Did you see what you saw?

Did you see what you saw?

Statistics confirm that witness observations are usually incorrect in many important respects. Statistics also say that 78% of statistics are made up on the spot. Forget about statistics. What do you see with your own eyes? Take a moment and see if you can form a reliable memory of what your spouse, child, or roommate was wearing when he or she left the house this morning, or if you are at home, now, can you remember what they are wearing in the next room? No peeking? What can you identify? Glasses? Shoes? Belt? Socks? Shirt? Where was your attention before you were asked about such details? Unfortunately, although often unreliable, eyewitness testimony is often relied upon in catastrophic injury cases. Now, take a moment and really look at the item in the water in the photograph. How certain are you about what exactly you are seeing? Most people, if they are being honest, will have to concede that without more information it is almost impossible to be certain about exactly what they are looking at. It is a log? Perhaps a fish? Less likely, but surely possible. A crocodile? Wait, do they live in freshwater lakes? Is this a freshwater lake? An alligator then? Maybe. Who knows? Maybe the person who took the photograph knows. Maybe, the photographer knows, but then, did he or she really probe it with a stick, or throw a rock at it? Was this picture taken in a zoo? In the United States? In South America? In North America? The list of information you would need to know to reach any degree of certainty...
Arkansas Life Awards John C. Collins as Top Lawyer

Arkansas Life Awards John C. Collins as Top Lawyer

More About One of Arkansas’ Top DWI/DUI Attorneys Arkansas DWI attorney John C. Collins of Collins, Collins & Ray P.A has been recognized by Arkansas Life Magazine as a top lawyer in the region. Selected by the magazine’s readers, the top attorneys chosen for the feature received the most nominations, not only showing the quality of their work, but their attention to customer service. Collins, Collins & Ray PA is proud to have a partner chosen for the list. Prior to attending law school, John served in military and law enforcement roles. With public service at the heart of his previous career, John uses his talents as an accomplished DWI attorney to lecture frequently to a multitude of groups. From law enforcement training sessions and to sessions with other attorneys on a national level, John is well-known for his advocacy in fighting for justice for his clients. Speaking to Arkansas Life Magazine about the firm (one of his partners is his wife, Brandi), John said, “When we step into the ring, we fight,” he said. “Knowledge of the science, training and politics in this area of law helps us fight cases others may not take to trial.” John has been recognized by Super Lawyers, the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, and the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys for his accomplishments. He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Arkansas Bar Association. Check out the digital copy of John C. Collins’ feature article in Arkansas Life! Read...
Little Rock DWI Attorney John Collins to Present at Racing for Justice XIV

Little Rock DWI Attorney John Collins to Present at Racing for Justice XIV

Collins, Collins & Ray, P.A. 914 W 4th Street Little Rock, AR 72201 Phone: (501) 603-9911 For Immediate Release March 4, 2016 Little Rock DWI Attorney John Collins to Present at Racing for Justice XIV Little Rock DWI/DUI defense attorney to speak about DWI roadblocks in Arkansas. LITTLE ROCK, AR (March 4, 2016) – Little Rock attorney John Collins of Collins, Collins & Ray, P.A., will present at Racing for Justice XIV on Saturday, March 12 at The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs, AR. As a well-established authority in the field of DWI/DUI defense, Collins will deliver a talk on the state of DWI roadblocks in Arkansas. Recently, several DWI roadblocks conducted by state and local police in Arkansas have been the subject of scrutiny by Collins and the news media. Collins maintains that the police must always operate within the law when conducting DWI roadblocks or checkpoints. This includes respecting the fourth amendment to the United States Constitution which prohibits unlawful search and seizure of citizens and their property. Collins has presented on a wide variety of Arkansas DWI topics to fellow lawyers in the past, including arrest procedure and breathalyzer testing among others. As a former police officer and prosecuting attorney in Arkansas, Collins possesses a unique wealth of experience on DWI topics which he regularly shares through continuing legal education (CLE) events. All of the attorneys at Collins, Collins & Ray are committed to serve Arkansas with the best available legal counsel in DWI/DUI defense, personal injury, and insurance claim matters. About Collins, Collins & Ray Collins, Collins & Ray was formed between...
CCR Attorneys Present and Moderate 2015 DWI Institute

CCR Attorneys Present and Moderate 2015 DWI Institute

Attorneys John Collins, Brandi Collins, and Brian Ray of Collins, Collins & Ray, P.A. in Little Rock presented at and moderated the 2015 DWI Institute CLE program at the UALR Bowen School of Law last weekend. All attorneys presented at least two sessions each, and firm partner John Collins was a moderator for the entire event. At the two-day event, Collins, Collins & Ray presented CLE sessions on many topics relating to DWI/DUI defense law, such as alcohol offenses, breath testing, urine testing, drug recognition, courtroom defense, constitutional issues, and ethics. See below for the full agenda and pictures from this excellent educational event. For more information, contact Collins, Collins & Ray or call (501) 603-9911. 2015 DWI Institute: “My Case is a Wreck!” Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, 2015 UALR Bowen School of Law Moderators John Collins & Melanie Martin Friday, October 2 8:30-9:30 Alcohol Offenses Brandi Collins/Brian Ray Collins, Collins, & Ray Law Firm, Little Rock, Arkansas 9:30 – 10:30 Crash Data Recorder Officer Ralph Breshears Little Rock Police Department, Little Rock, Arkansas 10:30 – 10:45 Break 10:45 to 11:45 Standardized Field Sobriety Tests Brad Williams Bennett & Williams Law Firm, Little Rock, Arkansas 11:45-1:30 Lunch 1:30-2:30 Chemical Testing Discovery Evan Levow Levow DWI Law, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 2:30-3:30 Breath Testing John Collins Collins, Collins, & Ray Law Firm, Little Rock, Arkansas Laura Bailey, Director Office of Alcohol Testing, Arkansas Department of Health, Little Rock, Arkansas 3:30 – 3:45 Break 3:45 – 4:45 For the Defense: Making a Police Officer Your Witness John Collins Collins, Collins, & Ray Law Firm, Little Rock, Arkansas Saturday, October 3 8:30...
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