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Rick Cofer

Rick Cofer

Best Lawyer - Austin Chronicle. Rising Star - ThomsonReuters. Former Prosecutor.
  • Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, DUI & DWI ...
  • Texas
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Biography

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.

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.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Juvenile Law
    DUI & DWI
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
    Cannabis & Marijuana Law
    Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana
    White Collar Crime
    Divorce
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
State Bar of Texas
ID Number: 24065059
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5th Circuit
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U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
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U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • Mandarin: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Cofer & Connelly
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Attorney
Law Office of Rick Cofer, PLLC
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Assistant County Attorney
Travis County Attorney’s Office
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Assistant District Attorney
Travis County District Attorney’s Office
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Assistant County Attorney
Travis County Attorney's Office
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Attorney at Law
Private Practice
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Education
University of Texas - Austin
J.D. (2007)
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Activities: Leon Green Society, American Constitution Society
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University of Texas - Austin
B.A. (2004) | Government, History
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Honors: Liberal Arts Honors
Activities: Phi Beta Kappa, Temple Scholar, Junior Fellow, LBJ Fellow, Normandy Scholar
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Awards
Best Lawyer
Austin Chronicle
Rising Star
Super Lawyers - Thomson Reuters
Fellow
Texas Bar Foundation
Top 100 Trial Lawyers - Criminal
National Trial Lawyers
Clients' Choice Award
Avvo
Clients' Choice Award
Avvo
Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney Award
Attorney & Practice Magazine
Top 100 Trial Lawyers - Criminal
National Trial Lawyers
Clients' Choice Award
Avvo
College Member
The College of the State Bar of Texas
Resolution of Appreciation
Travis County Commissioners Court
Leadership Academy
Austin Bar Association
Individual Achievement Award
Keep Austin Beautiful
Distinguished Service Certificate
City of Austin
Professional Associations
Austin Bar Foundation
Member, Board of Directors
- Current
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Capital Area Trial Lawyers Associaton
Member
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Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Member
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Austin LBGT Bar Association
Member
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Member
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Austin Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
Treasurer
- Current
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Austin Young Lawyers Association
Member
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State Bar of Texas  # 24065059
Member
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Texas District & County Attorneys Association
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Cofer: One year later, Austin bag ban is working
Austin American-Statesman
Speaking Engagements
Rainy day fund and Hurricane Harvey damage, FOX 7 Discussion, Austin, Texas
Certifications
Texas Guardianship Certification
State Bar of Texas
Prosecutor Trial Skills Course Certificate
Texas District & County Attorneys Association
Websites & Blogs
Website
Cofer & Connelly
Website
Austin Juvenile Lawyer
Website
Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered
Q. How to gef out of jail if I got a mtrp
A: What Texas County is your matter pending in? Generally speaking, there are a number of options for release on an MTRP. But, for the most part, you're at the mercy of the Presiding Judge of the Court from in which the probation originated. Call my office at 512-200-3801 or make contact through www.CoferConnelly.com.
Q. Can I expunge a case that has already been dismissed for free?
A: Congratulations on your charge being dismissed. Now it's time to expunge the arrest and clean your record. Filing a Petition for Expunction can be relatively straightforward or highly complex. For example, if an individual was charged with multiple offenses out of the same arrest, had most of the charges dismissed, but was convicted in at least one, it would likely prohibit an expunction (depending on certain factors). However, the treatment of Class C deferred dispositions is different from higher level deferred adjudications. Further, other subsequent arrests can impact expunction eligibility. Further, there are various statutes of limitations for different offenses. Those statutes of limitations determine the time at which an individual may be eligible for an expunction. However, the prosecuting attorney's office can consent to an early expunction through a State's Recommendation of Early Expunction. Finally, the Department of Public Safety or other entities can object to an expunction resulting in a contested hearing in front of a Judge. While expunctions can appear simple on their face, they are typically complicated in practice, detail-oriented, and time-consuming. It is always an individual choice whether to proceed with counsel or pro se in a legal matter.
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Contact & Map
Cofer & Connelly
1002 West Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Telephone: (512) 991-0576
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Notice: Because a person in crisis needs answers now, not later, Cofer & Connelly is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to serve client needs. Whether it's a 3am jail release or other emergency matter, our Firm is here to serve you.