Kevin L. Collins

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in San Antonio, TX

The Law Offices of Kevin Collins
 | 106 South St. Mary's Street, One Alamo Center, Suite 260
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210-223-9480
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
Attorney Profile

Kevin L. Collins has practiced law for more than 25 years, primarily in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, and the surrounding areas at The Law Offices of Kevin Collins. He received his bachelor of arts from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1983 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1986. Mr. Collins is a board-certified specialist in both criminal law and juvenile law as recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is also a member of the Sentencing Committee of the National Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association. As a specialist in juvenile law, Mr. Collins not only lectures every year at the Texas Bar Juvenile Law Conference but also, in accordance with Texas juvenile criminal law, fully familiarizes himself with the psychological development of adolescents.

Mr. Collins is a former federal law clerk and assistant district attorney, so he has a healthy perspective from all sides of the courtroom. This insight has led to his enormous success, which has been recognized by his peers in Martindale-Hubbell's AV-Preeminent* rating. He is a member of both the National and Texas Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has represented hundreds of clients in both federal and state courts; he has successfully defended clients alleged to have been involved with murder, child pornography, sexual misconduct, assault and other charges, including driving while intoxicated. In many of his cases, the charges were summarily dismissed; in some other cases, the charges were reduced or the client was released with time already served. His personal philosophy is to live by the canons and zealously defend each client to his utmost ability. Because of this dedication, he has been awarded the title "One of San Antonio's Best Criminal Defense Lawyers"  since 2007.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (40%): Criminal Law, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Sex Offenses

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%)

Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%): White Collar Crime

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Criminal Law, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Sex Offenses

Criminal Defense: White Collar: White Collar Crime

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2017

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About Kevin Collins

Admitted: 1990, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.kevincollinslaw.com/attorneys/kevin-collins/

Honors and Awards:

  • Best DWI Lawyers, Best Criminal Defense Lawyers, Scene in San Antonio Magazine, 2017
  • Best Law Firms in America, Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • National Board Certified Attorney, Criminal Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense, 2016
  • Best Criminal Lawyers, San Antonio's Scene Magazine, 2015
  • Selected to Outstanding Lawyers by the San Antonio Business Journal, 2015
  • Best White Collar Criminal Lawyers, San Antonio's Scene Magazine, 2014
  • Achieved highest rating in AVVO 2011-2016, Rated 10.0, AVVO Ratings system
  • Selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas 2012-2015, The National Trial Lawyers Association- Top 100 in Texas, The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Named One of San Antonio's Best Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007 - 2009, 2011-2015, SA Scene Magazine
  • Member, Delta Theta Phi, 1983 - 1986
  • Fellow, San Antonio Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified, Juvenile Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2004
  • Board Certified, Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1993

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Juvenile Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2015
  • Member, Sentencing Committee, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Texas Bar Foundation
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1998
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1990
  • Texas, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1986
  • Missouri, 1986
  • American Inns of Court
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • San Antonio Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Member, San Antonio Bar Foundation
  • Master, William S. Sessions Inn of Court
  • Member, Criminal Law Section, San Antonio Bar Association, 2003 - 2004
  • Prosecutor and a Member, Criminal Law Section, San Antonio Bar Association, 1999 - 2001

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Cellphones and the Right to Privacy in Schools, article published in the San Antonio Express News, 2015
  • Police Body Cameras, article published in the San Antonio Express News, 2015
  • Participated in panel discussion on Texas Public Radio concerning issues with the Bexar County Public Defender's Office, 2014
  • Kevin Collins has announced his campaign to educate parents and students of area middle and high schools about the legal repercussions of common juvenile crimes: bullying, sexual harassment through text messaging  and hazing, 2013
  • Participated in panel discussion concerning Gideon v. Wainwright and the Right to Counsel, NPR, 2013

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Legal analysis of the causes, effects, and prevention of Cyber Bullying., Understanding and Preventing Cyber Bullying, San Antonio Lawyer Magazine, 2017
  • Guest Speaker, Changes in Juvenile Law, KENS TV Interview, 2016
  • Spoke at the Texas Bar Juvenile Conference, "Parallel Consequences of Delinquent Conduct", 2015
  • Spoke at the Texas Bar Juvenile Conference concerning Sealing of Juvenile Records, 2014
  •  2014 San Antonio Bar Association Juvenile Conference;  Parallel Consequences of Delinquent Conduct, Speaker, 2014
  • Mental Health Checks and Guns, San Antonio Express News, Author, 2013
  • Spoke at the Bexar County Juvenile Law Seminar on the Collateral Consequences of School Disciplinary Hearings, 2013
  • Practical guidance for  practitioners concerning the pitfalls of appellate and writ proceedings in juvenile matters, Lecturer and Author, Ethics in Writ and Appellate Proceedings, Texas Bar Juvenile Conference, 2012
  • Discussion of the nature, history, and future of criminal jurisprudence, Lecturer and Author, Philosophy of Criminal Law, University Of Texas-San Antonio, 2012
  • Collins is the only Texas-based attorney selected to contribute to the book, which was released on August 31 and features the writings of other legal minds, including Rhonda M. Copley, Eric J. Zogry and Mark W. Helwig. Collins' chapter focused on juvenile law, Featured Author, of Juvenile Criminal Defense Strategies 2012 ed. Leading Lawyers on Examining Recent Trends in Juvenile Law and Building a Successful Defense (Inside the Minds) , Aspatore Books, 2012
  • Save both your career and your reputation from the severe penalties of health care fraud by diligently maintaining your documentation and keeping up with the ever-changing health care benefit system., Author, Protect Your Practice, NSIDE Magazine, 2012
  • Chapter 4: Kevin Lloyd Collins, Managing Partner, Kevin Lloyd Collins, Attorney at Law PC - Juvenile Defense: It Is Not Child's Play", Author, Inside the Minds: Juvenile Criminal Defense Strategies, 2012
  • Collins spoke about determinate sentencing and transfers cases in efforts to continue educating the Texas lawyers and members of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer Association. , Featured Speaker, Determinate Sentence and Transfer Cases- Juvenile Law Seminar , 2012
  • Tips for the medical professional to avoid fraud., Author, Protect Your Practice, NSIDE Publications, 2012
  • Juvenile Criminal Defense Strategies provides an authoritative, insider's perspective on best practices for representing juvenile clients in criminal cases. Featuring partners and chairs from some of the nation's leading law firms, this book guides the reader through the process of gaining familiarity with the juvenile court system and its many players, and the importance of understanding the differences between the adult and juvenile court systems. These top lawyers provide guidance on getting to know juvenile clients, understanding the juvenile code and its structure, and becoming familiar with the community partners who are available for assistance. Finally, these leaders share their thoughts on the value they bring to the lives of their juvenile clients and the communities in which they live. The different niches represented and the breadth of perspectives presented enable readers to get inside some of the great legal minds of today, as these experienced lawyers offer up their thoughts on the keys to success within this dynamic field. Inside the Minds provides readers with proven business and legal intelligence from leading C-Level executives and lawyers. Each chapter offers thought leadership and expert analysis on an industry, profession, or topic, providing a future-oriented perspective and proven strategies for success. Each author has been selected based on their experience and C-Level standing within the business and legal communities., Co-Author, Inside the Minds: Juvenile Criminal Defense Strategies, 2012 ed. , Aspatore Books, 2012
  • Lecture to the Texas Judicial College on topics including Bullying, Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Sex Offender Registration., Lecturer and Author, Trends in Juvenile Law, Texas Judicial College, 2012
  • This article explores the recent Supreme Court jurisprudence in the area of the 5th amendment, particularly the newly articulated principle that requires on to speak up to invoke the Miranda right to be silent., Author, "You Have the Right to Remain Silent . . . If you Speak up", San Antonio Lawyer and San Antonio Nside Magazine, 2012
  • Analyzing the dynamic tension between security and personal privacy rights., Author, TSA Enhanced Security Procedures, San Antonio Inside Business Journal, Criminal Defense, 2011
  • Lecturer, "Chapter 55 Proceedings", 36th Annual Advanced Criminal Law Course, Criminal Law, 2011
  • Lecturer, "Ethical Considerations: Pleas and Trials", 24th Annual Juvenile Law Conference, Juvenile Law, 2011
  • The texting ban in San Antonio will be more difficult to enforce and prosecute than intended by lawmakers, San Antonio Express News, 2010
  • An examination of cases involving prosecutorial immunity and misconduct and the threat of civil liability., Author, "Justice For All", Criminal Defense, 2010
  • A look at what Justice Elena Kagan brings to the table as President Barack Obama's second Supreme Court appointee., Author, "Justice Elena Kagan Ready for Prime Time", Criminal Defense, 2010
  • This article explores the benefits of social media for the legal industry and some things to avoid in order to stay within your state's rules and regulations., Author, "Social Media: A Guide for Lawyers", Criminal Defense, 2010
  • The evolving definition of "child's best interest" is explored as the article compares "bad kids" vs. "good kids"., Author, "The Case on Juvenile Law", Criminal Defense, 2010
  • An exploration of how serving on a jury helped one lawyer see things differently and become a better lawyer., Author, "12 (not so) Angry Men and Women", Criminal Defense, 2010
  • Using examples from the past and present, Kevin Collins illustrates what White Collar Law means for today's economy., Author, "Economy Bad, White Collar Crime, Good!", Criminal Defense, 2010
  • Author, "Section 1988 Attorney's Fees: Awards Should be Liberal to Encourage Vindication of Civil Rights," University of Missouri at Kansas City Law Review, Vol. 54, No. 4
  • Speaker, "Juvenile Sex Offender De-registration," Texas Bar Juvenile Law Conference, 2007
  • Speaker, "Juvenile Sex Offender De-registration," Texas Bar Juvenile Law Conference, 2005
  • Speaker, "Juvenile Sex Offender De-registration," Texas Bar Juvenile Law Conference, 2004
  • Topics Editor, University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, 1986
  • Frequent Guest Speaker for www.mylegal.com
  • "Juvenile Age and Jurisdiction Issues," Juvenile Nuts and Bolts Seminar, 2009
  • "Juvenile Mental Health Issues," Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, 2010
  • "Advanced Trial Strategies," TDCLA, 2010
  • "Economy Bad, White-Collar Crime Good!"
  • "12 (not so) Angry Men and Women"
  • "The Scarlet Letter Of Juvenile Sex Offender Registration"
  • "Newest Trends in Juvenile Law"
  • "The Practice Of Juvenile Law Is Not Child's Play"
  • "Seeking Justice, Not Just Convictions"

Representative Clients:

  • In Re M.R-A Minor Child, 975 S.W.2d 51, Tex. App.-San Antonio, 1998
  • Ex parte Kevin Rowe, WL 250078 (Tex. Crim. App.), 2009
  • Heard v. State, 995 S.W.2d 317, Tex. App.- Corpus Christi, 1999

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Chaired the Texas Bar Juvenile Conference, 2015

Educational Background:

  • University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A., 1983
Office Location for Kevin L. Collins

106 South St. Mary's Street
One Alamo Center, Suite 260
San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone: 210-223-9480

 

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Last Updated: 2/6/2017

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