When charged with a crime, you want a defense attorney who is going to fight for your Constitutional rights. I have thirty years of experience as defense attorney, and I believe that an aggressive, hands-on, and informed defense is absolutely necessary from day-one. In criminal court, you face decisions that could change the rest of your life. You should have an attorney that will insist that you get and make the right choices.
Attorney Matthew J. Collins
For the past three decades I have worked in Connecticut and New York State Courts, and the United States Federal Courts, providing criminal, juvenile and family representation. I began my career in New York City as a lawyer in the Public Defender Office and I have been in private practice in Connecticut since 1989. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. In addition to my private practice I have taught criminal justice courses at Capitol Community College in Hartford. Also, as much of my work involves criminal appeals, I have argued and won cases in Connecticut’s highest forums, the Appellate and Supreme Courts.
As a business owner, I know that legal bills can be a large expense for anyone. I try to keep my fees reasonable and competitive. I do not charge for the first consultation, during which time I will fully discuss with you in my office your case, the possible legal options, and the costs. I charge a flat fee for complete representation in most cases and in all matters a detailed written and signed fee agreement is provided to you.
What You Can Expect: Attorney Matthew J. Collins
In addition to aggressive representation in court, I believe that clear and open client communication is absolutely necessary to a successful criminal defense. As a client, you must be completely informed about the decisions that you, with my ongoing assistance and experience, will make. I provide all clients with my cell-phone and internet contacts, and I regularly engage in texting communication. Should you require it, I will schedule weekend and evening office appointments.
In the end, I believe that the finest result in legal representation is one where you, the client, are confident that you have been provided with and counselled on the best possible outcome for your case.