Experienced Springfield Missouri Criminal Defense Attorney and DWI Lawyer
"Souder Tate far exceeded my expectations as an Attorney who not only cared but got better results than I had ever hoped for."
Criminal Defense Attorney and Sentencing Consultant
I am Souder Tate, a criminal defense attorney, drug court professional and sentencing consultant. My law office is located in Springfield Missouri, and I represent criminal defense clients throughout Southwest Missouri. I have almost 30 years of courtroom experience and served four years as a prosecuting attorney. I work hard every day protecting and defending the rights of people charged with driving while intoxicated, serious drug offenses, property crimes such as burglary and stealing, and probation violations. I also help clients get back their driving privileges. I am a criminal defense lawyer who cares about my clients, and I care about the destruction which criminal charges can have on my clients’ families and lives. I want to be your guardian, advocate and guide in criminal defense.
Every Client Matters
Every client matters at Souder Tate Law LLC. When you contact my office, you will immediately notice that my staff and I take a different approach to criminal defense. We listen, and we put your interests first. We learn as much as we can about your case and then craft a strategy to address your unique legal needs. I will carefully explain your options, enabling you to make wise decisions about your criminal defense and your future. I will guide you through the Missouri criminal justice system and spell out all the options available to you.
Your Story Matters
Your life is a story about where you come from, how you got here and where you are going. If you are charged with a crime, the prosecutor has a story about why you are guilty. The prosecutor’s story may be wrong, but even if it contains seeds of truth, it certainly is not the complete story. Your story matters, and you need an attorney who can persuasively tell your story during plea negotiations, at trial or at sentencing. At Missouri State University, I majored in Creative Writing. I know a good story when I read one, and I know the right way to tell your life story. Although no one can change the past, the future is yet to be written. I want to be your guide as you write a better future.
I Know What Works
Knowledge and experience play a major role in successfully defending criminal cases in Missouri. You need a law firm that knows how the criminal justice system works. I know what it takes to analyze a case and expose the weaknesses of the prosecutor's case. And when the case against my client is strong, I have the knowledge and experience to develop a criminal defense plan which will put my client in the best possible light. I serve on drug courts and DWI court, and I understand alternative sentencing and mitigation. Whether in court or behind the scenes negotiating with prosecutors, I will use my experience and persistence to fight hard for you.
I serve criminal defense clients throughout Southwest Missouri, including Springfield, Greene County, Christian County, Webster County, Stone County, Lawrence County, Polk County, Dallas County, Taney County, Douglas County, Ozark, Nixa, Marshfield, Bolivar, Galena, Mt. Vernon, Branson and Ava. I also help people from other states who need an experienced criminal defense attorney in Southwest Missouri to defend them against DWI and DUI, Drug Charges, burglary, stealing, forgery, domestic assault, speeding and other traffic tickets.
"Mr. Tate runs a professional and efficient law practice that has very reasonable fees. I could not be happier with the service I received. Mr. Tate and his assistant Rachel are courteous and professional. They both worked very hard to ensure that my case would have the desired outcome that I was looking for. I would not hesitate to use Souder Tate Law LLC again." - Ron, felony DWI client
"Souder Tate far exceeded my expectations as an Attorney who not only cared but got better results than I had ever hoped for. He came recommended to me by a friend and after doing some exhaustive research on many Attorney's in the SW MO. area, we decided to give him a try ... I wouldn't dream of shopping for another Attorney as long as Souder Tate Law Firm is in business. He's an honest, hard working, knowledgeable, trustworthy, responsive, fair man and you don't find that often, if at all, when searching for the right Attorney to take yours or your loved one's case. Thank you so very much Souder!" - E. H., DWI Client
"Souder Tate is just a supremely professional attorney. He gave me honest answers to tough questions. He believed in me and listened to my concerns. He knows the law and the judicial system and works very hard to achieve the best possible outcome. His expert counsel helped me resolve my issue and brought me piece of mind during the process." - a Criminal Defense client