Hays County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Hays County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Let Our Firm Defend You Against Serious Criminal Charges

An arrest can be an emotionally overwhelming experience, whether it is your first time or fourth time facing criminal charges. Getting convicted carries harsh penalties, including costly fines and even spending time behind bars. In addition, having a criminal record can make it extremely difficult to obtain employment, find housing, apply for college, or live a normal life.

If you are facing criminal charges in Hays County, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend you inside and outside the courtroom. At Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, we are committed to helping our clients obtain the best possible outcome in their cases. Over the past year, our legal team has resolved 80 percent of our felony cases without the court issuing a felony charge to our client.

Our firm handles the following cases in Hays County, TX:

  • Alcohol Offenses
  • Drug Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Driver's License Suspensions
  • Expunctions
  • Felonies
  • Jail Release
  • Theft Crimes
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Weapons Charges
  • Violent Crimes

Texas Criminal Laws

In Texas, there are two main types of crimes: misdemeanors and felonies. A misdemeanor offense is not as serious as a felony. Yet, getting convicted of a misdemeanor can lead to a lengthy jail sentence and fines worth thousands of dollars.

The three classes of misdemeanors in Texas include:

  • Class A misdemeanor – Punishable by a jail term of up to one year and/or a maximum fine of $4,000
  • Class B misdemeanor – Carries a maximum jail sentence of 180 days and/or a fine of up to $2,000
  • Class C misdemeanor – Punishable by a fine of up to $500 with no jail time

In contrast, felonies are considered the most serious crimes. A conviction can result in a state prison or state jail sentence, instead of serving time in a county or local jail. Furthermore, a felony conviction is associated with the loss of certain rights, such as the right to vote and the right to hold public office.

The following are the five classes of Texas felonies:

  • Capital felony – Carries the death penalty or a lifetime prison sentence (with/without parole)
  • First-degree felony – Punishable by a life sentence or a prison term ranging from five to 99 years and a fine of up to $10,000
  • Second-degree felony – Carries a prison term ranging from two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000
  • Third-degree felony – Punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000
  • State jail felony – Carries a state jail sentence ranging from 180 days to two years and a fine of up to $10,000

Request a Consultation Today!

Our legal team can investigate your arrest, collect and examine the evidence, file the necessary motions, negotiate with the prosecution, and help you get the most favorable result in your case. We provide all our clients with aggressive and personalized legal representation. Do not wait to let the criminal justice system run its course and take action to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom.

Contact us today at (512) 991-0576 to discuss your case with our Hays County criminal defense attorney!

Our Impact

  • 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
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