Criminal Defense Attorney and DWI Lawyer

Felony Criminal Defense - DWI & Hardship Licenses - Probation Violations

"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 DWI Lawyer

I am Souder Tate, a criminal defense attorney, drug court professional and sentencing consultant. I help criminal defense clients in Springfield and throughout Southwest Missouri. I have over 31 years of courtroom experience in criminal law, including four years as a prosecuting attorney. I work hard every day protecting and defending the rights of people charged with serious drug offenses, drunk driving, burglary and stealing charges, and probation violations. I help clients get their driving privileges back. I care about my clients, and I hate the destruction criminal charges can have on my clients’ lives and families. If you or a family member has been charged with a crime in Springfield or Southwest Missouri, I would like the opportunity to discuss your case and explain how I can help.

Every Client Matters

Every client matters at Souder Tate Law. When you contact my office, you will immediately notice that my office takes a different approach to criminal defense. We listen, and we put your interests first. I want to learn as much as I can about your case so I can create 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. When 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. The judge needs to know about your life: where you come from and your vision for the future. Your story matters, and you need a criminal defense lawyer who can persuasively tell your story during plea negotiations, at trial or at sentencing. In college, I majored in Creative Writing. I know the right way to tell your life-story. Although no one can change the past, your future is not set in stone. I want to be your guide as you write a better future.

I Know What Works

You need a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney. With over 31 years of criminal law experience, I know how the criminal justice system works. I understand what it takes to analyze a criminal case and expose the weaknesses of the prosecutor's case. When the evidence 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 have served on drug courts and DWI courts for eight years. I understand addiction, treatment, alternative sentencing and sentencing mitigation. Whether in court or behind the scenes negotiating with prosecutors, I will use my experience and persistence to fight hard for you.

Call today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your criminal case.

Souder Tate: Criminal Attorney DWI Lawyer Springfield MO

Souder Tate: Criminal Lawyer and DWI Attorney with 30 years of experience in Missouri courts

Souder Tate Law: Criminal Defense Attorney, Drug Charges, DWI, Probation Violations

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

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