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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The Economics of Solving the Heroin Epidemic

Heroin is cheap, abundant in supply, high in demand, and very addicting.  Because of its explosion in "popularity" economic forces have made the heroin of today much more potent (or pure) than yesteryear's opiate.  Lots of it. Very pure. Cheap.  A perfect storm for an addict.  For the past 30 years, the Government's War on Drugs has sought to fight the War by attacking the first two pillars of the drug trade:  its supply and its price (by reducing supply).  Drug interdiction, breaking up cartels, going after the drug dealers.  Experience has taught us that the drug trade routes are manned with Hydras.  Take one down and three more take its place.  The War on Drugs has never really focused its efforts - or its money - on the third pillar:  demand.  In economics, demand drives everything.  It drives price and supply.  Any economist will tell you that.  To my Wharton School Friends...yes, I know I am over-simplifying this.

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Three letters to beware: BWI - Boating While Intoxicated...

Tis the boating season.  By all accounts, the boats are out in force on NH's lakes in record numbers this summer.  So are the Marine Patrols.  What many do not realize is that the same alcohol prohibitions that apply to driving a car...also apply when piloting a boat...no matter how big or how small it is.  What's more? Here's the part that catches MANY by surprise:  A conviction for BWI will result in the loss of your license to drive a car...not just the boat.  So, by all means, enjoy the recreation of boating, the sand bars, the water skiing, the wake boarding, the tubing, the sunset cruises along a placid lake.  Just be careful, and be mindful that BWI might spill over into your "real" life.

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Beware Internet-based legal advice!

I was recently talking to a new client who had - prior to coming to me - actually PAID for online internet legal advice.  Unfortunately the advice was completely wrong....and not just "wrong" in the sense that two attorneys might disagree about the advice...but "wrong" in the sense that the online lawyer (for $85) told the client about a Massachusetts DWI statute.  Not New Hampshire where the client was actually being prosecuted.  I saw the print-out of the conversation - he told the client that Mass law would apply to the client's NH case because the client was from Mass.  Sound Reasonable? It's not true.  

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