Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers


Facing a criminal charge or family law matter is daunting. If you need a criminal defense lawyer, identifying the best path forward can be difficult.

At Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, our Austin criminal defense attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience. We've handled more than 18,000 criminal and family law cases over more than 315 jury trials.

We have decades of experience inside a courtroom, trying complex cases and winning. We’ve served as long-time prosecutors and judges in counties throughout Texas. We’ve been appointed to offices by Presidents, Governors, and Mayors. We know how the system works and we know how to deliver results.

We were born and raised in Texas, our roots date back to Texas Independence. We are the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of noted lawyers and judges. We have experience trying cases in courthouses throughout the Lone Star state.

We’ve successfully resolved thousands of cases including serious felonies, driving while intoxicated, drug possession, assault, and other misdemeanors.

We're committed to achieving excellence for every one of our clients. Over the last three years, our criminal lawyers have secured dismissal or acquittal in over 90% of our criminal cases. We strive for that level of success in all our practice areas and treat every case with the respect and attention it deserves.

Our mission is simple: We want to win your criminal or family law case.

A Different Approach

Experience • Creativity • Professionalism

Our criminal defense lawyers in Austin, TX are recognized as among the best in the nation. We take on the hard cases, litigate complex issues, and strive to deliver exceptional results.

We approach every case with a client-focused perspective to develop a comprehensive case strategy custom-tailored to your unique needs. There is no cookie-cutter approach to criminal charges at Cofer & Connelly. We are strategic in analyzing every individual case and we execute a plan to get charges dropped, dismissed, or acquitted for every client.

We live and work throughout the Lone Star state. From Austin to Lubbock to Dallas and throughout the Hill Country, South Plains, and Central Texas, we are comfortable in front of any judge or prosecutor. Our lawyers are successful litigators, courtroom advocates, and negotiators.

Whether you’re facing a Driving While Intoxicated charge, Drug charge, serious felony allegation, or a misdemeanor charge, we can help.

You deserve a criminal defense lawyer that cares about your future and handles your case with care and compassion. We wouldn't settle for anything less.

To schedule a consultation with our team or learn more about how we can help you handle your case, contact us online or call us at (512) 991-0576.

Our Impact

Client Reviews

  • “Hands down this is the team you want on your side. I went through several ultra-high-end law firms and legendary Texas attorneys only to find them lacking in certain areas, especially in regard to ...”

    - J.H.
  • “In the end, his timeframe was right and the charge was dropped. I couldn't imagine going through this journey without both his legal expertise and heartfelt compassion.”

    - K.Z.
  • “Excellent all around. Highly recommend.”

    - W. N.
  • “He was incredibly professional and proficient at both progressing my case, keeping me in the loop as well as thoroughly explaining what to expect and how to proceed moving forward. I'm very grateful for his services overall.”

    - D.S.
  • “I am eternally grateful for all of the efforts they put in to go above and beyond for everyone they help.”

    - Former Client
  • “They really listen to and care about their client's needs and consistently fight for the best outcome! I am eternally grateful for all of the effort they put in to go above and beyond for everyone they help.”

    - C.D.
  • “Rick Cofer and team (looking at you Heather & Sarah!) took on our odd situation and truly helped us find closure. We didn't fit into their standard work profile, but they took our case, were easy to ...”

    - H.N.
  • “Mr. Cofer went above and beyond to put to rest an outlying issue that the prosecutor didn't want to let go of easily. I would recommend their services if you need to resolve serious personal matters.”

    - R.M.
  • “These guys treated me with nothing but kindness and respect. They treated me as if I was family after we literally just met! The world really really needs more people like everyone in this firm. They ...”

    - B.B.
  • “Thanks to Mr. Cofer I got my cases dismissed! He made it look easy!! And Camilla did a great job! They took the time to help me understand what was going on and really cleared things up for me.”

    - I.G.

Committed to Excellence

  • 2022 Best DUI Lawyers in Austin
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2018- Rick Cofer
  • Super Lawyers
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine's Top 10 Attorney-2019
  • Texas Bar College
  • National College for DUI Defense- General Member
  • Austin Bar Association
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • FindLaw
  • DWI Scholar, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (2021)
  • Elite Lawyer Criminal Defense
  • Best of Austin Winner
  • Lead Counsel 2021
  • Expertise 2021
  • Avvo Client Choice 2021

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