If you have been charged with a criminal offense or are a juvenile facing a charge in the district courts, you might be scared. You may fear for your future and for your freedom. Whether you’ve already been arrested or are in the midst of an investigation as you read this, you need the strongest protection against the state offered by an attorney who handles every case personally and –doesn’t treat you as some hypothetical criminal. For more than 27 years, San Antonio’ s Kevin Collins has represented clients in San Antonio and throughout the state of Texas. With a dual certification in criminal law and juvenile law from the State Bar of Texas, you can rely on the law office of Kevin L. Collins, P.C.
Kevin Collins has the extensive experience you need for a wide range of Texas criminal charges, from traffic infractions to murder. If you have been charged with a crime in the South Texas area, including Bexar County, we can help. We represent individuals charged with any adult or juvenile offense occurring in Texas, including:
Sometimes a judge or jury arrives at the wrong verdict, leading to wrongful convictions. In many cases, rulings are incorrect because of technicalities or mistakes made during a criminal investigation or trial. But other times, due in part to human error or even poor criminal defense in San Antonio, innocent people face unjust convictions and sentences for crimes they did not commit. In Texas, perhaps no wrongful conviction is better known than that of Randall Dale Adams, whose case was the subject of the documentary film The Thin Blue Line. More recently, there is the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton that changed the face of Texas criminal discovery.
If you are the victim of an unjust verdict, a San Antonio criminal defense attorney can help you appeal the ruling by arguing your case in front of a higher court, such as the Texas Supreme Court or the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. You may not appeal your case solely on the assertion that the verdict was wrong, but when evidence exclusion, allowance of inadmissible evidence, unintentional or intentional misconduct (such as tampering with evidence) by a prosecution attorney, negligence by a defense attorney or similar factors exist, you may have grounds for an appeal.
Although it is not a requirement that you obtain legal representation when you face criminal charges, knowledgeable attorneys in San Antonio like Kevin Collins can help in a wide variety of ways. A qualified defense attorney protects your rights throughout all criminal proceedings, such as questionings, depositions, arraignments, preliminary hearings, the trial, and appeals and sentencing, when applicable. You have a constitutional right to legal counsel as outlined by the Sixth Amendment, and you should take advantage of it.
If you are paying for your own criminal defense lawyer in San Antonio, it is best to do some research so you can find an attorney with relevant experience and a good track record. You can ask a trusted friend or colleague, use an online database or contact the local bar association for referrals before consulting with a few potential attorneys and making your decision. If you are unable to afford a lawyer on your own, the court can provide you with a public defender at no cost.
Your lawyer plays a critical role in your defense and advocates for your best interests. An attorney also makes sure you are treated properly and supports you by handling the paperwork, deadlines and other administrative elements of your case. Some specific duties San Antonio criminal defense lawyers perform include the following:
If you have been charged with a crime, are concerned that you might be facing criminal accusations or would like more information regarding an appeal, contact Kevin L. Collins, P.C. via our contact page or by telephone at 210-598-8629. Our legal team makes your best interests our top priority.