What Our Clients Say


From the start, I could tell Joe cared about me and my situation. He believed in me and took a personal interest in helping. I recommend Joe and his team to anyone who finds him or herself in trouble with the law.


For the first time, I felt like someone was on my side fighting for me. We won and my case was dismissed. They were great to work with individually and as a team, there isn’t anyone else I’d rather have in my corner.


After years of limbo, I was able to receive the best outcome from my case and it was all thanks to them.


From the moment I met Joe, I knew he was the best before he even reviewed my case. Look no further when searching for the best attorney in Southwest Missouri.


Mr. Passanise and his staff were very thorough, ensuring we understood every step of the process, and did a great job. Even though our situation was probably very “routine” for them, they still gave us attention and knew it was important to us.


They got a better outcome than earlier counsel claimed was possible. I highly recommend them. THIS IS YOUR WHOLE LIFE. Who’s representing it for you?


Joe came highly recommended by a friend. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results!


Wonderful law firm, great lawyers. Very satisfied. Highly recommend. Great communication.


Found out I had a warrant out for my arrest from back when I was in college. Taylon was super nice and easy to talk to and had my case dismissed within two days. Made my life so easy for a dumb mistake I made 7 years ago!


Taylon Sumners and Joe Passanise are quite the powerhouses! They were professional, strong, compassionate, and wonderful to work with. They took a really bad situation and fought until we had an outcome that was better than we could have hoped for. I would recommend Taylon and Joe without hesitation.


I was extremely pleased with my outcome. This whole situation has been life-changing because they encourage you to stay on the best path and make the necessary changes!


Hiring Taylon was the best decision that we made! She kept us up-to-date throughout the probation violation process while putting our concerns at ease. She is compassionate about her clients and doesn’t settle until the desired outcome is achieved.

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When facing a serious allegation or charge, you need a proven criminal defense team on your side. Don’t take a chance with your case — the stakes are too high.


Practice areas

Whether you have been arrested or charged with a criminal violation, the choices you make at this time can affect your life long after your legal matter is resolved.
At Wampler & Passanise, our lawyers understand what’s on the line: your freedom, your reputation and your constitutional rights.

DUI/DWI Defense

We will fight to get your charges reduced or dropped so that you can protect your driving privileges.


Drug Charges

We know how to get results for clients facing misdemeanor and felony drug charges.


White Collar Crimes

White-collar crime can be incredibly complex and create a lifetime of consequences. We have the experience you need.


Sex Offenses

We act on your behalf immediately to challenge allegations and charges that can damage your reputation for life.


Violent Crimes

We represent the most serious criminal charge and don’t shy away from defending those accused of violent crimes in court.



While the expungement process does not work as a pardon, it does begin to return you to the position you were in before you were arrested, charged or convicted of a criminal offense.


Federal Cases

Federal Crimes require a legal team experienced in litigating these often-complex charges. We have the experience you need.


The Team You Want on Your Side

We aggressively defend our clients against misdemeanor and felony offenses because we believe that a single mistake should not dictate your future. When you hire Wampler & Passanise, you get a team of legal professionals focused on your case.

Firm Achievements

Our award-winning lawyers have been honored by peers, professional organizations and publications for their legal abilities and records of success.


Criminal Law Blog

Whether you have been arrested or charged with a criminal violation, the choices you make at this time can affect your life long after your legal matter is resolved.
At Wampler & Passanise, our lawyers understand what’s on the line: your freedom, your reputation and your constitutional rights.

What is Reasonable Doubt?

Blog | Criminal Defense |

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In the realm of criminal law, the concept of “reasonable doubt” holds immense importance. It isa fundamental standard that must be met for a conviction in criminal trials, ensuring that onlywhen the evidence firmly convinces the jury of the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubtcan a guilty verdict be rendered. Understanding this concept is crucial


Minor in Possession (MIP) Laws 101 

Blog | Criminal Defense | Drug Charges |

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A Guide to Tax Fraud: How to Avoid Mistakes and Get the Most from Your Return

Blog | Criminal Defense | White Collar Crime |

March 27, 2024

Tax fraud is a serious offense that can have drastic consequences. According to the IRS, around 2,550 financial crimes took place in 2022 involving over $31 billion. There was a 90.6 percent conviction rate on these cases – revealing the government’s determination to crack down on financial crimes. It is essential to understand what constitutes


Court Plan hits full steam in Greene County

Legal News |

December 25, 2023

In 2008, Greene County voters adopted the Nonpartisan Court Plan to choose their local judges. Fifteen years later, the transformation of the Greene County Circuit Court is complete. Since last year, the final group of judges who had once been elected under partisan labels — Calvin Holden, Thomas Mountjoy, Jason Brown, David Jones, Mark Powell



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