Posted by anonymous
Matt Nichols is, hands down, the best attorney money can buy. I have used his services (along with those of his associate, Sarah Churchill) on three different occasions concerning OUI charges, and have never been let down. Matt Nichols knows his way around the legal system, and he always makes sure you know exactly what to expect every step of the way. The last time I hired Matt to represent me, I was facing felony OUI charges that threatened to greatly derail my life; Matt was able to work out a deal with the D.A. that would greatly reduce my sentence. Both Matt and his legal assistant Joanne were quick to respond to any questions I had during the process, and also provided continued support in the aftermath.
The greatest thing about having Matt Nichols in your corner is that he genuinely cares about his clients. This is not just a job for Matt; I can earnestly say that his support went far beyond what you would expect from a typical attorney-client relationship. I had no doubt that he was truly fighting for me 100%, and I couldn't have been more pleased with the results.
I can't say enough good things about Matt Nichols; he is worth every penny!
Posted by anonymous
Right from the start during the initial consultation I knew I had made the right choice in selecting representation for my DUI. Matt's approach in my case, expertise, and guidance proved to be very effective throughout a process that involved the BMV, the ADA and the Courts. Both Matt, and his extremely capable legal assistant, Joanne, were responsive in a timely manner to my questions along the way. Their knowledge and professionalism helped me to be well informed and patient with the system. Knowing exactly what to expect made it easier for me to cope with the process and prepare for what lay before me. And it all payed off....I couldn't be more satisfied with the results.
Posted by Chris
I can't imagine a better team to defend your OUI arrest...Very thorough in following all aspects of the arrest record. Attorney Matt Nichols and his team (particularly his incredibly helpful assistant, Joanne) are extremely responsive to your inquiries regarding the process of your defense, and keep you informed of deadlines and important dates along the way. I don't believe there is anyone in the legal profession better versed in OUI law in Maine than Matt Nichols. Trust me, he is your best defense...
Posted by anonymous
Matt was an ace in all hearings. We had the fortune of going head to head with a "loose cannon" of an officer, and Matt made sure to exploit that but never play the bad guy.
The facts he found in my defense could not be refuted, his angle of attack was dead on - at the time I would have preferred going after the officer more overtly, but Matt's experience kept him on a line that didn't jeopardize my case with the hearings officer (former police man) or the district attorney.
At times I second guessed the way the case was proceeding, but in the end Matt not only beat the refusal, but also the criminal charge. He knew what had to be done, tactfully made the conclusions for the hearings officer and district attorney, and fed them the answers.
It's very clear that he has years of experience and volumes of knowledge in this field, and if you're in a position where you need an expert in this field, then look no further!
Posted by Bill
Matt was the ultimate professional. I would recommend him.
He kept me informed on all that was going on at all times. He filled me in on how everything was going to take place, and what my options were at all times. I am not from Maine and not only did he keep me updated on what to expect in Maine, but also what to expect in my home state.
He arranged it so I did not have to appear at my first hearing.
The bottom line is that wile I pleaded guilty, it was to the lesser charge of driving to endanger and not D.U.I.
Posted by anonymous
I would recommend Matt to anyone who is in need of a DUI lawyer. This experience was not easy and Matt helped me through the entire process. Every step he was there to explain what I needed to do and why. Not only was this experience an awful one but it is extremely confusing and Matt was there to explain all steps, options and possible outcomes. Matt was also willing to meet on the weekend to accommodate my work schedule.
Not only was Matt great but his inside team, Joanne, was great too. She has worked in the system for years and if Matt was not around, she had the answers to all my questions. She is very knowledgeable and always followed up with me on appointments and forms I needed to send in.
I HIGHLY recommend sitting down with Matt for a consultation if you have been pulled over for DUI. You need to be educated and consulted throughout this process and Matt is person you want to talk to and represent you.
Posted by Amanda
I contacted Matthew in order to help me with a case where I was caught shoplifting. He not only charged me a reasonable price, but was quick to make contact with me and let me know what he could do for me. I am in school to be a teacher, and was very concerned about having such a bad choice affect my career. Matt was able to reassure me that such a juvenile choice was not going to stay on my record as far as he was concerned. I was scheduled for court on three separate occasions, and I was fortunate to not have to attend any of the hearings. Matt really took care of me. He was relatively good about answering emails, and was always available to talk on the phone when an appointment was made. He knew exactly what to do! My case was dropped completely, and I couldn't be more lucky to have Matt perform such a task! I would certainly recommend this great lawyer to anyone and owe him a lot of gratitude for what he was able to do for me.
Posted by anonymous
I went to Mr. Nichols in search of someone that had the most obvious depth in knowledge of DUI cases. I felt as though he was friendly but informative. Although, in my particular case I had nothing much in my favor to get away with my actions, Mr. Nichols was able to get me the best possible outcome and avoid a much harsher punishment to which I am grateful. He has experience and knowledge and is prompt and thorough. He gets results.
Posted by Vincent
I hired Attorney Matthew Nichols about one year ago, after I was arrested and charged with OUI while on vacation with friends and family in Maine. As an out of state resident, I was unfamiliar with the laws and procedures in the state of Maine. I spent a considerable amount of time researching both, and scheduled a number of consultations with local trial attorneys that specialized in criminal defense, specifically representing individuals charged with OUI. I spoke with five attorneys before my initial consultation with Attorney Nichols. From the first time that we spoke and every time thereafter, Attorney Nichols was professional, thoughtful and conveyed a level of expertise that distinguished himself from his peers. He anticipated, and precisely answered all of my questions. Additionally, Attorney Nichols identified and discussed all of the collateral consequences associated with the pending case and any potential outcomes. Most importantly, he was sensitive to my lack of familiarity the with the criminal justice process in the state of Maine, and took time to thoroughly explain, in terms that I could understand, everything that I could expect to encounter moving forward.
During this stressful and uncertain time, I took great comfort in the fact that Attorney Nichols was always accessible by both telephone and email, and he encouraged me to contact him with any questions or concerns that arose, regardless of the hour. In addition to accessibility, I appreciated Attorney Nichols’s candor and honesty. At every stage of the process, he explained both the “good and the bad,” leaving no room for surprises. Contrary to comments offered by a previous reviewer, Attorney Nichols never once lectured me or judged the questionable behavior that culminated in my arrest. Instead, he was thoughtful, professional and respectful at all times.
Attorney Nichols always arrived to court early and prepared, and his knowledge of the law and ability as a trial attorney was impressive to watch. I noticed that his colleagues, including the state prosecutor and the judge that presided over my case, addressed Attorney Nichols with a level of deference that could only have been earned though many years of ethical and zealous advocacy on behalf of his clients. In fact, I was not surprised at the conclusion of my trial when the judge returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY.
Posted by anonymous
Matthew B Nichols has a fair amount of knowledge in Maine oui knowledge but his professionalism is atrocious. He does not care for your personal situation if not to criticize your personal habits where his opinion is not required or grounded. His work with the district attorney was not based on attempting to make a better deal but keeping up his personal relationship with the DA.
While I was with him and requesting professional advice he would dismiss my question until he was done dealing with the other lawyers in the immediate vicinity. Even when he was giving his advice he would take time to talk to his fellow lawyers before getting to my questions.
As far as the litigation goes, during my hearings he was spending most of the time on his phone instead of being actively involved. He let far too much on record then was relevant.
As a lawyer his aptitude was deplorable. As a professional he was egotistical. I would not recommend hiring this lawyer. If you do choose to; do not pay him up front.