We Can Do More. Experienced Criminal Defense Firm
  • Super Lawyer 2022
  • 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 Clients' Choice 2021
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2022

Austin Criminal Defense Attorney

Helping Austinites Defend Their Rights in Court

Criminal defense disputes can be life-changing. Criminal charges often involve hefty fines and even jail time. Then, there's the effect your criminal defense case has on your life once the court issues its judgment. If you're found guilty and receive a criminal record, it could compromise your professional, financial, and personal stability for years or even decades.

Over the past year, the Austin criminal defense attorneys at Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, have resolved 80% of our felony cases without the court issuing a felony charge to our client. We're well-connected in the Austin criminal law community and understand the ins and outs of criminal litigation in Texas.

If you're facing criminal charges, you can't afford to have a lawyer who won't go above and beyond for you. Our Austin criminal defense lawyers will work with you to develop a comprehensive case strategy designed to protect your rights in court, pursue your best interests, and set you up for success once your case is over.

There's a reason our firm has become a staple of criminal law defense in Austin. We'll do everything in our power to help you successfully navigate your case.

To schedule a consultation with our Austin criminal defense attorneys or to learn more about our firm, contact us online or call us at (512) 991-0576.

Reasons You Need a Lawyer for Your Criminal Defense Case

We get to work the moment a prospective client contacts our law firm. Our intake team diligently takes down details about the situation and immediately searches for all available information and records related to the incident. Once intake is complete, you’re connected with one of our highly experienced Austin, TX criminal defense attorneys for a consultation. Our defense lawyers are former prosecutors and former judges with decades of experience handling and winning the toughest criminal cases in Texas.

After speaking or meeting with an attorney and retaining our firm, we get started right away. Frequently that means securing late-night or weekend jail release, beginning the bonding process for incarcerated individuals, or advocating with prosecutors and judges to amend conditions of pretrial release.

The stakes are high in a criminal case. From jail time to prison time to substantial fees and periods of probation, we know that our clients face the risk of serious consequences. That’s why we are committed to extraordinary results in every case. We have secured dismissal or acquittal in over 90% of all criminal cases over the last three years.

In addition to the possibility of jail sentences, probation, or fines, criminal charges can result in life-altering collateral consequences.

  • A misdemeanor or felony conviction can cause the loss of driving privileges, professional licenses, or Second Amendment rights.
  • Some convictions may affect future employment opportunities, ability to secure bank loans or credit, or cause immigration issues.

Because so much is on the line, it’s vital that individuals facing criminal charges hire experienced defense counsel. In criminal law, as in life, you generally get what you pay for.

We’re proud of our qualifications, experience, and record of success. Widely considered among the best criminal defense lawyers in America, our Austin criminal defense lawyers combine decades of experience with an unparalleled commitment to exceptional outcomes in every case.

Reasons You Need an Austin Criminal Defense Attorney

When you’re facing misdemeanor or felony charges, you need experienced defense counsel advocating for your rights because there is more at stake than you may realize. A conviction could mean life-altering consequences, including:

  • Jail or prison time
  • Substantial fines
  • Probation
  • Loss of Second Amendment rights
  • Inability to secure bank or credit loans
  • Revocation of licenses
  • Inability to secure a job

Don’t leave anything to chance. Our Austin criminal defense lawyers have strong track records of winning criminal cases in Texas. That’s because our criminal defense attorneys in Austin, TX are former prosecutors and judges with inside knowledge of how the court system operates. They may be able to leverage their decades of experience to help minimize penalties or have your charges completely dropped.

What Happens After You Contact our Austin Criminal Defense Firm?

When you call us, you’ll first speak to one of our intake specialists who takes down the details of your case and immediately searches for all available information and records related to the incident. Then we’ll connect you with one of our experienced Austin criminal defense attorneys for a consultation. This is when we learn more about you and your situation so that we can begin exploring legal options. After retaining our firm, we start fighting for you! Depending the case, that could be helping secure late-night or weekend jail release, beginning the bail bonding process or advocating to amend conditions of pretrial release.

In legal matters, time is of the essence. Do not postpone speaking with one our intake specialists today.

  • Each Case Is Treated Individually
  • Our Approach Is Client Focused
  • We Are Driven by Results & Strategy
  • Our Team Has a Wide Range of Skills
  • Over 50 Years of Collective Experience
  • We Have Deep Roots in the Community


See What Our Happy Clients HAve to say
    Good law firm they made my son feel comfortable after he was charged.

    “A good law firm made my son feel comfortable after he was charged.”

    - Chris J.
    I will never go to anyone else they are the best out there!

    “An amazing place, they are the greatest team of superheroes! Rick and Liz take care of me in so many ways and I will never go to anyone else they are the best out there!”

    - Donovan S.
    He has helped me tremendously on multiple occasions highly recommend.

    “This man right here is the man to go to he will handle your case with confidence and make sure you are well taken care of and updated on everything.”

    - Former Client
    I am convinced that this is the best criminal defense team in Austin and probably in all of Texas.

    “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.
    couldn't imagine going through this journey without both his legal expertise and heartfelt compassion.

    “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.

    “Excellent all around. Highly recommend.”

    - W. N.
    I was in need of an attorney and Rick did a fantastic job!

    “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.
    Rick and his entire team are wonderful!

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

    - Former Client
    I am eternally grateful for all of the effort they put in to go above and beyond for everyone they help!

    “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.
    They were truly an answer to lots of prayers.

    “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.

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Our Austin Criminal Defense Practice Areas

Here at Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, our Austin criminal defense firm handles a wide range of criminal cases, including:

  • DWI. Driving while intoxicated is one of the most common criminal offenses, but that doesn't make it any less serious. Receiving a guilty judgment in a DWI case can change your life, resulting in the suspension of your driver's license and introducing unexpected financial and professional instability into your life. Our criminal lawyers in Austin, TX are here to help you understand your rights and develop a plan for how to tackle your DWI case. We'll do whatever we can to help you receive an equitable judgment from the court.
  • Felonies. As we wrote earlier, our team has managed to resolve 80% of our felony cases in the last year without the court issuing a felony charge against our client. If that doesn't speak to our level of experience when it comes to handling serious criminal charges, we don't know what will. We'll do everything in our power to help you get the outcome you deserve in your court case.
  • Violent crimes. Violent crimes can have severe repercussions for alleged offenders, so having an experienced attorney on your case is essential. Our Austin criminal defense team will help you understand the potential outcomes for your case and pursue your best interests in court.
  • Assault family violence. Assault cases can be emotionally challenging and legally complex. Depending on the specific allegations against you, charges can range from a Class C misdemeanor citation to a first-degree felony. You need criminal defense representation who will listen to you, work with you, and help you through the difficult process of facing a criminal assault charge.
  • Drug crimes. Like DWIs, drug crimes can have a significant impact on your life. Our Austin criminal attorneys will help you understand what to expect from your case and fight for your rights in court.
  • Alcohol offenses. DWI isn't the only alcohol-related charge. If you're facing alcohol offense charges, our team can help you determine what to do next and advocate for you in court.
  • Theft crimes. Many people think of theft as a minor offense, but that's not necessarily true. Like other criminal charges, a theft crime can leave you with a criminal record that destabilizes your career and makes it harder to carry out essential activities like finding housing. Our Austin criminal defense lawyers will work with you to understand your case and represent you in court.
  • Expunctions. A criminal record can prevent you from living life to the fullest. Depending on your record and how the court handled your case, it may be possible to receive an expunction, effectively erasing your criminal record in the eyes of individuals like potential employers and landlords. Our team will help you file for an expunction and work with you to move past your criminal record so you can begin living life to the fullest.
  • Juvenile crimes. For any parent, having their child charged with a crime can be nerve-wracking. Our Austin juvenile lawyers fully understand the Texas juvenile legal system and can help you learn what to expect from your child's case. We'll represent your child in court if necessary, ensuring they receive the counsel they deserve.
  • Traffic tickets. Traffic tickets can be a hassle—receiving too many could even result in a license suspension. Our criminal attorneys in Austin can help you fight traffic charges in court so you can continue to live your life.
  • Jail release. Do you have a loved one in jail facing criminal charges? Our team can help you locate them. Once we understand what they're facing, we can also work with you to develop a strategy for their legal representation.
  • Weapons charges. If you're facing a weapons charge, you need an attorney you can trust by your side to help you protect your rights and handle your case. Our team will do just that, ensuring you feel accurately represented during your trial.
  • Driver's license suspensions. As we mentioned earlier, a DWI can result in a license suspension. If you rely on your license to get to places like work or school, receiving a license suspension could inconvenience you or even result in the loss of your job or access to education. Our criminal lawyers in Austin, TX will help you take the necessary steps to either obtain a restricted license so you can get to essential locations or fully reinstate your driver's license, depending on the circumstances of your case.

There's a reason our team here at Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, is a staple of the Austin criminal law community. We take pride in what we do, and we consistently deliver outstanding results for our clients.

To schedule a consultation with our Austin criminal defense attorneys and learn more about how we can help you navigate your criminal offense case, contact us online or via phone at (512) 991-0576.