Meet The DWI Attorneys
Arkansas DWIs can be won; just not all of them. Our Attorneys win a lot of Arkansas DWIs, even at times when our clients have been told by other attorneys that their case was unwinnable. Our success comes from analyzing and attacking the science behind the machine. Our attorneys have received extensive training related to the scientific evidence presented in DWI cases. An Arkansas lawyer must understand how the machine works to be able to tell you if it was right in your DWI or DUI case. When it’s serious… call one of our Little Rock attorneys for a full case review.
John C. Collins
John Collins started his career as a police officer where he served as a field training officer, patrolman, investigator, and instructor of an alcohol education program. John went on to become a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Garland County. Mr. Collins has conducted several courses dealing with Arkansas DWI DUI offenses and has been a guest speaker for Arkansas law enforcement training sessions on topics related to DWI DUI. Mr. Collins sat as a Special Judge in the numerous Arkansas District Courts. Mr. Collins is a member and a former State Delegate of the National College for DUI Defense, Inc., A Founding Member, currently on the Board of Directors, a faculty member and former State Ambassador of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. John is also a member of the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Inns of Court, and the American Chemical Society. John was voted Best of the Best Attorneys in Hempstead County in 2010, has received the Client Distinction Award, and been named by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, has been named as a Super Lawyer by Memphis Magazine, a Top Attorney by the Legal Network, has been ranked as a superb attorney by AVVO.com with a 10 out of 10 rating and, most recently, is the published author of the DWI Book for the State of Arkansas.
Brandi Collins graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, , and graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, AR. where she was on the law journal. Ms. Collins was previously counsel for a group of trucking and trucking brokerage companies. In that capacity, she reviewed or litigated regulatory issues involving the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, contract formation, business start-up, corporate formation and business litigation. Her experience relates to the heavily regulated areas of law such as DWI, Business Start-up, big truck accidents, and regulatory compliance issues. Ms. Collins’ areas of practice include various aspects of criminal law, with a concentration in DWI, DUI, Drug cases, commercial litigation, and personal injury. She has attended the Mastering Scientific Evidence course in New Orleans on several occasions. This course was designed to teach attorneys the science behind alcohol related issues. It discusses the effects of alcohol on the human body, the standardized field sobriety tests, problems and science of the breath and blood tests, and upcoming legal issues related to DWI. She has also attended the Intensive DWI workshop taught at Harvard Law School and the Drugs that Impair Driving course taught by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration certified instructor. Brandi is also a member of the National College for DUI Defense and is a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. She is an award winning attorney has been named as one of the top dwi attorneys in Arkansas.
A long-time Arkansan, Mr. Ray graduated Summa Cum Laude from Henderson State University before earning his Juris Doctor from the William H. Bown School of Law, where he is qualified for membership to the Who’s Who Among American Law students. Mr. Ray has earned the respect of both his clients and peers by being named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbel for demonstrating the highest possible ethical standards and legal ability. And, he has earned a rating of “10.0 – Superb” from the online legal directory, Avvo, where peers and clients have posted their rankings in terms of knowledge, trustworthiness, responsiveness, and keeping clients informed. He is a regularly sought out speaker for legal education seminars for attorneys in Arkansas. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Ray served in the United States Marine Corps, and later as a Police Detective. Additionally, Mr. Ray has worked as a Special Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and applies his significant law enforcement experience and deep knowledge of the criminal justice system to those accused of crimes. Mr. Ray is a member of the Masonic Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Arkansas Bar Association.
A native Arkansan, Matthew French grew up outside the small town of Moro in the Arkansas Delta. Though their family had little, Matthew’s mother worked three jobs to make sure they had everything they needed. His mother instilled in him a positive work ethic and a drive to help others. After graduating from Brinkley High School, Matthew attended the University of Central Arkansas double-majoring in History and Political Science. Following graduation, Matthew started his first career as an educator teaching disadvantaged youth at Ouachita Job Corps in Royal, Arkansas and at Hot Springs Middle School. While continuing to teach, Matthew went back to school to earn his law degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. While a student, Matthew earned five “Top Paper” awards and graduated Cum Laude.
Matthew has a passion for helping families and children, which has led him to handling domestic relations cases, such as divorces, child custody, and child support disputes. Matthew understands the many family dynamics that can lead to the need for legal assistance. Like many in Arkansas, Matthew grew up in a home touched by the tragedy of drug use and domestic abuse. He appreciates the myriad of reasons that may call for the end of a marriage. Matthew provides his clients not only with legal counsel and fierce advocacy, but also support during a deeply difficult time in a person’s life.
The many areas of the law are often interconnected. Matthew works with individuals and families with estate planning to plan for the future and protect valuable assets. Matthew handles some criminal defense matters including DWI and drug possession charges. Matthew also has experience representing clients through the often-complicated issues surrounding personal injury, and ensures that his clients receive what is owed to them for their losses.
Matthew is driven by a passion for helping others, and he is happy to speak with anyone about their case to see if he can provide assistance.