2974 East Battlefield, Springfield, MO 65804
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Federal Charges
Handled differently than state charges, it is vital that you count on attorneys experienced in handling these complex criminal cases..
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Sexual Assault
Sexual assault crimes are very serious cases. Both Joe and Dee have countless hours handling these sensitive cases.
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Drug Charges
When faced with drug related charges it is important to know your rights and have a lawyer that is an EXPERT in this field at your defense.
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DUI Charges
Dee and Joe both have many years of combined experience in dealing with alcohol related offenses, specifically DUI charges.
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Guest Lectures
Named among Missouri's "super lawyers" by Super Lawyers magazine, both Joe and Dee share their winning tips in their lecture series.
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Joseph Passanise

Joseph S. Passanise graduated with honors from Missouri State University with his undergraduate in Political Science and Communication (1991), and Master’s of Arts degree in Communication (1993).

Photo of Dee Wampler He continued his education as a Rotary Scholar obtaining a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of London, Imperial College (1995) and obtained his Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from Washburn University School of Law (1997). Passanise is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and both the Western and Eastern District Federal Courts.

He practices criminal defense in federal, state, and municipal courts with partner Dee Wampler located in Springfield, Missouri and has participated in a large number of high profile jury and bench trials. Passanise is a Past President of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) and is a frequent speaker at Missouri Bar and MACDL conferences. He has been chosen as a member by the National College of DUI Defense (2004 – Present) and has taught as per course faculty at Missouri State University in the Communication Department for many years.

The Missouri Bar selected Passanise as a Lon O. Hocker Trial Advocacy Award recipient (2002) and was given a President’s Award (2009) in recognition of his efforts with the Non-Partisan Court Plan effort in Greene County. Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly chose him as one of the top five “up and coming lawyers” for the state of Missouri (2003) and a finalist for “Lawyer of the Year” (2008). His peers have recognized him as a Best Lawyer in America (2007 – Present), a Missouri Super Lawyer (2006 – Present by Law & Politics Magazine top 5% attorney according to peer review), American Trial Lawyers Association (2007 – Present), and Who’s Who in American Law (2009). The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association President’s recently honored Passanise with the 2008 President Award in recognition for extraordinary service to the bar.

Presently, he serves on the Parenting Life Skills Board and is involved in a number of community projects. Passanise is married to Jennifer Steffes and they have two beautiful children Bella and Samuel along with two labs, Josie and Alibi.

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Joseph S. Passanise has recognized by as the 2014-15 Springfield, MO Criminal Defense: White-Collar "Lawyer of the Year." line break


Joseph S. Passanise has been given a 10.0 Superb rating AVVO online legal review in the areas of Criminal Defense, DUI and Federal Crime.line break


Joseph S. Passanise has been elected a fellow in the prestigious American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL).


Attorneys Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise have been named to Missouri "Super Lawyers" in the criminal defense areas of Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI, and White Collar Criminal Defense.
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Joseph S. Passanise has been recognized as a Missouri Super Lawyer and was featured in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2011 Magazine as a top lawyer.
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Criminal Defense Attorneys handling white collar cases in Springfield, St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri
as well as Arkansas and surrounding states. Case expertise with DWI, Sexual Assault, Federal Charges Felony, Capital Murder, Burglary, and Drug charges.
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