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Carter Collins Law, ESQ.

Carter Collins Law

I guarantee that I will thoughtfully and aggressively represent you or your loved one. My trial, negotiating experience, and reputation for tough, honest representation span more than two decades. I know how to investigate a case and consider every possible approach so that you can have the most options possible from which to choose a safe, beneficial way forward.

I have never done any sort of work but criminal defense. We will not be hurried but rather will take the time we need to explore all of your options.

I promise to listen to you, treat you with respect, answer your questions, and return your phone calls. I look forward to meeting you. I hope that when you leave my office, you can feel more confident and hopeful; you can leave the worrying to me.

From start to finish, I will help you seek the justice you deserve.

Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Appeals

  • Gun and Weapon Offenses

  • Fraud and White-Collar Crime

  • Probation and Supervised Release Revocation

  • Grand Jury Witnesses

  • Federal Criminal Law

  • Appellate Practice

  • Habeas Corpus

  • Criminal Law

  • Drug Crimes

Bar Admissions:

  • Missouri, 1988

  • Illinois, 1991

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1990

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1991

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2005

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2005

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2017


  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, 1988 J.D.

  • Honors: Order of the Coif

  • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award for Torts & Civil Procedure

  • Law Review: Washington University Law Quarterly, Notes and Comments Editor, 1987 – 1988

  • University of Missouri, St Louis, Missouri, 1985 B.A.

  • Honors: University Scholar

  • Major: English

Representative Cases:

  • Rahn v. Hawkins, 464 F.3d 813 (8th Cir. 2006)

  • United States v. Jones, 269 F.3d 919 (8th Cir. 2001)

  • United States v. Dunlap, 28 F.3d 823 (8th Cir. 1994)

Honors and Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated

  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women’s Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • The Missouri Bar

  • Illinois State Bar Association

  • Criminal Justice Act Defense Bar

Past Employment Positions:

  • Hon. George F. Gunn, Jr. U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Missouri, Law Clerk, 1988 – 1990

  • Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal, Associate, 1990 – 1991

  • Assistant Federal Defender, Eastern District of Missouri, 1991 – 2001

Peer Review Ratings:

  • Martindale-Hubbell

    • AV Rating – Most current 2017

    • AV Rating – Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers

  • Avvo

    • Excellent Rated Attorney