckless driving or some other lesser offense. Imagine my surprise when I received notice that I was being charged with Aggravated DWI just before my ALS hearing.
Nick too, was surprised by this. Without using radar to clock my speed the officer included this charge based on having ‘paced’ my vehicle to the inflated speed of 70mph in a 35. I was shocked but Nick remained confident that we could get through this with a not-guilty verdict. The process was long and sometimes stressful. We knew that the circuit court judge would find me guilty but believe it or not, this was part of the plan and would allow me to appeal to the Superior Court. I would have my case heard before a jury of my peers and that was very important to me. As expected, I was found guilty and appealed to Superior Court.
From beginning to end, the officer’s testimony changed from one trial to the next. Nick was sure to make this known during every opportunity he was given. He was sure to put emphasis on these inconsistencies throughout his cross-examination of the officer during each of my trials. The jurors were able to pick up on this and it definitely shook the prosecutor. My first jury trial ended in ‘mistrial’ which was certainly frustrating but better than a guilty verdict. Nick and I had decided that having me testify during this trial was not the best idea but by the time my next trial date was set and a new jury selected, we decided that my testimony might be all that is needed to get those last few jurors feeling confident in supporting a not-guilty verdict. He took the time to walk me through the testifying process and we both entered that courtroom with confidence. Nick’s examination of me and the cross-examination of the officer were both thorough and to the point. Keeping his message simple allowed the jury to process the facts without being overwhelmed by technical details that only those in the legal profession may understand. His opening and closing statements were spot-on. Reasonable doubt was all that was needed and he was able to articulate several examples of this doubt in his delivery to the jury. We were right and the jury was gone less than an hour during my second trial before returning with a not-guilty verdict.
Throughout my yearlong journey to this not-guilty verdict, Nick was responsive to my calls and emails and stayed on top of my case. Making calls to the courts and filing paperwork, I know he had my best interest in mind throughout this time. I would recommend Nick to those finding themselves in this unfortunate situation. Stay positive and move forward with the peace of mind that comes along with hiring an attorney that knows what he is doing. You have so many other issues to deal with at this point—why add to it?
I’m happy to have had Nick on my side. He listened to my concerns, he eased my fears. He’s a great attorney and a good human being. Choosing the right attorney was the most important decision I made after my arrest. I’m confident I chose the right attorney to represent me.
Posted by a client
My step-son got into some trouble due to driving without a license. I called Nicholas Howie to try and see what he could do to help avoid a one-year loss of license ordered by the state. Mr. Howie really took the time necessary to understand our case and my step-son’s situation as a recovering addict. Mr. Howie’s price to help resolve the case was also very reasonable despite the complicated issues. At one point, due to these issues, the state was unwilling to budge on the loss of license. This was a horrifying situation as my step-son was finally making progress against his addiction and losing his license would not only cause him to lose his job but he would be unable to make his clinic appointments that are necessary to fight his addiction. This was a life threatening issue and the state could care less. This is when Mr. Howie got creative. Despite the harsh push back from the prosecutor and without changing his price Mr. Howie continued to negotiate over several weeks and finally, with my step-son’s approval of the terms, came to a solution that was accepted by the state. Negotiating terms aren’t always pretty but the end result was my step-son kept his license, kept his job, and continues to make his clinic appointments every day. I’m convinced that due to Mr. Howie’s experience and relentless effort not to give up, when I know at several times he could have, that my step-son now has a second chance that has likely saved his life, thanks to Mr. Howie.
Posted by LP
The service and representation which I received from Nick Howie was outstanding! I was charged with a DUI and had never had any previous problems with the law. I can honestly say I was scared of how such a serious charge would affect my life, both personally AND professionally. My case seemed to be a tough one and I obviously thought I would receive the worst outcome possible. I found Nick online and placed a phone call to him. He called me RIGHT back and was very responsive, calmly and thoroughly walked me through what our next steps would be and scheduled to meet with me shortly after. He answered EVERY question I had and I felt some relief knowing that I had someone with experience dealing with these cases on my side. Nick developed a strategy and fortunately, I was found innocent of the DUI charges. I can’t thank him enough and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a very responsive, and highly knowledgeable attorney.
Posted by a client
I came to Attorney Nicholas Howie staring at an OUI 2nd offense. I was nervous and unsure about the legal process. Attorney Howie was very patient as he explained everything step by step. Once at trial, he displayed an unparalleled knowledge of OUI law. I was extremely satisfied with my dealings with Attorney Howie and would recommend him to anyone in a similar position.
Posted by Sally
Nick Howie was clear and knowledgeable about what to expect during my boyfriends trial. He really made us comfortable about calling with questions and always returned our phone calls. We will always recommend his services and we are very thankful we hired him.
Posted by Nick
I reached out to 5 different lawyers before I decided to hire Nick Howie. Not only was he affordable, he brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the table.
He guided me through the whole process and he never once led me to believe any false expectations. He was always honest about everything.
One thing I noticed about Nick that really stood out, was the fact that he seemed to know everyone in the court. I remember during one of the court dates, he had me in/out of there within 30 minutes (he was able to talk with the court officer to put my file at the top.
During the trial, he had a great game plan. Even though the trial process was nerve wracking, he helped make me feel comfortable with this difficult situation.
After about 6 hours of Jury selection, testimony and deliberations, I was found NOT GUILTY!
If you need a great lawyer for an OUI case, I highly recommend Nick Howie! I would give 10 stars if I could.
Posted by Nelson
Last St. Pattys’s Day I did something pretty stupid: I thought it would be a good idea to drive into Boston after drinking. I was pulled over for speeding on 93 in Somerville, and after failing my field sobriety test, I was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated. It didn’t hit me how bad I had just screwed up my life until the next morning. I didn’t really know what to do, who to contact to represent me, or how much it was going to cost, so I did what any other person would do: I Googled it. I found the listing for Nick Howie, and after reading someone’s review of him, I thought he sounded like a stand-up guy. I went and met with him the following week and left his office with not only a better understanding of the procedures involved in a DWI case, but also with a huge weight off my shoulders. He was straight forward with me about our chances of beating the charges, he didn’t judge or look down on me for making a mistake, he didn’t take advantage of me when it came to his fees, he was generally a nice guy, and he was very pleasant and easy to talk to. It took a few months to resolve everything due to delays by the prosecution, but then my trial date came up and I’ll admit that I was extremely nervous. Nick was not only professional, but really knew what he was doing. If there is one thing in this world you want to see at your trial when the arresting officer is testifying, is a juror with a look of distrust on her face while shaking her head. I KNEW I was going to be ok after that. During deliberations, Nick hung out with me, we went and got a couple burgers for lunch, and when we came back we only waited about a half hour for the jury to complete their deliberations. Needless to say, I was found not guilty of the DWI and Nick was able to knock my nearly $500 speeding ticket down to $200. It was a really good day… When it comes to lawyers, Nick is one of the good ones. I’ve contacted him a couple times since then and I can always get ahold of him and he always sounds genuinely pleased to hear from me. If ever I’m in a situation where an attorney is required, I will never hesitate to trust Nick.
Posted by a client
My experience with Attorney Howie is noteworthy. I was arrested for an OUI in Salisbury, Ma and was tried in Newburyport District Court.
Attorney Howie is a very patient attorney whom I would describe as direct, say it like it is type, has passion and open-minded. Bottomline, he LISTENS to his clients and wants to help.
Results: Newburyport District Court, allegedly most difficult venue in the State of Mass to try an OUI. The judges are extremely professional, highly intelligent and seasoned experts. I think that place has a great deal of experienced attorneys and having an OUI there is challenging in itself. All Motions were denied and case appeared to be challenging. NOT GUILTY finding came back in about 40 minutes. Nick Howie did a great job on his closing and was articulate and focused.
Posted by DM
This last year I had been going through A LOT of personal issues in my life
and to top it off I was facing a DUI charge. I did lots of research and called
quit a few attorneys. Some never even called back. I called Nick Howie's
office and spoke with someone right away. She asked some basic
questions about the incident and assured me they would be in touch. I was
pleasantly surprised to get an immediate phone call from Nick. He never
limited the free phone call consultation and he stayed on the phone and
answered EVERY question I had (was very nervous being my first time
ever accused) and really provided a wealth of knowledge and advice
without the "guaranteed to win" attitude that most attorney's give just to get
your business. He was personable answering my calls and returned my
messages quickly. He was honest and genuine about my odds of winning
the case. He wanted me to have a sober expectation without promising me
something that may not be delivered.
I'm excited to say I received a not guilty verdict because of Nick Howie and
his expertise. Although there is absolutely no chance that I will find myself
in this predicament again I would HIGHLY recommend his services and
representation to anyone who finds themselves or an acquaintance in this
Posted by a client
I had situation where I was in the process of restoring my driver's license, after being suspended for a number of years for a DWI 2nd offense, but got set back when I found out the DMV imposed a 2 year suspension for a breathalyzer refusal that happened like 7 years ago. I had a habitual offender status at the time and didn't decertify myself accordingly when I was supposed to and waited until the last second before going in to restore my license. Because of that mistake, the 2 year suspension started on the day of decertification. I was so upset about this especially when the hearings examiner told me there was absolutely nothing I could do about it and I couldn't appeal the decision.
I decided to call some of the top DWI attorney's in the state to get some legal advice on whether or not something can be done about this. I had spoke with a hand full of lawyers and they all seemed hesitant, unsure, and didn't really show any confidence in taking on this case. They all said it was a difficult case and couldn't guarantee me the results I wanted and at least one of them wouldn't even take the case. I felt like there was no hope and was ready to accept my fate that is until I received a call back from attorney Nicholas Howie whom I had left a message with earlier. Nick was honest with me from the beginning and very confident he could have the 2 year loss of license revoked. He also claimed he knew the prosecutor and the arresting police officer involved. I couldn't believe what I was hearing and my gut feeling told me he was the one to get me out of this mess and so I hired him.
To make a long story short, Nick really did end up knowing everyone involved in my case and did exactly what he said he would do and convinced the prosecutor to revoke the 2 year loss of license for the breathalyzer refusal. It was such an exhilarating feeling when Nick called me to give me the news that the suspension was revoked. It felt like a miracle had happened because all of these other lawyers made it seem like it was going to be impossible to have the suspension removed. I never even had to step foot into a courtroom and it was all done behind the scenes. It was all taken care of in just a few weeks and was done at an affordable rate too! I owe Nick my life because of his marvelous work. Life is great right now because of Nick. I honestly don't know how things would of turned out if I never hired him. He's very honest, upfront, and also a man of his word. Simply the best attorney I have ever worked with. I will always refer you and thank you so much from the bottom of my heart Nick.