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9 years ago
03/18/2012, 03:23 AM
Do not hire him! He told me at a minimum 5 times that he was nervous to go into my sentencing because it was his first time alone at a sentencing even though he has owned his own practice for 6 years. When the judge if he had anything to say, he shrugged his shoulders and just repeated what the D.A. had said. When they brought up my mental history, he made no reference to my court appointed psychiatrist and his findings that I am now mentally healthy. He told me and I quote, "It doesnt matter what I say, the judge will make her decisions." It is a lawyers job to argue your point of view, and point out inaccuracies, to be prepared, and make sure all the correct paperwork is before the judge. He did NONE of that. He didnt even inform me that I could have had letters submitted to the judge by people affected by my sentencing. When I questioned him about that, he said he didnt hear the judge even ask for them. HE WASNT EVEN LISTENING TO THE JUDGE!! He kept coaching me what I needed to say but, he said nothing in my defense. He is a defense attorney and said nothing in my defense. I got an excellent sentencing but, it had nothing to do with Mr. Howsie if I did not cooperate with the government and get a 5K I would be so screwed right now. This is absolutely not bitter grapes or a payment dispute, this is simply to warn anyone who is relying on their attorney to really step up and fight a good fight for you, DO NOT HIRE ELLIOTT HOWSIE! He is just awful and borderline incompetent.