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.

Criminal Defense Expertise

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.

Missouri’s New Texting and Driving Law

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August 29, 2023

What Does it Mean for You? Missouri has a new law prohibiting drivers from manually typing, scrolling, or holding their cell phones while driving. The law was enacted on August 28, 2023, and applies to all drivers, regardless of age. This includes holding or supporting a phone with any part of the body, sending or


Get a Fresh Start: Expungement in Missouri

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July 19, 2023

A misdemeanor or felony on your public criminal record can make life difficult, especially when finding a job. Nations under common law offer expungement, a chance to get non-serious and first-time offenses completely sealed or removed from public record. As of August 28, 2021, thanks to §610.140 RSMo in the Missouri state legislature, more than


Sandy Ellis Recognized for Excellence in Legal Service by Missouri Lawyers Media with a 2023 Unsung Hero Award

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July 19, 2023

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Sandy Ellis, legal secretary and receptionist for Wampler & Passanise, has received a 2023 Unsung Hero Award from Missouri Lawyers Media, recognizing her commitment to excellence and behind-the-scenes leadership. Ellis was one of only eight legal secretaries in the state to receive the prestigious honor from one of Missouri’s top legal media groups.  “This


Wampler & Passanise Recognized as the Region’s Top Criminal Defense Firm by Explore Branson and NWA Media’s Best of SWMO

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July 11, 2023

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Wampler & Passanise has been voted the region’s top criminal defense firm in 2023 by the Best of SWMO. Presented by NWA Media in partnership with Explore Branson, more than 89,000 Missouri residents voted for organizations from 16 southwest Missouri counties in this year’s contest. Wampler Passanise was recognized in the professional services category. 



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