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 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (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 Board Certified in Crimnal Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, which is accredited by the American Bar Association. He is 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 frequently at the Texas Bar Juvenile Law Conference but also, in accordance with Texas juvenile criminal law, fully familiarizes himself with forensic aspects of adolescent psychological development.

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.

Mr. Collins is also a member of MENSA and is a past president of South Texas MENSA, a contributor to the San Antonio Express News as a guest legal columnist, and makes frequent appearances on local radio and television stations, including Texas Public Radio.

*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, Misdemeanor, Sex Offenses, Criminal Domestic Violence

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

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%)

Focus Areas

Criminal Law, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Sex Offenses, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2018

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Kevin Collins

Admitted: 1990, Texas

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

Honors/Awards:

  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense, 2018
  • Selected one of San Antonio's Top Defense Attorneys based on local peer review, San Antonio Scene Magazine, 2018
  • Selected by Best Lawyers in America as one of America's Best Law Firms in the area of Criminal Defense, Best Law Firms in America, 2018
  • Selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas 2012-2017, The National Trial Lawyers Association- Top 100 in Texas, The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Selected to Outstanding Lawyers by the San Antonio Business Journal, 2015
  • Best Law Firms in America, Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Fellow, San Antonio Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Best White Collar Criminal Lawyers, San Antonio's Scene Magazine, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense, 2016
  • Best DWI Lawyers, Best Criminal Defense Lawyers, Scene in San Antonio Magazine, 2017
  • Achieved highest rating in AVVO 2011-2018, 2018
  • Named One of San Antonio's Best Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007 - 2009, 2011-2017, SA Scene Magazine
  • Best Criminal Lawyers, San Antonio's Scene Magazine, 2015
  • National Board Certified Attorney, Criminal Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2017
  • AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Member, Delta Theta Phi, 1983 - 1986

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified, Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1993
  • Board Certified, Criminal Trial Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy, ABA accredited, 2017
  • Board Certified, Juvenile Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2004

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • 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
  • Speaking to area high schools on the topics of Vaping, Sexting, Bullying and Alcohol/Drugs, 2018
  • 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
  • Raise the Age, San Antonio Express News, July, 2017, addressing the need for the Texas legislature to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility from 17 to 18., 2017
  • Participated in panel discussion concerning Gideon v. Wainwright and the Right to Counsel, NPR, 2013
  • Cellphones and the Right to Privacy in Schools, article published in the San Antonio Express News, 2015

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Upcoming lecture to Bexar County Juvenile practioners concerning Motions Practice in Juvenile matters, 2018
  • Spoke at the Bexar County Juvenile Law Seminar on the Collateral Consequences of School Disciplinary Hearings, 2013
  • 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
  • Mental Health Checks and Guns, San Antonio Express News, Author, 2013
  • 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
  •  2014 San Antonio Bar Association Juvenile Conference;  Parallel Consequences of Delinquent Conduct, Speaker, 2014
  • An examination of cases involving prosecutorial immunity and misconduct and the threat of civil liability., Author, "Justice For All", Criminal Defense, 2010
  • Spoke at the Texas Bar Juvenile Conference, "Parallel Consequences of Delinquent Conduct", 2015
  • Lecturer, "Ethical Considerations: Pleas and Trials", 24th Annual Juvenile Law Conference, Juvenile Law, 2011
  • Guest Speaker, Changes in Juvenile Law, KENS TV Interview, 2016
  • Lecturer, "Chapter 55 Proceedings", 36th Annual Advanced Criminal Law Course, Criminal Law, 2011
  • Legal analysis of the causes, effects, and prevention of Cyber Bullying., Understanding and Preventing Cyber Bullying, San Antonio Lawyer Magazine, 2017
  • Analyzing the dynamic tension between security and personal privacy rights., Author, TSA Enhanced Security Procedures, San Antonio Inside Business Journal, Criminal Defense, 2011
  • 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
  • "Seeking Justice, Not Just Convictions"
  • 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
  • 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
  • Discussion of the nature, history, and future of criminal jurisprudence, Lecturer and Author, Philosophy of Criminal Law, University Of Texas-San Antonio, 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
  • Tips for the medical professional to avoid fraud., Author, Protect Your Practice, NSIDE Publications, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • "The Practice Of Juvenile Law Is Not Child's Play"
  • "Newest Trends in Juvenile Law"
  • "The Scarlet Letter Of Juvenile Sex Offender Registration"
  • "12 (not so) Angry Men and Women"
  • "Economy Bad, White-Collar Crime Good!"
  • "Advanced Trial Strategies," TDCLA, 2010
  • "Juvenile Mental Health Issues," Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, 2010
  • "Juvenile Age and Jurisdiction Issues," Juvenile Nuts and Bolts Seminar, 2009
  • Frequent Guest Speaker for www.mylegal.com
  • Topics Editor, University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, 1986
  • 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, 2004
  • 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
  • Speaker, "Juvenile Sex Offender De-registration," Texas Bar Juvenile Law Conference, 2005
  • 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
  • Speaker, "Juvenile Sex Offender De-registration," Texas Bar Juvenile Law Conference, 2007
  • 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
  • Spoke at the Texas Bar Juvenile Conference concerning Sealing of Juvenile Records, 2014
  • The texting ban in San Antonio will be more difficult to enforce and prosecute than intended by lawmakers, San Antonio Express News, 2010

Representative Clients:

  • Ex parte Kevin Rowe, WL 250078 (Tex. Crim. App.), 2009
  • In Re M.R-A Minor Child, 975 S.W.2d 51, Tex. App.-San Antonio, 1998
  • 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: 10/1/2018

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