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Rick Cofer

Criminal defense Attorney at Austin, TX

5.0   51 reviews

also known as Richard Lyn Cofer II


Licensed for 14 years

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    • Resolved thousands of cases and tried over 100 cases to a judge or jury. • Extensive experience handling DWI, assault, family violence, drug possession, theft, and juvenile charges. • Crafts a custom defense unique to your particular case.

    13 years, 3,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    • The faster you act once you’ve been arrested for DWI, the better. • Rick has handled 100s of DWI & drunk driving cases and can help you get the best result on your case and get your life back on track.

    13 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Juvenile law
    20%
    • Rick has experience in 100s of juvenile cases, including serious charges like murder, robbery, burglary, conspiracy and sexual abuse. He can ensure that your child has an effective and intelligent defense.

    7 years, 500 cases

  4. Violent crime
    20%
    • As a former felony prosecutor, Rick has handled some of the most serious violent crime cases in Austin, including aggravated assault, intoxication assault, felony family violence, and homicide.

    10 years, 200 cases

Attorney Rick Cofer is a partner with Cofer & Connelly, PLLC, law firm in Austin, Texas. Nationally known as among the top trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Cofer has more than 13 years of legal experience. Recognized in 2021 as Best Lawyer by the Austin Chronicle, a Rising Star by ThomsonReuters, and Top 1% by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, he provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout Texas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Criminal defense
  • Family law and divorce
  • Personal injury

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Cofer has served as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. He has tried more than 100 cases to a judge or jury, and has thousands of hours of courtroom experience.

Additionally, he is a statewide juvenile defense attorney, representing young adults in serious cases throughout Texas. He holds the distinction of being the only Austin attorney to have both prosecuted and defended Travis County juvenile murder charges.

Through his criminal defense practice, Mr. Cofer routinely handles some of the most complex and serious criminal cases across Central Texas, including murder charges, sex crimes, and other major felonies. He also handles DWI and drug possession cases, and he has notable experience with cannabis and marijuana laws.

From his efforts, Mr. Cofer has achieved a long record of securing successful outcomes for his clients, and he has earned numerous awards and honors for his outstanding professionalism and service. Among his accolades, he has received a Top 100 Trial Lawyers designation from The National Trial Lawyers, and Attorney & Practice Magazine named him among the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2019. He has also received Superb client ratings on Avvo along with the site's Clients' Choice Award.

Moreover, Mr. Cofer has received the Distinguished Service Certificate from the city of Austin along with the Individual Achievement Award from Keep Austin Beautiful. He has also received a Resolution of Appreciation from the Travis County Commissioners Court, and he is a graduate of the Austin Bar Association's Leadership Academy.

Mr. Cofer is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and a board member of the Austin Bar Foundation. He is a member of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, the Austin and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations, the Austin LBGT Bar Association, and other local, state, and national legal organizations.

A 2004 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Cofer obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law in 2007, where he was a member of the Leon Green Society and the American Constitution Society. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Cofer has deep Central Texas roots. He has served in a number of public roles, including:

  • Vice Chair, Texas Health Action Kind Clinic
  • Chair, City of Austin Zero Waste Commission
  • Vice Chair, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Board
  • Chair, Ending Community Homelessness Coalition Board of Directors
  • President, Pease Park Conservancy Board of Directors

Mr. Cofer is a 20 year resident of Central Texas. He splits time between his Clarksville neighborhood and Blanco ranch.

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Licensed for 14 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2008
Updated 10/23/2022

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Reviews

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Posted by Daniela | April 16, 2019
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Best lawyer out here!
The best lawyer you’ll ever come across! Rick helped me in every step of the way with my charge. He was very patient with me and my thousand questions regarding my case. Thank you Rick.
Posted by Quinton | April 12, 2019
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Top notch
Rick was very patient and informative. Took the time to call me or explain in person details. True professional in the courtroom he did an amazing job on my case
Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2022
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Dismissed charge
Rick is an awesome attorney who helped me dismissed my charge which is family violence with class A misdemeanor. This process only took around 2 months. I highly recommend Rick to be your criminal attorney if you do need get dismissal on your charge.
Posted by Sean | April 29, 2022
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Excellent personal service
I'm not the easiest client in the world, but Rick made everything easier. And, even though he doesn't normally do wills, he couldn't have made the whole process easier.
Posted by Murray | April 26, 2022
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Client
Rick and his office were exceedingly helpful, professional and very understanding in our legal situation. I would seek legal advice again immediately without hesitation from Rick.
Posted by Chris | April 13, 2022
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Thank You Rick and Team
Rick and his team have exceeded my expectations when it came to my case. They worked diligently and methodically on closing my case for the most favorable outcome. I think these guys excel due to their transparency and dedication to their clients. If you need someone in your corner pick up the phone.
Posted by Aaron | February 14, 2022
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Helped with my case.
Thanks for everything you and your firm did for me and my case, I highly recommend using your services to anyone!
Posted by Donovan | January 28, 2022
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AMAZING NEVER LET DOWN
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 . He has helped me tremendously on multiple occasions highly recommend
Posted by Chelsea | December 9, 2021
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Wonderful Lawyer!
Rick and his entire team are wonderful! 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 efforts they put in to go above and beyond for everyone they help.
Posted by Sean | October 28, 2021
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Recommendation for Rick Cofer
Rick, Megan and attorneys behind the scenes delivered a very positive outcome on my recent case. They are empathetic, responsive and thorough. Cofer & Connelly is home to some very sharp legal minds!
Posted by Abraham | October 6, 2021
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If you need real help, look here!
Future clients, listen & help yourself truly as I've done. I'm ashamed to admit that I spent most of my 20s in the criminal justice system of Travis County ( Austin). But, do so b/c I've been represented my many Lawyers throughout my cases, most of which just wanted $, others didn't have my best interest in mind, & some more couldn't even remember who I was or if I was even a client of theirs. But never have I experienced the empathy, respect, and above all, belief in me- to succeed than, by Cofer & Connelly, as well as their newest member Liz. For these top 3 reasons: 1. They were prompt to get back to me, when ever they weren't available. 2. They listened & to sought to know their client, "me" so that they could best execute their plan of defense. 3. While I wrestled with the anxiety & fear of the worst possible outcomes of my case, they were able to provide peace of mind that they were there for me and with me. Those words still ring in my mind..." we got your back!" Well, thanks to them, they achieved for me a positive outcome on my probation violation & therefore to continue to better my self-outside of jail! I'm very grateful! Now, the true lesson is to stay out of trouble and learn from your mistakes! But if you trip...Call Cofer & Connelly ( & Liz), they got your back w/out judgement, threats, or hassle! Thank You!
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Posted by Dane | September 20, 2021
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Great attorney!!!
Mr Cofer was assigned to me as a court appointed attorney. In the past I have had poor/ sub par experiences with court appointed attorneys, but this time was far from that. Mr Cofer and his team went above and beyond to get my case resolved, and ultimately got all 3 of my charges dismissed. The crazy part too was the fact that they made it so easy! I literally had to do nothing other than to check in with my pre trial officer and stay out of trouble while they fought my case. I never actually had to go into court physically myself, they always went on my behalf. They talked to all the people they needed to until it ended up getting dismissed. Well done on their part especially considering they were a court appointed attorney for me. 10/10 would recommend to anybody looking for a straight forward, hardworking lawyer to fight their case. Thanks a lot mr Cofer!
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Posted by Shaunessa | July 6, 2021
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RICK COFER LAW FIRM IS AMAZING
My son was excused of a crime that he didn’t do. I did not have any money to hire a lawyer. I was so blessed to receive Rick Cofer as my court appointed lawyer. He literally fought day and night getting evidence and staying on top of the district attorney office to prove my son was innocent. During the very difficult year of waiting on court dates and evidence to be processed I gotta admit I gave him a hard time about everything. I am a mother and worrying is what I do when it comes to my loved ones. Rick and his team put my mind at ease and came through. If y’all ever need a attorney please consider RICK COFER and his team. THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING
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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2021
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Absolutely the Best
Any legal issue can feel overwhelming, but Rick made every step clear and straightforward. From day one we had someone on our side. The attention to detail and genuine compassion with which he handled our case made all the difference in the world. He navigated a complex situation with ease, and went the extra mile without hesitation. Through every conversation Rick, Alex, and his team were extremely knowledgeable and reassuring. To say they are amazing would be an understatement. If you want a team who has your back, who will fight hard for you, who truly cares about you this is the one!
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Posted by Christopher | June 8, 2021
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Great Lawyer
Having Rick Cofer from Cofer & Connelly has been a blessing and a great experience. I know having a great experience while having a looming case over your head sounds strange, but that is exactly how I feel. I was arrested and thrown into jail for a misdemeanor assault charge and a felony assault charge on a peace officer. While figuring out my options in jail, I was surprised to have a visit from Rick. He said I had nothing to worry about. He even came and visited me in Sedona AZ, where I was sent post bail. Trust is something I don’t normally provide to people, my view point is not to trust anyone, I learned that in Business and from my MBA program. However 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. This is why I feel this was a great experience with this individual and his team. Thank you again!
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2021
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Highly recommended Attorney
We had a great experience from start to finish with Rick Cofer. He was extremely professional and excellent at explaining the process to us. He achieved the best possible outcome, and we are all very relieved and thankful to him for that.
Posted by Steve | April 5, 2021
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Awesome Rick Coffer
The best most awesome attorney you can have there is I've never had an attorney like the great Rick Coffer great man very good at what he does if there was an attorney I'd refer you to it'd be Mr Coffer
Posted by veronita | March 25, 2021
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Excellent source of getting the information you need
Mr. Cofer was consulted for additional information needed for a possible charge on my child. He was prompt, respectful, knowledgeable, and willing to help figure out what I needed with little to no cost. Thank god no charges came about from the situation and Mr. Cofer was the first to let me know! I thank you so much for all your help and would recommend you to anyone!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2021
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Great Criminal Defense Lawyer
I hired Rick to Solve my criminal case, He was very caring for me from the beginning and he answered all my calls/questions without any delay. he gave me great freedom to contact him at any time. He worked diligently and got my case dismissed I am very grateful to him and would recommend him to anyone who needs criminal defence.
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Posted by Shea | December 15, 2020
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Great Lawyer
Mr. Cofer is not only a great lawyer but a cool guy. He was able to get all 3 of my charges dismissed. 2 felony’s and a misdemeanor. Its great to have my record clean again and now I can get back to my life. I would use Mr. Cofer as my lawyer for any reason if needed and would refer him to a friend.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Cofer & Connelly, PLLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Rick Cofer, PLLC
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Travis County Attorney's Office
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Travis County District Attorney's Office
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Travis County Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Criminal Defense Private Practice
  • 2008 - 2009
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Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law
  • JD
  • 2007
  • The University of Texas At Austin
  • BA
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • State of Texas v. C.P.
  • Case dismissed
  • State of Texas v. R.P.
  • Case dismissed
  • State of Texas v. J.P.
  • Case dismissed
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Associations

  • Austin Bar Foundation
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 - Criminal Defense
  • 2019 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Austin LBGT Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - Present
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2021
  • Rising Star - Criminal Law
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyer
  • The Austin Chronicle
  • 2021
  • Certificate
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas
  • 2020
  • Top 100 - Criminal Defense
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Top 100 - Criminal Defense
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Criminal Law Attorney - Texas
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Resolution of Appreciation
  • Travis County Commissioners Court
  • 2016
  • Leadership Academy
  • Austin Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Individual Achievement Award
  • Keep Austin Beautiful
  • 2015
  • Distinguished Service Certificate
  • City of Austin
  • 2015
  • Prosecutor Trial Skills Course Certificate
  • Texas District & County Attorneys Association
  • 2010
  • Out & About 500
  • Austin American-Statesman
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (8)
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I was the presiding judge on a very serious 1st Degree Felony charge. Mr. Cofer represented the defendant. He was always prepared and I found him to be incredibly knowledgeable and aggressive in his defense of his client. His preparation, knowledge of the law and procedure contributed to him obtaining a very good result for his client. His clients are fortunate to have Mr. Cofer on their side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Rick for nearly twenty years and can attest to his legal acumen and extraordinary dedication to his clients. He treats each case as if his own family was the one being charged. Rick's prior experience as a prosecutor and his personal relationships with prosecutors, judges, and other members of the legal community give his clients an incredible advantage and assures that his client's cases get a fair shake. I consider Rick to be the best criminal defense attorney in Austin and would not hesitate to recommend my own family or friends if they were in trouble."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Rick Cofer. Rick and I tried a case against each other a few years back, and he was a pleasure to work with despite us being on opposite sides. Rick's an excellent criminal defense attorney who cares about getting his clients the best outcome. He has a great rapport with the prosecutors and judges at the courthouse, and he achieves excellent results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Rick since he was in law school and an intern. He has always been creative, and tries a good case. Now on the defense side, he uses his talents effectively representing his clients. Smart guy that does good work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clients are in good hands with Rick. He's comprehensive, very knowledgeable, and thoughtful."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cofer is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and resourceful. I have always found his advice both intelligent and helpful. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rick is a great lawyer with whom I have had the occasion to work with on multiple cases. He is thorough, creative, and understands all the intricacies of local courts in the Austin, TX area. His years of experience are evidenced by his vast network and are reflected in the results he achieves. I highly endorse Rick."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is a hard working, dedicated lawyer who has been active in pro bono service and community involvement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is a tenacious advocate and an excellent attorney. I strongly recommend him for any criminal defense matter. You will be in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is an extraordinary capable criminal defense who’s has a long track of great results for his clients. He is very connected in Austin and knows how to move a case from start to finish quickly. He’s top notch. Hire him if you need a criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is an outstanding advocate. Rick is a former prosecutor and knows how to navigate a case through negotiation and trial if necessary. His background and attention to his clients distinguish him from other lawyers."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Cofer is an excellent attorney and advocate on environmental issues for our community. As a prosecutor, I've found him to be ethical and tough, while also showing compassion for sympathetic situations. He has my respect as well as admiration in how he handles his business."
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Austin Criminal defense Lawyer Rick Cofer
Rick Cofer
Criminal defense Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 14 years
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