Fort Worth Criminal Defense AttorneysAreas of Practice
Although many of our cases are considered “high profile,” because the cases are featured throughout the news media, every client gets the benefit of the firm’s criminal expertise and extensive network. Our law firm’s results and reputation throughout Tarrant County and the rest of Texas speak for themselves. Cody Cofer started his career as a criminal trial lawyer prosecuting cases in both trial and appellate courts. He approached prosecution as a boot camp for developing the necessary courtroom and negotiation skills.
Entering the world of criminal defense, Cody tried a long list of felony cases as second chair to other Fort Worth criminal attorneys to further develop his trial knowledge and skill. This included aggravated sexual assault and murder trials. Now, Cody specializes in criminal defense in both Texas and federal courts.
Common Texas Criminal Cases we defend include:
- Assault – Assault charges arise from harmful or offensive contact to another and can range from minor misdemeanors to very serious felonies. An assault charge can have serious life consequences in addition to jail time or a fine. The consequences may include loss of job, harsher treatment by police in the future, difficulty in child custody cases, and many other serious penalties. It is crucial that you immediately hire criminal defense attorney and do not discuss your assault case with anyone other than your attorney.
- Aggravated Assault – Primarily, an assault is “aggravated” when a person causes serious bodily injury to another or uses or displays a weapon while hurting or threatening someone. Aggravated assault charges are extremely serious, and even first-time aggravated assault convictions can result in lengthy prison sentences. The charges require a thorough, independent investigation that we will conduct as soon as possible. Your lawyer needs to begin aggressively working on your case immediately. Our chances of success are greatly increased by hard work during the pre-indictment phase.
- Assault Family Violence – Under Texas law, “family violence” means any act by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault or that is a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself. It also includes “abuse” against a family member or household member. We have successfully defended hundreds of family violence cases. Let us help you.
- Drug Possession – You can be charged with drug possession if the police find drugs in your clothing or anywhere near or on your body. If the drugs are in a place that you normally control or easily reach, such as the console of your car, they can claim you had “constructive possession.” We love fighting search and seizure issues. Including evidentiary problems arising under the Texas Exclusionary Rule, which excludes evidence obtained in an unlawful manner. If the police obtained evidence illegally in trying to build your drug case, we want to stop them. From 2 ounces of marijuana to Federal drug conspiracy cases, we are here to fight.
- DWI – Police are trained to build a case against you for Driving While Intoxicated from the moment they see your vehicle. The evidence they gather includes video recording, Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST) results, and a blood or breathalyzer test results. Tarrant County prosecutors will use a prior DWI conviction to enhance the punishment for newly accused DWI offenders. As a former DWI prosecutor, Cody Cofer has completed hours of training in the classroom and in the courtroom. Thus, he knows precisely how the government will present the case against you and can provide a rigorous defense.
- Injury to a Child – A person commits the offense of Injury to a Child if he or she intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence by act or intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly by omission, causes to a child serious bodily injury, serious mental injury, or bodily injury. Many Injury to a Child cases involve head injuries to the child. If there is an alleged head injury, do not speak to Child Protective Services or the police until contacting an attorney. Investigators will use inconsistencies in your story as evidence of guilt, and any misstatements by you could significantly damage the availability of a strong defense.
- Juvenile Crimes – “Juvenile” is defined as a person who is at least 10 years old but not yet 17 at the time the “delinquent act” or “conduct in need of supervision” was carried out. Unlike the adult correctional system, which focuses on punishment and public safety, the juvenile correctional system tends to focus on rehabilitation. Nevertheless, juveniles are still incarcerated in many situations. Many times a juvenile record will follow a child into adulthood and can have long-term consequences. In certain cases, a juvenile record can be sealed. However, certain crimes prevent the record from being sealed, and the record can still be accessed for special purposes.
- Robbery – A person commits a robbery if, in the course of committing theft and with intent to obtain or maintain control of the property, he intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, or intentionally or knowingly threatens or places another in fear of imminent injury or death. This is a second degree felony that carries with it a possible sentence of no less than 2 years and no more than 20 years, as well as up to a $10,000 fine. Aggravated robbery has a possible sentence of no less than 5 years and up to 99 years or life in a Texas prison.
- Sexual Assault – Sexual offenses include, among others, sexual assault, sexual abuse of a child, improper relationship between educator and student, indecency with a child, and prohibited sexual conduct. The actual occurrence of a sexual offense is tragic. However, false accusations of sexual crimes can also have a devastating impact on the career, reputation, and life of the falsely accused. Some prosecutors will go so far as to seek a conviction without any physical evidence. Thus, a life altering conviction is based solely on the word of the accuser. Sexual offense cases are highly emotional and require a great deal of discretion and skill.
- Theft – Generally, a person commits a theft if he or she unlawfully appropriates the property of another with intent to deprive the owner of the property. The most common misdemeanor theft charge is “Shoplifting,” and it can result in up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. However, the punishment range for a theft conviction is broad and can range from a simple fine to life in prison. There are many viable defense strategies to a theft charge, such as faulty evidence collection or misrepresentation by the police regarding the value of the property stolen.
- Weapons Charges – There are numerous possible weapon offenses under Texas state law and they can be based on the classification of the weapon, a weapon in a prohibited area, or a prohibited weapon. Charges include Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon, Illegal Possession of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon, Discharge of a Firearm, and Using a Weapon During Another Crime. § 46.05 of the Texas Penal Code lists weapons that are prohibited in the state, such as explosives, machine guns, “sawed-off” shotguns and rifles, silencers, brass knuckles, and several others. The State of Texas takes these charges very seriously.
Being a criminal attorney in Fort Worth is not merely a “job,” instead it is a calling and passion. Cofer Law defense attorneys have the greatest respect for the profession and deepest compassion for clients battling charges. Before arrest and through trial, you can rely on our team to fight to protect your rights and seek justice for you. This means executing a strategy with tactics designed to provide the greatest chance of winning at trial or getting a dismissal. Regardless of whether your case is a misdemeanor or felony, in state court or federal court, you need the best possible criminal attorney.