Austin’s Go-To
Juvenile Defense Attorney


Has your child gotten into trouble with the law? Arrested? Detained? Living through a child’s arrest or juvenile charge is one of the most overwhelming and frightening challenges you can face as a parent. Despite wanting what’s best for your child, you may not know how to most effectively protect them when it comes to the juvenile justice system. In times like these, you’ll need an experienced juvenile law attorney on your side – someone who will not only protect your child’s rights, but also help them return to their normal lives again.

I have dedicated my life to protecting the rights of others; I have a deep understanding of the Texas legal system and the risks that your child faces during a juvenile prosecution.

Over the course of a decade, I have handled thousands of criminal cases and tried more than 100 cases to a judge or jury. I have worked as a defense attorney and as a felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile prosecutor. As a prosecutor, I handled a wide range of felony and misdemeanor cases ranging from charges like drug possession, drunk driving, and domestic violence to violent crimes like homicide, sexual assault, and aggravated robbery.

I have also handled hundreds of juvenile cases, serving over two years as the juvenile sex crimes prosecutor for Travis County. I have substantial experience in juvenile courts and have handled serious juvenile cases including murder, aggravated robbery, burglary, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault of a child, and indecency with a child.

Armed with an understanding and awareness of how the other side thinks and operates, I employ strategic, creative, and aggressive defense strategies to seek an excellent outcome in your child’s case. I will do everything in my power to create the strongest argument to fight for your child’s freedom. I am committed to providing every one of my clients with an exceptional defense.

I routinely handle juvenile cases throughout Central Texas, including Travis County, Williamson County, Hays County, Gillespie County, and elsewhere. In the Travis County juvenile justice system, private attorneys must apply for and receive judicial approval to be assigned certain juvenile cases. I have been approved at the highest level, Level 3, eligible to handle the most difficult and complex cases in juvenile court.

These cases include Determinate Sentence cases like Capital Murder, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Robbery, and other violent crimes. These cases can also result in transfer (or certification) of the child to adult court to stand trial as an adult.

Your child deserves the most effective defense possible, and when your child’s future is on the line, I want to be there to help.

Dedication to Clients and Community

My desire to help others goes beyond the limits of my legal practice. I have held leadership positions in many community organizations that focus on improving the quality of life in Austin. I am dedicated to strengthening our community, and enhancing opportunities and quality of life in Central Texas.

I presently serve as board secretary of Texas Health Action (KIND Clinic), and a board member and former board chair of the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO).

Previously I have served as president of the Pease Park Conservancy Board of Directors, vice chair of the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Board, chair of the City of Austin Aquatic Master Plan Task Force, chair of the City of Austin Zero Waste Advisory Commission, chair of the City of Austin Recycling Ordinance Reform Committee, and co-chair City of Austin Parks & Recreation Recycling Task Force. I was also a member of the Austin Community Education Consortium, the Travis County Civil and Family Courthouse Citizen Advisory Committee, the City of Austin Parkland Events Task Force, and the Salvage Vanguard Theater Board of Directors.

A Second Chance

Attorney Rick Cofer believes that young people deserve a second chance (and sometimes a third, fourth, or fifth chance) when legal troubles arise. His experience as both a prosecutor and as a defense attorney will ensure that your child’s case is handled effectively and thoughtfully. A former prosecutor for Travis County, Rick Cofer knows how the government will prosecute your child’s case and he will provide a strategic, creative, and aggressive defense to fight juvenile charges. Schedule a consultation by calling the Law Office of Rick Cofer at (512) 200-3801.


  • We had an issue that needed to be handled in juvenile court. Rick understood the process and resolved it quickly. I would definitely recommend him.

  • 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.

  • If you want a great lawyer, I highly recommend Rick Cofer. He is respectful, hard working and most importantly actually cares about his clients. I was extremely lucky and very grateful for having Mr. Cofer represent me in a court of law. If you inquire his services you will not be disappointed.

  • I contacted Rick in searching for an attorney who could assist with a felony case I was arrested for in Austin. After the initial consultation, I knew I was in good hands as he assured me the best possible outcome of a dismissal in my case. I in turn hired Mr. Cofer to represent me in court. As I was leaving his office, he assured me several times to stay positive and believe he could do what his best intentions were, which was exactly what he did. He represented me in 4 court hearings and achieved what he said he would, a DISMISSAL! I would highly recommend Rick Cofer to any family or friends with the need to be represented legally.

  • Rick was an excellent advocate for my case. He handled it expeditiously and maintained excellent communication throughout the process. I know now where to go for any future legal issues.

  • Rick led my family through a very frightening situation with compassion, professionalism and clear, straight forward guidance. His high level of experience and understanding of the law brought our situation to the best possible outcome, dismissal! I have and will continue to recommend Rick. Thank you so much for your dedication to your profession and your clients.

  • Rick is the most professional attorney I have encountered in the Travis County. He has a wealth of knowledge and customer service I don’t see how anyone could be disappointed. He has been a huge help to me and my family.

  • I thought I was in desperate trouble until Rick came along. He’s very good at what he does and is well mannered, making you feel confident. He also is good at getting back to when responding and gets back to you in good time.

  • Rick Cofer has been a great attorney helping me to resolve my case due to the fact of my job that I really need help with my legal case and Rick help and was a wonderful attorney. if anyone needs help they should contact Rick Cofer.