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About me

I am a former police officer and former deputy prosecutor that takes representing my clients seriously.  I have two wonderful boys and a beautiful wife.  My wife Brandi is also an attorney with the Collins Law Firm.  We will handle your DWI or Drug case anywhere in Arkansas.  We have attended some of the most sought after courses on DWI and Drug cases in the nation.  I also have been asked to lecture attorneys and police officers across the State on topics associated with DWI and drug cases.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 90%
    16 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    16 years



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

22 total 

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  • Cody Wayne Dowden

    I have known John since my days as a prosecutor where we tried many cases against each other. Since becoming a defense attorney myself I have consulted with John on numerous occasions regarding DWIs, including attending classes taught by him. John has the experience and temperament to be an asset to anyone unfortunate enough to need a DWI attorney.


    Cody Dowden DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Collins Defense Law

912 W. 4th Street
Little Rock, AR, 72201

Collins, Collins & Ray

300 Stateline
Texarkana, AR, 71854



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nation's Top 1%National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
FacultyDUI Defense Lawyers Association2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Who's Who'sGlobal Directory2015
Top Ten AttorneysNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Top FiftyNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Forensic ChromatographyAmerican Chemical Society2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI CasesNational College for DUI Defense2011
Best of the Best Attorneys in Hope, ARHope Star2010
Certificate in Mastering Scientific EvidenceNational College for DUI Defense2009
Certificate Fundementals or Firearm ProsecutionNational District Attorneys Association2002
Certificate-Saving Lives; Saving FuturesProsecutor Coordinator's Office2002
Advanced Certification in Law EnforcementTCLEOS1998
Commendation for Service providedCity of Wake Village1996
Letter of CommendationBowie County Sheriff's Office1996
SASSI TrainingTexas Alcohol & Safety Education Agency1996
Honorable DischargeUnited States Army1996
Certificate Drugs, Guns, and GangsLaw Advisory Group1996
Certification Instructor and AdminsistratorTexas A&M1996
Certificate in Child AbuseKilgore College East Texas Police Academy1995
Certificate in Family ViolenceKilgore College East Texas Police Academy1995
Letter of CommendationMesquite Police Department1995
Letter of CommendationMesquite Police Department1995
Certificate in Crime Scene SearchMesquite Police Department1995
Certification Sexual Assault InvestigationTCLEOS1995
Certificate in Cultural DiversityKilgore College East Texas Police Academy1995
Crime Prevention CertificationTCLEOS1994
Letter of CommendationMesquite Police Department1994
Letter of CommendationMesquite Police Department1994
Letter of CommendationMesquite Police Department1994
Letter of CommendationMesquite Police Department1994
Letter of CommendationMesquite Police Department1994
Letter of CommendationMesquite Police Department1994
Letter of CommendationMesquite Police Department1994
Auto Theft Investigator CertificationTCLEOS1993
Field Training Officer CertificationTCLEOS1993
Intermediate Certification for Law EnforcementTCLEOS1993
Certificate in Ethics in Law EnforcementDesoto Police Department1993
Letter of CommendationMesquite Police Department1993
Certificate in Officer Street SurvivalTexas Department of Public Safety1993
Cerification Basic Spanish for Law EnforcementTCLEOS1992
Certificate in Use of ForceDallas County Sheriff's Academy1992
Standardized Field Sobriety CertificationNational Highway Traffic Safety Admin1991
Basic Certification for Law EnforcementTCLEOS1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCollins, Collins & Ray, P.A.2002 - Present
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyGarland County Prosecuting Attorney's Office2002 - 2002
AttorneySouthern & Allen1999 - 2002
Administrator/Instructor for Alcohol Education ProgramWake Village Police Department1996 - 1997
Police officerTexas Commision of Law Enforcement Officer Standards1991 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationFounding Member2014 - Present
American Chemical SocietyMember2012 - Present
National College for DUI Defense, Inc.General Member2008 - Present
Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Pulaski County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Arkansas Bar AssociationMember2001 - 2003
Arkansas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2001 - 2003
National District Attorneys AssociationMember2001 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Williams (Pulaski Co)Not Guilty
State v. Bell (Pulaski Co)Case dismissed
State of Arkansas v. Michael Johnson (Miller Co.)Not Guilty after appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lorman Education Services publicationDWI in Arkansas2007
Lorman Educational ServicesStandardized Field Sobriety Tests in Arkansas2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Texas A&M University, TexarkanaPsychologyOther - Bachelors1997
Kilgore CollegeBasic Law EnforcementCertificate1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Troop SchoolDWI2015
Summer Session in ChicagoDWI Defense2015
Last Chance CLEDWI2015
Troop SchoolDWI Trials2014
DWI SFSTStandardized Field Sobriety Testing2014
Detection of Impaired DriversStandardized Field Sobriety Testing2014
Detection of Impaired DriversDWI2014
Criminal Post TrialCriminal Law2014
Betting On Justice XIIIDWI2014
Troop schoolDWI training2013
Criminal Trial PracticeDWI trial Practice2013
Arkansas Paralegal AllianceDWI Defense2013
4th AmendmentBlood draws and Road Blocks2013
Troop SchoolDWI2012
Police AcademyDWI2012
Drugs that Impair DrivingDrugs that Impair Driving2012
Criminal Trial PracticeDWI2012
Betting for JusticeDrug Recognition Experts2012
Standardized Field Sobriety TestsCross Examination2011
Law CallDWI2011
in-service trainingDWI and Drug arrest2011
Hope Police In-Service TrainingDWI2011
DWI Trial TechniquesDWI Jury Trial2011
DWI DrugsDrug Recognition Expert Training2011
In-service TrainingCourtroom Testimony and Demeanor2008
DWI Continuing Legal EducationDWI in Arkansas2007
Strategies in handling dwi and dui cases in ArkansasStandardized Field Sobriety Testing2006
Discussion Panel on Law Firms and TechnologyTechnology in the Small Law Firm2006