For most people, being arrested is a scary, confusing experience. Then, soon after this experience, you are faced with what can seem like an overwhelming process: Finding a lawyer to represent you in court. This is not something that should be taken lightly, especially when so much is riding on the outcome of your case. The lawyer you hire has many roles in the handling of your case. Of course, it is the lawyer’s responsibility to speak for you in court, but he or she also has many other functions throughout the handling of your case. It is the lawyer who must explain the process to you and answer any questions you have, making sure you understand the issues and what to expect. The lawyer is your connection to the prosecuting attorney and the police officers — they gather the information the prosecution has and plans to use against you in court.
AY Magazine’s Arkansas Best Lawyers: Brian Ray 2020, 2021
American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys – 10 Best Client Satisfaction: John C. Collins 2016
Arkansas Life Magazine’s – Top Attorneys: John C. Collins 2016, 2019
You need a lawyer who will be able to get all the evidence available and be savvy enough to know when the evidence, though it may look damaging, can be used favorably for you. Drunk driving cases are loaded with scientific evidence and rely heavily on the training and education received by the police officers involved. Therefore, these cases should be handled by attorneys who focus their practice on DWI charges; otherwise, the attorney is not likely to keep up to date on the current DWI science, testing, and law, all of which are often quite complicated. We also understand the nuances of potentially serious crimes, such as drug charges and gun offenses. The best way to come at these cases is to negotiate from a position of power, knowledge and, most of all, experience. The team at Collins, Collins & Ray have represented people with varying degrees of drug charges for 20 years.
What our attorneys offer is a fighting chance. We are trial lawyers who do not take cases to settle. We take on only the most serious cases with the highest stakes. These types of cases require an aggressive team who isn’t afraid to stand up and fight for clients at trial. Our results-driven, whatever-it-takes legal representation has helped individuals across Arkansas with a variety of needs.
Client Not Guilty of DWI-Drugs.
Client was found Not Guilty of all charges.
Client was found Not Guilty of all charges.
The attorneys at Collins, Collins & Ray are honored to have been selected by many Arkansas organizations to lecture on topics involving DWI law. The following is a list of speaking presentations made by attorneys of Collins, Collins & Ray to other attorneys, police officers, law students, legal professionals, etc. throughout Arkansas. Some of the presentations were given as training, while others were simply informational. Many of the speaking engagements included information on field tests, breath tests, blood tests, best defenses, and procedural pitfalls for DWI/DUI arrests.
This list has not been updated with the most recent training but is merely a sampling of the topics, audience, and frequency of the lectures we have given:
- Criminal Justice Institute in Ft. Smith (Drug Recognition Expert Training) in 2019
- Little Rock Police Academy (Courtroom Testimony) in 2019
- Ft. Smith Police Department (Standardized Field Sobriety Testing) in 2019
- Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (DWI/Drugs) in 2019
- Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc. (Standardized Field Sobriety Testing) in 2019
- Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Cross Examination) in 2019
- Criminal Justice Institute-Jonesboro (Drug Recognition Expert Training) in 2019
- Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Jury Trial Strategies) in 2018
- DUI Defense Lawyers Association – Philadelphia (Jury Trials) in 2018
- Criminal Justice Institute – Russellville (Drug Recognition Expert Training) in 2018
- Best of CLE (DWI) in 2018
- Little Rock Police Academy (Sobriety Testing) in 2017
- In Service Training (Blood Draw Cases) in 2017
- Impaired Driving Conference (DWI/Drug Cases) in 2017
- Everything You Need to Know About DWI (DWI) in 2017
- Arkansas Bar Convention (DWI Legal Updates) in 2017
- Everything You Need to Know About DWI in Fayetteville for the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2017
- Webinar on DWI for Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association in 2017
- Racing for Justice (Roadblocks) in 2016
- Little Rock Police Academy (Standardized Field Sobriety Testing) in 2016
- In Service Training (Standardized Field Sobriety Testing) in 2016
- In Service Training (Drug Recognition Expert) in 2016
- “Halting the Vampires/Bad Blood” Presentation at the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2016
- DWI and Field-Testing Presentation at the Arkansas State Police Training Academy in 2016
- 118th Annual Arkansas Bar Meeting: Cross Examining a Police Officer in 2016
- Standardized Field Sobriety Training: Little Rock Police Department in 2016
- In-Service Training for Fayetteville Police Department on Drug Recognition Experts in 2016
- DWI Roadblock Presentation at Racing for Justice XIV, Little Rock Arkansas in 2016
- DWI Institute Presentation and Moderation for CLE at the UALR Bowen School of Law in 2015
- Chicago Presentation to the DUI Defense Lawyers Association in 2015
- DWI Institute Presentation Sponsored by the Pulaski County at the Verizon Arena in 2014
- Taught Standardized Field Sobriety Tests Course with National Expert Tony Corroto in 2014
- Criminal Post Trial Procedures Taught at UALR Law School in 2014
- Betting on Justice XIII – DWI Day in Tunica, MS in 2014
- DWI Trouble Presentation to the Arkansas Bar Association in 2013
- Criminal Jury Trials from Start to Finish to Various Arkansas Criminal Defense Lawyers for NBI, Inc. in 2013
- DWI Training at Little Rock Police Academy in 2013
- DWI Law on the Crime Chronicle radio talk show in 2013
- DWI Training to State Troopers at the State Police Troop School for the 2012 and 2013 Class
- DWI Trial Practice for William H. Bowen School of Law Criminal Trial Practice Course in 2012 and 2013
- DWI Defense for the Arkansas Paralegal Alliance in 2013
- Blood Draws and Roadblocks at the William H. Bowen School of Law for the Fourth Amendment Class in 2013
- DWI Training for the Little Rock Police Academy for 2012 and 2013
- Drugs that Impair Driving to a Group of Arkansas Defense Lawyers in 2012
- Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) to the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2012
- Topics Related to DWI law on Law Call Television Show in 2011
- DWI and Drug Arrests at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Police Department in 2011
- Advanced DWI Training for the Hope Police Department in 2011
- DWI Jury Trial Techniques Taught at the William H. Bowen School of Law to Various Arkansas Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2011
- Drugs Recognition Expert Training to a Group of Various Law Enforcement Officers for the Criminal Justice Institute in 2011
Can a prior DUI be used to enhance a prior DWI?
No, under Arkansas law, a DUI cannot be used to enhance a DWI. For example, if you get a DUI when you are 19 and then get another DUI when you are 20, it will be a DUI-2. But if you then get a DWI when you are 21, that will be a DWI-1, and the DUIs will not be used to enhance the DWI to a DWI-2 or DWI-3.
Can a prior DWI be used to enhance a DUI?
Yes, a prior DWI can be used to enhance a DUI.
Is the look back period ten years from when I got my first DWI or ten years from when I plead guilty?
Enhancement for prior DWIs and DUIs during the 10-year look-back period are determined from the date the violations occurred rather than the date of conviction.
How long do the Courts look back when determining if this is a 1st or subsequent DWI or DUI?
The Courts will look back ten years.
60+ Years of Combined Experience
Each of us has worked in public service and has dedicated our professional development to helping others.
We get to know our clients on a personal level, which is necessary in serious cases that require a vast amount of attention, knowledge, and experience.
We have your best interest in mind.
Our main focus is to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
Former police officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys
We have a wealth of experience in these areas, giving us a unique perspective when handling your case.