Bastrop County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Over 100 Years of Combined Legal Experience On Your Side!

Were you or a family member arrested for allegedly committing a criminal offense in Bastrop County? Cofer & Connelly, PLLC handles serious felony and misdemeanor charges in Cedar Creek, Bastrop, Elgin, Smithville, and everywhere in between! Whether you were arrested for Driving While Intoxicated on Highway 21 or for misuse of a firearm, you can count on our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys for the representation you deserve.

Contact Cofer & Connelly, PLLC online or call today at (512) 991-0576 to arrange a consultation with our legal team.

Why Choose Cofer & Connelly, PLLC to Handle Your Criminal Case?

When it comes to criminal charges in Bastrop County, you need an attorney who understands the ins and outs of the criminal justice system to effectively defend your case. At Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, our criminal defense team consists of former prosecutors and judges who are intimately familiar with the criminal process in Bastrop County, as well as the individuals who may be involved in the investigation and prosecution of your case.

In addition to possessing more than 100 years of combined legal experience, our team has also tried over 300 cases in front of judges and juries where we have succeeded in winning dismissals, acquittals, and sentence reductions in over 94% of criminal cases since 2020.

Here’s what client’s have to say about working with us:

“Rick has proven to me that there are trustworthy people in the world and I am happy to have gotten both of my cases dismissed." – C.P.

“In the end, his [Rick Cofer] 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.

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Criminal Offenses We Defend in Bastrop County

The Bastrop County District Attorney and his prosecutors take crime very seriously in the community. If you were charged with a crime within the county limits, it’s essential that you have an experienced criminal defense team on your side to fight for your rights and defend your case.

Cofer & Connelly routinely handles serious felonies and misdemeanor charges in Bastrop County including: 

About Bastrop County

Bastrop County is located about 30 minutes east of downtown Austin. Over 100,000 people live in Bastrop County and the county is continuing to grow. The County Courthouse is located in Downtown Bastrop and serves the communities of Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Elgin, Smithville, McDade, Paige, and Dale communities.

The Bastrop Sheriff’s Office, Bastrop Police Department, Smithville Police Department, Elgin Police Department, Bastrop ISD Police, and Texas Department of Public Safety patrol the area. 

In 2021, there were approximately 242 Driving While Intoxicated charges out of 1921 criminal cases in Bastrop County. 

Bastrop County Courts

Bastrop County encompasses the 21st, 335th, and 423rd District Courts with Judge Carson Campbell, Judge Reva Towslee-Corbett, and Judge Chris Duggan presiding. These Courts handle civil and felony criminal cases in Bastrop County. 

Bastrop County Court at Law handles Class A and Class B misdemeanors. Judge Benton Eskew presides over these cases as well as juvenile and CPS matters. 

Prosecutors in Bastrop County

The Honorable Bryan Goertz serves as the District Attorney and prosecutes Felonies and Misdemeanors. District Attorney Goertz works with local law enforcement agencies to investigate, protect, and enforce the law in Bastrop County. District Attorney Goertz has served as the District Attorney for over 20 years, since 2002. 

The Prosecutors in the Bastrop County District Attorney’s Office are divided by who oversees felony versus misdemeanor prosecutors. 

Bastrop County Courthouses

Misdemeanor cases in Bastrop County Court at Law is held at the ‘Old Courthouse’ in Downtown Bastrop. Judge Benton Eskew has served as the Bastrop County Court at Law Judge for over 20 years. 

Bastrop County Court at Law: 

  • Judge Benton Eskew
  • 804 Pecan Street 
  • Bastrop, Texas 78602
  • 512-581-4277

Felony cases in the 21st, 335th, and 423rd District Courts are held in the District Courtroom located in Annex of the Bastrop Courthouse in Downtown Bastrop. Occasionally court is held at the Law Enforcement Center Courtroom at the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office. The 21st and 335th District Courts also serve Lee, Burleson, and Washington Counties. The 423rd District Court solely serves Bastrop County and oversees felony criminal, civil, and family law cases. 

21st District Court 

  • Judge Carson Campbell
  • 804 Pecan Street
  • Bastrop, Texas 78602
  • 512-581-4037

335th District Court

  • Judge Reva Towslee-Corbett
  • 804 Pecan Street
  • Bastrop, Texas 78602
  • 512-581-4037

423rd District Court

  • Judge Christopher Duggan
  • 804 Pecan Street
  • Bastrop, Texas 78602
  • 512-581-4037

There are four Justice of the Peace Courts that oversee Class C misdemeanor cases including traffic, penal, health & safety, education, parks and wildlife, and alcohol & beverage codes. 

Justice of the Peace Precinct One (Bastrop), Judge Cindy Allen

  • 804 Pecan Street
  • Bastrop, Texas 78602


Justice of the Peace Precinct Two (Smithville), Judge Zachary Carter

  • 1624 NE Loop 230
  • Smithville, Texas 78957

Justice of the Peace Precinct Three (Cedar Creek), Judge Krystal Stabeno

  • 5785 FM 535
  • Cedar Creek, Texas 78612

Justice of the Peace Precinct Four (Elgin), Judge Larry Dunne

  • 1125 Dildy Drive
  • Elgin, Texas 78621

There are also three Municipal Courts in Bastrop County. The Municipal Courts have jurisdiction over Class C cases occurring in the city. 

Bastrop Municipal Court, Judge Caroline McClimon

  • 104 Grady Tuck Lane
  • Bastrop, Texas 78602

Smithville Municipal Court, Judge Raymah Davis

  • 317 Main Street
  • Smithville, Texas 78957

Elgin Municipal Court, Judge Amanda Carter

  • 310 N Main Street
  • Elgin, Texas 78621

For help accessing a case, visit the Bastrop County Case Records Search.

Bastrop County Law Enforcement Resources

The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is located at the Law Enforcement Center on Jackson Street. The BCSO is led by Sheriff Maurice Cook, a former Texas Ranger. Sheriff Cook’s duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • He oversees criminal investigations.
  • He is responsible for providing security for county and district court operations.
  • He enforces traffic laws, county ordinances, and state laws.
  • He oversees service of process.

He accepts bail for prisoners in his custody.

  • He is responsible for conducting sales of seized and unclaimed properties.
  • He oversees the operation of the county jail and is responsible for the inmates.

Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office 

  • Sheriff Maurice Cook 
  • 200 Jackson Street
  • Bastrop, Texas 78602
  • 512-549-5100

The Bastrop Police Department serves the City of Bastrop. Chief Vicky Steffanic leads a team of over 30 patrol officers, investigators, and detectives. 

Bastrop Police Department 

  • 104 Grady Truck Lane
  • Bastrop, Texas 78602
  • 512-332-8600

The Bastrop Independent School District Police Department partners with BISD to protect students at Bastrop ISD campuses. 

Bastrop ISD Police Department 

  • 906 Farm Street 
  • Bastrop, Texas 78602
  • 512-772-7100

The Elgin Police Department is led by Chief Chris Noble. Elgin Police Department serves the city of Elgin that is located in Bastrop and Travis Counties. 

Elgin Police Department

  • 202 Depot Street
  • Elgin, Texas 78620
  • 512-285-5757

The Smithville Police Department is led by Chief David Repka and serves the City of Smithville. 

Smithville Police Department 

  • 105 NW 4th Street 
  • Smithville, Texas 78957
  • 512-237-3228

Bastrop County Zip Codes

  • Cedar Creek, 78612
  • Bastrop, 78602
  • Smithville, 78957
  • Rockne, 78602
  • Rosanky, 78953
  • McDade, 78650
  • Red Rock, 78662
  • Paige, 78659
  • Del Valle, 78617
  • Elgin, 78621

Texas Crime Report 

  • DWI in 2021: 242 
  • Total Charges in 2021: 1921
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