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Firm Overview

Collins & Collins, P.C. represents clients in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, and divorce and family law. I focus my practice on criminal defense and personal injury and Alysan Boothe Collins focuses almost exclusively on personal injury. Sarah Armstrong focuses on family law and divorce.

Collins & Collins, P.C. was established in 2001 as Parrish Collins, Attorney at Law. In 2003, Alysan Boothe Collins joined Collins & Collins, P.C. after practicing in insurance defense for 10 years. Sarah Armstrong has been working with Collins & Collins, P.C. as Of-Counsel since 2007.

Example cases

A recent case involved a young immigrant from Mexico. Though he had been in the United States since he was 3 years old, his parents had never obtained citizenship for him. He was charged with possession of cocaine, which was a relatively minor offense. However, he had a prior drug charge which made a plea to a non-drug related offense off the table for the district attorney. He could not afford to be convicted of a drug offense. Drug convictions of any kind, other than a first time marijuana offense of less than 30 grams carries deportation penalties. The immigration consequences are typically far more severe than the criminal penalties. We fought this very hard from pre-indictment through dismissal.

In addition, we discovered that our client's father had become a citizen years earlier, which made our client eligible for citizenship. We put him in touch with an immigration attorney who is now working with him toward citizenship. Things appear to be on track and if he is ever in this position again, his options will not be limited by the risk of deportation due to a drug conviction.

Main Office

Main
500 4th Street NW
Suite 405
Albuquerque  NM  87102

Phone
  • (505) 242-5958
Fax
  • (505) 242-5968

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We offer free initial consultations for the purposes of determining the rights and obligations of the client and their particular circumstances. The length of the consultation varies according to the circumstances, but generally takes no more than 20 minutes unless the case is particularly complex.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Collins & Collins, P.C. has flat fee services in criminal matters. The flat fee is dependent on the seriousness of the crime and the complexity of the defense. For example, a simple DWI first offense would typically costs around $2,500. Our flat fees for felony offenses begin at $4,000. Collins & Collins, P.C. will often structure the fee with flat fees for different stages of the defense from pre-indictment, to plea, and finally to trial. Collins & Collins, P.C. believes that this is the fairest approach for our clients since cases often are resolved pre-prosecution or through a plea. Naturally, the flat fees increase as trial is anticipated. Collins & Collins, P.C. provides a fee agreement prior to commencement of any representation that outlines specifically our fees and charges, along with the scope of our representation. Our clients fully understand these fees prior to entering the attorney-client relationship so that there are no billing surprises during the representation.

Hourly Rates

Though most of my criminal cases are on a flat fee basis, my hourly rate is $225. The hourly rate comes into play only when there are legal services that become necessary beyond the scope of the original representation, such as addressing warrants for failure to appear, violations of conditions of release or probation violations. These too are spelled out in the fee agreement.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Kelly Vincioni

Emergency After Hours

No

Other Offices

  • Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 506
    Albuquerque,  NM  87103

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I have had wide range of experience that helps me in my law practice. I have worked on farms and in construction. I have worked as a grocery bagger and a UPS dock worker. I have taught college courses. I have run a nightclub and promoted concerts. I have coached youth football for years. I have worked with troubled kids and families. I have seen the hardships of a criminal case or an accident affect not only the client, but the family. I recognize and respect that even the smallest case is not small for the client. I do my best to make sure that my clients know that they are not alone in their struggles, and that there is at least one person that is committed and loyal to them, and them alone.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We at Collins & Collins, P.C. believe it is critical that clients educate themselves on their legal matters. We maintain open lines of communication with our clients so that they may contact us anytime with questions on their cases. We provide our clients with copies of everything coming in or leaving our office that relates to their case so they also know the status of their case. In addition, should our clients wish to learn more about the area of the law on their own, we gladly direct them to other sources of information such as Nolo, Justia, the Cornell Legal Information Institute, the State Bar of New Mexico, the State of New Mexico District Court Website, and others. This empowers our clients to learn as much about their cases as they desire. A knowledgeable client is good for at Collins & Collins, P.C. and more importantly, it is good for our clients.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Collins & Collins, P.C. does not generally review documents prepared by clients. This issue would rarely arise in the area of personal injury or criminal defense. In limited circumstances, Collins & Collins, P.C. will review documents prepared by clients in family law and divorce matters.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Collins & Collins, P.C. will not coach clients on how to represent themselves in legal matters. The law is far too complicated, and requires years of training and experience to competently pursue any legal matters. The consequences of missteps can be very serious. Having said that, should clients decide to proceed on their own, there are a number of very helpful sites where they can educate themselves on their legal matters including Nolo, Justia, the Cornell Legal Information Institute, the State Bar of New Mexico, and the State of New Mexico District Court Website.

Parrish Collins

I have had my own law practice since 2001. The firm began as Parrish Collins, Attorney at Law. In 2003, my wife joined me as a partner and the firm became and remains Collins & Collins, P.C.. Prior to this time, I worked with New Mexico Public Defenders Office. Before that, I worked with a general practice law firm in Albuquerque. I began my career out of law school as an oil and gas attorney with Exxon in Houston, Texas. Throughout this, I owned a nightclub, promoted concerts, and taught college at the University of New Mexico.

I have had wide range of experience that helps me in my law practice. I have worked on farms and in construction. I have worked as a grocery bagger and a UPS dock worker. I have taught college courses. I have run a nightclub and promoted concerts. I have coached youth football for years. I have worked with troubled kids and families. I have seen the hardships of a criminal case or an accident affect not only the client, but the family. I recognize and respect that even the smallest case is not small for the client. I do my best to make sure that my clients know that they are not alone in their struggles, and that there is at least one person that is committed and loyal to them, and them alone.

I am committed to my clients from day one. I also recognize that being charged with a crime is very stressful to the accused and his or her family, and that selection of a legal team is a very personal and serious decision. I appreciate the confidence that clients place in me and our firm and I do my utmost to maintain that trust and confidence.

Personal interests:

Tennis, swimming, jogging, rock climbing, reading, coaching youth football, and most of all, hanging out with my wife and kids.

License
  • Bar Number: 6736
    New Mexico
Education
  • Duke University School of Law
    J.D. , 1989
    Durham, NC
  • Duke University
    M.A. , 1989
    Durham, NC
  • University of Texas
    B.B.A. , 1985
    Austin, TX
    Accounting.

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