You Need Lawyers Who Know the Lay of the Land

We fight hard every day with our unmatched professional experience and unparalleled reputation for achieving quality results for our clients.

You Need Lawyers Who Know the Lay of the Land

We fight hard every day with our unmatched professional experience and unparalleled reputation for achieving quality results for our clients.

You Need Lawyers Who Know the Lay of the Land

We fight hard every day with our unmatched professional experience and unparalleled reputation for achieving quality results for our clients.

You Need Lawyers Who Know the Lay of the Land

We fight hard every day with our unmatched professional experience and unparalleled reputation for achieving quality results for our clients.

At the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War, Union Brigadier General Gouverneur Warren looked out over the battlefield from atop the Union left flank at the famous landmark, Little Round Top.  He recognized the Union Army's vulnerability and took the initiative to assign troops to defend the hill at all costs.  He knew the enemy's strategy and he knew the lay of the land.  His experience, wisdom and decisive action were instrumental in the Union victory at Gettysburg.  

We are two prominent and experienced trial lawyers who know the lay of the land. As former state and federal prosecutors, we have the wisdom, experience and the drive to decisive action that you need to resolve your legal issues.  Our firm handles government investigations, white collar criminal prosecutions, environmental crimes, medicaid fraud investigations, DUI or DWI defense, and all types of felony and misdemeanor cases.  We also represent clients in general civil cases, such personal injury, wrongful death, contract cases, and commercial disputes.  We also represent clients in professional disciplinary matters.  Our client list includes multi-million dollar defense contractors, doctors, lawyers, bankers, as well as college students and average folks who are either injured or accused of, or being investigated for possible unlawful conduct.  We also handle appeals to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

We have significant experience in litigating complex federal cases, state cases, and simple, low-level misdemeanor and violation level cases.  We also have an active appellate practice.  We are the only two lawyers in our Firm, so when a client hires us...the client is getting us.

We have over 45 years of combined experience in state and federal court in New Hampshire.  

Practice Areas

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State and Federal Government Investigations

This Firm devotes much of its time and energy representing clients in the criminal justice system in state and federal courts.  We represent corporations and individuals. Some clients are accused of crimes, some are targets of investigations and some are witnesses.  Retaining a qualified lawyer early on in a case or investigation can make the difference between being charged with a crime and not being charged.

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Criminal Defense

The attorneys at Howard & Ruoff bring over four decades of collective experience both prosecuting and defending criminal cases to our clients. As a result of our experience, we have a thorough understanding of the procedural and legal issues directly related to misdemeanor, felony and criminal motor vehicle charges, and can assist you in negotiating what can be for many the overwhelming process of bringing a case to its ultimate resolution. In doing so, we will work with and for you to determine the best potential outcome for you and the most effective means by which to achieve it based on your individual circumstances, the facts of your case, and the particular prosecutor and judge involved.

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Motor Vehicle Violations/ DWI Defense

While violations are not crimes in the State of New Hampshire, there are consequences attendant to certain motor vehicle violations that can significantly affect a person’s ability to remain licensed to drive in this state. We are versed not only in the motor vehicle laws of this state but in the collateral effects of certain convictions on your driving record. We can explain this often confusing area of law to you, and provide representation with an eye towards minimizing the collateral effects of any conviction on your ability to remain licensed, or to obtain an original license.

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Divorce and Family Law

This area of law is often fraught with emotions and for that reason alone can be difficult to negotiate without the assistance of counsel. We provide compassionate representation in these matters, while maintaining an objective view of your case to ensure that you are protected.

Recent Blog Posts

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"Silence! This is NOT a Hockey Game!"

 "Silence! This is NOT a Hockey game!  This is a VERY serious matter!" The words of one of my all time favorite justices, Judge Walter Murphy.  He was reprimanding the audience in his courtroom after a verdict was announced.  I had "won" the case as a prosecutor.  I think about that comment every time I sit down at counsel table to hear a verdict.  Today, I realize that I didn't really "win" that trial.

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Trying to be heard....

Do you ever feel like when you complain, or point out something that you don't think is right, that it is like playing the violin in the wind?  Like no one can hear you.  Many times during my first meeting, I hear my clients complain about not being heard.  That their voices fall on deaf ears.  I am often asked, what is the best quality to look for in a lawyer?  Is it how well you know the law?  The Judge? The lawyer on the other side?  While all of these other questions might help, the truest answer is that the most effective lawyers listen.  They hear what you have to say, hear your side of the story.  That is the most important quality.  If a lawyer doesn't listen, he (or she) won't understand you or your problem.  He or she won't be able to make sure your voice is heard.  Keep that in mind if you ever need a lawyer.  Hopefully you will never need a lawyer, but most of my clients never thought they would need one either. Be heard.

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What should I do if the police - or agents - show up at my house or work and say they want to talk to me?

I often get asked: What should I do if the police - or agents - show up at my house or work and say they want to talk to me? I answer the question with a question: Have you ever watched the movie "My Cousin Vinny?"  If you haven't, you should.  There is one point in the movie where the young cousin is being interviewed by the police.  The police think he has just committed a murder, the young cousin thinks he is being interviewed about a petty theft of a can of tuna.  Within a minute, he inadvertently "confesses" to committing a murder.

Call us to talk about your case BEFORE you try to do anything yourself, BEFORE it is too late.